James Hy­man adds a £38,400 piece of art his­tory to his con­tem­po­rary col­lec­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

ART HIS­TO­RIAN and gal­lerist James Hy­man has bought a com­plete Michael An­drews mu­ral from the fa­mous Lon­don drink­ing den the Colony Room for £38,400 — a bar­gain, in his eyes. The Colony Room in Soho, a favourite of some of the world’s most fa­mous artists such as Lu­cian Freud, Fran­cis Ba­con and Damien Hirst, is fac­ing clo­sure. So, for Dr Hy­man, this was an op­por­tu­nity not to pass up.

He tells Peo­ple: “The Colony Room was a key part of Lon­don’s cul­tural his­tory and I think it was im­por­tant to pur­chase the piece from a his­tor­i­cal point of view — es­pe­cially if the club is clos­ing.”

Dr Hy­man, 41, runs the James Hy­man Gallery in Cen­tral Lon­don, which spe­cialises in mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art. He re­cently ex­hib­ited a dis­play of pho­to­graphs taken by Linda McCart­ney. He says: “I am not sure what will hap­pen to the Colony Room, but it was im­por­tant to save it and get it into a mu­seum col­lec­tion. I’m sur­prised the Tate or Mu­seum of Lon­don didn’t go for it, es­pe­cially as the price wasn’t strato­spheric; the mu­ral is eas­ily worth be­tween £150,000 and £200,000.”

Dr Hy­man has worked in­ter­na­tion­ally as a writer, lec­turer, broad­caster, cu­ra­tor and art dealer. His prize-nom­i­nated book The Bat­tle for Re­al­ism: Fig­u­ra­tive Art in Bri­tain dur­ing the Cold War 1945-60, was pub­lished in 2001. He re­ceived his PhD from the Cour­tauld and writes reg­u­larly for art jour­nals and ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logues.

A fa­ther-of-three, he lives in Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb, North Lon­don, and at­tends Nor­rice Lea Syn­a­gogue.

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