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Art in the fast lane

Pepper Gallery pops up in Aston Martin’s Park Lane showroom

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Art in the fast lane

June 10 2013
Nicole Swengley

As a contemporary art and sculpture venue, Stratstone, Aston Martin’s Park Lane showroom, comes pretty high in the glamour stakes. It is the latest luxe London location where the nomadic Pepper Gallery has chosen to pop up. Here, for five days from Tuesday June 11, high-tech engineering will meet high-calibre art.

Pepper Gallery has a penchant for choosing unusual spaces in which to present work by established and emerging artists, making the link between high culture and luxurious living. Previous venue partners have included Max Mara, Artisan du Chocolat, Audi City London, Kirsten Goss and publisher MacMillan. Still, hanging the artworks of this latest show, Gold Fusion, amid Aston Martin’s glossy speed machines (including the newly released Rapide S and all-new Vanquish) is gallery owner Beatrice Ridley’s most daring move yet.

Highlights include Nic Fiddian-Green’s impressive Still Water bronze (£75,000) and Henry Moore’s Seated Nude, 1954 drawing (£35,000). Michael Bennallack Hart’s atmospheric The Pinnacles, Dorset (first picture, £5,250) skilfully captures light and movement along the English coastline, while Paul Wright’s oil painting The Cup (£2,900) is a powerfully expressive still life that demonstrates distinctive use of texture and colour.

Further eye-catching pieces include Jeremy Houghton’s vibrant abstract Girls’ Night Out (second picture, £5,000), Charlie Mackesy’s mysterious portrait Girl Smoking (£10,000) and Eduardo Hoffman’s dynamic Bosques Rojos, 3237 (£48,000). Work by emerging artists, meanwhile, includes Alicia Rothman’s abstract Escher-esque September View (£900) and Beatrice Ridley’s gloriously gilded, seductively sensual Line & Girl (third picture, £2,500).