Art at Petersham
Artworks from the personal collection of Francesco Boglione. Displayed at our restaurants The Petersham and La Goccia in Covent Garden.
DRAWING RALLY - Jonas Wood
“I’m using these images as a vehicle for practicing painting. I think of painting as an accumulation of practice. It’s technical. It’s scientific.” - Jonas Wood
Jonas Wood creates paintings, drawings, watercolours, collages and outlines of pots and vases (featuring his wife, Shio Kusaka’s work) where the perspective is tiled, and the viewpoint distorted. The space of the composition is compressed and filled with figures, plants, toys and household objects, creating impactful reflections on the convergence between art and life. Wood plays with our vision of the world, dissecting the visible and reassembling it into storytelling scenes, re-animated domestic spaces of a new psychological landscape.
With great acumen and anticipating Wood’s remarkable success, Francesco and Gael Boglione acquired this piece at Art Basel, before the Wood became the hottest artist of his generation, now represented by Larry Gagosian, the art dealer who built an international empire over the past 25 years. Gagosian is currently showing in the New York gallery the first survey of prints by Jonas Wood; a limited-edition silk scarf was designed by the artist with this particular painting.
PARTY GIRLS - Claire Tabouret
Claire Tabouret explained her process in an interview with Flaunt magazine: “First, I paint a portrait of a child— nice and tidy. Then I cover it with makeup as a child’s first primitive gesture related to painting. The makeup is about painting, but also about wearing a mask.”
She often uses neon colours that could not be found in a natural landscape, therefore they evoke, for the artist, a mental light, a mental world. By using acrylic paint diluted in water the viewer can barely distinguish the first bright neon colour but still feel that the light coming from underneath, from behind the surface.
The designer Pierre Yovanovitch has recently commissioned the artist a fresco in his deconsecrated 17th century chapel. Tabouret’s work has been acquired by major collections and is notably part the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Pinault Collection, Agnès b, and FRAC Auvergne, among others. Her work has been extremely successful, not only among critics and collectors, also the press is very fond of this young French artist:
Vanity Fair recently published a feature about her in their art edition, alongside Pablo Picasso and George Condo. She currently lives and works between Paris and Los Angeles.
THE CITY YOU EXPEL, 2014 & SOMETIMES COLOUR IS ENOUGH TO WORK FROM, 2016 - Matthew Chambers
Matthew Chambers recreates images drawn equally from pop culture, movies, art history, his own imagination as well as fragments of his previous abstract works. To create his large
scale floral works Chambers starts by purchasing and photographing flowers arranged by himself in different compositions. These compositions are then drawn on the canvas by deconstructing the images in shapes and colour blocks, repainting over them with matched colour enamel adhesive, and then sprayed with nylon flock powder, creating vibrant velvety
surfaces emphasized by this new unfamiliar materialism.
Chambers wishes to create a moment of pause by inviting the viewer into the canvas, drawn into the colour, if only momentarily, away from the overflowing chaos of reality, by the only experience of seeing.
Matthew Chambers was born in Idaho in 1982, he lives and works in L.A.
ORIZZONTE MEDITERRANEO - Giuseppe Gallo
Giuseppe Gallo, born in Rogliano (Cosenza) in 1954, lives and works in Rome. After being initially attracted to conceptual art, he later turned to reviving traditional painting, concentrating in particular on informal work. He is a founding member of the Gruppo di San Lorenzo in Rome which became internationally renowned in the 1980’s and was supported by the notorious Italian art-critic, Achille Bonito Olivia. Since then Gallo has embarked on a long series of important exhibitions worldwide. In 2016 a work was presented by Christie’s New York, and established an extraordinary record price for the artist’s work (appraised at $40,000 - $60,000, it ended up being sold for $300,000). Gallo’s works are part of prestigious international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Modern Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), Fukuyama Museum of Art (Japan), and MART (Rovereto, Italy).
This large canvas is the last work Francesco Boglione and his mother, Anna Pecco Boglione, bought together. Her great instinct and passion for contemporary art was passed on to her son, this shared interest and passion became with time a big part of the Boglione family’s style.
UNTITLED (Some Girls are too Big For) - Jime Dine
Jim Dine is an American artist closely associated with the development of Pop Art in the early 1960’s. His works ranges from vibrant, large-scale paintings to exquisitely-rendered,
romantic drawings and bronze sculptures. In 1964 his work was present at the 32ª Biennale di Venezia where Robert Rauschenberg was awarded the Leone d’Oro and the Pop Art phenomenon exploded internationally.
Over the past years Jim Dine has donated large personal selections of his art to museums across the world, including the British Museum in London, the Albertina in Vienna, the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Gallery of Victoria, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and more recently the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Dine currently lives between New York, Paris, and Walla Walla, Washington.
This particular work was among the first Francesco Boglione’s mother, Anna Pecco Boglione, acquired in New York in the early 1970’s, advised by renowned art dealer Leo Castelli.
ARTICHOKE I - Sarah Graham
AMARYLLIS - Sarah Graham
“Sarah Graham’s pictures are bold, brave, and beautiful, and look fantastic in contemporary or traditional settings, I highly recommend them.” - Jane Churchill
Sarah Graham draws her inspiration from a lifelong fascination with natural world, especially insects and plants, which she describes as the “lyrical and mysterious”. Through her intense
sense of examination, she creates strong majestic forms borrowed from the Natural History Museum or memories of her travels. Graham celebrates the monumental, sculptural
grandeur of certain plant forms with majestic, water-based ink, works. “Ink is a merciless medium once it’s in the paper it is the for good. But I love how it dries, often in uneven pools”
IRIS - Sarah Graham
This group of five large works, three Amaryllis and two Iris, is a special commission for Petersham Nurseries’ new restaurant, La Goccia, in Covent Garden, where nature continues to be the main source of inspiration.
Sarah Graham was born in Edinburgh in 1973. Between 1992 and 1996 she completed two MA’s at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art in History of Art and Fine Art. Graham travelled extensively for many years; Australia, Turkey, the Far East and Central Asia. She also spent many years in the USA working for Antiques Dealer John Hobbs. Graham lives and works in Chelsea, London.
ROSAS DE AYER - Jorge Galindo
Describing his own work as “dirty pop”, Jorge Galindo monumental paintings are gestural and expressionist. His oeuvre, characterized by a certain physical abstraction and apersistent
taste for large formats, reveals an obsession with collage that has ended up defining both his pictorial action and his understanding of images. Galindo’s large-scale canvases are marked by an aesthetics of excess, featuring bold, expressive brushstrokes, splatters, marks, and sometimes collage elements that cultivate a
sense of layered lushness and frenzy. Amidst his gestures, glimmers of formal recognition appear – most frequently, of flowers. As beautiful as they are recycled, Galindo is fascinated
by unreal depictions of these plants, full of metaphoric potential.
In 2021 the artist presented a large group of works with award-winning Spanish film director Almodóvar, part of a long-standing collaboration between the two artists and more recently showed in New York with the internationally renowned artist Julian Schnabel in a two two-person exhibition.
Jorge Galindo was born in 1965 in Madrid, Spain. Trained in the workshops of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, his artistic oeuvre spans more than three decades. Galindo’s work has been exhibited internationally including at the Hamburger Bahnhof,
Berlin; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. Galindo lives and works in Toledo, Spain.
By Oisin Byrne
Oisin Byrne’s flowers are depicted with vivid and dramatic colours, the forms are enlarged and cover the entire surface of the sheet, almost like dancing vigorously out of the curved vases.
“I want the paintings to look as if they are still being drawn in some way. They are still happening; they become like film in that sense, occurring through time and observation, as one bloom decays and is replaced by another. They are collages of time: each work is made across multiple or ‘cut’ pieces of paper.” – Oisin Byrne
Oisin Byrne (b.1983) is an Irish visual artist, writer and filmmaker based in London. He received his BA from NCAD Dublin, and his MFA from Goldsmiths University London. Byrne’s work has been exhibited internationally in institutions including Salzburger
Kunstverein, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Princeton University. He is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communications.
ROSE BUD - Alex Katz
In Rose Bud, 2019, Alex Katz beautifully depicts two rose buds in brilliant pinks and reds on a simple blue-gray background. This work has many of the hallmarks of Katz’s iconic artistic style. He uses bright saturated colors and flat blocks of color, reminiscent of Japanese woodblock printing techniques, which have been very influential to Katz throughout his career. The close cropping of the composition create an intimacy and emphasize the relationship between the viewer and the subject of the work. Katz painted many works of flowers of all sorts, and experimented with color, lighting and cropping in these compositions. This work is incredibly charming, with the warm pink blooms contrasting perfectly with the cool green of their stems and the pale background.
Katz developed his signature style as a reaction against the Abstract Expressionism that dominated the mid–20th century, when he began painting. Instead, he embraced narrative,
figurative clarity and the accessible pleasures of Pop art, though he remains untethered to any particular school or movement. With flat planes of rich, lovely color, Alex Katz’s landscapes and portraits evoke the smooth aesthetics of advertising billboards and film.
His work has been included in shows at institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai, among others. His work belongs to multiple public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Tate.