For those who aspire to access the art market, and knowingly display it, LUMAS is a gallery to start at. The concept is clever: unlike traditional fine art galleries, LUMAS is styled as a display home with complementing furniture by DOMO. Signed editions of photographs, plus a few digital works, are affordably priced at various size scales.
Noteworthy at their latest launch is infrared urban photography by Paolo Pettigiani, a striking technique associated with Richard Mosse’s works from Eastern Congo. As with Mosse, it transforms foliage into fairy floss.
Subjects less ordinary include fantastical still life wildlife by Klaus Thymann, of giraffes wandering in country manors.
Equally displaced are Pat Swain’s birds, reminiscent of Degas’s unfortunate fox in the undergrowth.
Subjects more ordinary include fashion, flowers, and architecture that are approachable rather than arresting.
I was drawn to Jean-Marie Ghislain’s sharks, (akin to Japanese koi watercolours) and charmed by Iouri Podladtchikov’s composition.
In an age of prolific photography, LUMAS is positioned as a curator to the masses, linking its artists to the global art market. Find them this Christmas at their Docklands pop-up gallery, and the north bank of Church Street Bridge.
Maloti writes about art and books.
597 Church Street
LUMAS @ Cargo Home Display
88 South Wharf Drive
Saturdays in December 11pm to 3pm.