Hello art lovers and welcome to our last column of 2022. It’s the festive season and a time to reflect on the year and give thanks!
Ace Art has much to be grateful for, we launched our Online Art gallery back in July with “Ace Art Revolution” at John Mackintosh Hall.
The exhibition featured local artists Gail Francis-Tiron, Monica Popham and locally based artists Delia Balaguer and Warren Fox. Ramon Maiden, based in Barcelona, joined our contemporary line up with his tattooed pin ups and religious illustrations. The exhibition was headlined with the artworks of International artist, Jana Nicole. She was recently awarded the prestigious Prix Puvis de Chavannes in Paris at its 160th anniversary. She graced us with her presence at our Revolution Exhibition and fell in love with Gibraltar and its people. We’ll be joining Jana at her own exhibition in Surrey this month. That special touch at our exhibition was delivered by the Gibraltar Body Paint Association who surprised guests with two spectacularly painted models.
We then travelled to London to attend an exhibition featuring local artists at The Bermondsey Project Space. It was organised by the Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and curated by Philippa Beale. The exhibition was a great showcase for our local artists; Monica Popham, Karl Ullger and Naomi Duarte have all been nominated for awards and entered in both local and international exhibitions.
We have continued with our pledge of promoting local and international artists with our exciting new ‘WineArt Club’ at The Wine Shop. Guests were introduced to new wines and art works and many took advantage of the WineArt Club special offers on the night. At our November event we saw Monica Popham release her first print ‘Blue Casares’. The Limited edition A3 and A4 prints are available on our website for anyone wanting to add some colour to their walls.
Our portfolio also had a boost as we added the works of international artists Heath Kane and Rich Levine. Heath has enjoyed much success with his sell out series ‘Rich Enough to be Batman’ featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rich has created a fun, colourful collection featuring some much loved childhood characters such as Tintin, Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown.
We finished the year with a Pre Christmas Exhibition at the John Mackintosh Hall a few days ago and featured all of our favourite artists. Encouraging people to give the gift of art this Christmas, special offers were available on all our featured artworks.
Ace Art has a lot to be grateful for this year, thank you to all the artists and collaborators we’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with this year. We can’t wait for 2023, we’ve got more new artists lined up and some exciting exhibitions planned, so watch this space! But for now, Ace Art wishes you all a very Happy Christmas, enjoy the festive season and we’ll catch up again in the New Year.