Hey Art Lovers! We have lots to tell you about as we have had a very exciting month with our Ace Art Revolution
Exhibition at Gustavo Bacarisas. Months of planning and hard work culminated in a very busy week where we spent 3 days prepping and hanging artwork which filled the 5 vaults at Gustavo with exciting contemporary art and photography.
We went on PR overdrive promoting the event with plenty of media coverage for our artists appearing on live GBC TV, live radio and podcast interviews as well as feature articles in the Gibraltar Chronicle. The opening night was very well received and saw our guests indulge in a world of exciting new artwork and an exhilarating performance by Nathan Conroy and the Recycle Junkies.
Welcomed into the Gallery by Jana Nicole, guests were treated to a selection of her award winning botanical series. Jana Nicole wanted to celebrate her return to The Rock and pay homage to its natural flora and fauna and created the Mons Calpe collection. Mons Calpe is inspired by Gibraltar and pays tribute to our oldest Barbary apes Mercedes and Giorgio. The two original designs are out now and consist of a limited edition series of 25.
Heath Kane is a politically orientated artist who has exhibited alongside Jana in the past, was very excited to visit Gibraltar and was thrilled to witness Jana Nicole get attacked by a local Barbary ape. He stood there recording the moment whilst Jana struggled to keep hold of her bag. Jana did not find this so funny but the rest of us did. Thanks for that Heath! Originally from Australia and now based in the UK, Heath introduced us to a different style of art and delivered his message, which everyone understood and appreciated, none more than the Bayside GCSE and A Levels students. Accompanied by their Head of Department local artist Karl Ullger they had the privilege of meeting and speaking to the artists. This was a very special moment for me personally and the artist themselves as our mission has always been to inspire and support the next generation of artists.
Apart from introducing new international art to Gibraltar we always work with, support and promote local artists. On this occasion we had Stephen Hermida headline our Photographic vault and Naomi Martinez showcasing her award winning photography and new unseen digital series. Stephen has had his work published in prestigious magazines such as the National Geographic and has exhibited his work in New York amongst the top 50 Humanity Photographers. He is on a mission to get photography seen and appreciated as an art form as he believes this is lacking in Gibraltar and our Revolution exhibition has offered him the platform to do just that.
Naomi Martinez has been the recipient of many local awards. She is a multidiscipline artist and is currently exhibiting in both Gibraltar and Spain. Ace Art really wanted to showcase her digital series that was inspired by her Grandfathers photographs which she has brought back to life and added vibrancy with her colourful style. Well done Naomi! We also had works by Monica Popham, Gail Francis-Tiron, Zulaika Vallance, Delia Balaguer and Warren Fox.
The exhibition line up was completed by Marco Prizont a very young but mature photographer based in Cadiz who plays with light, shade and exposure to create amazing shots. Marco is working on a new Gibraltar inspired series, so watch this space as we will have more news soon. Ramon Maiden with his original tattooed pin up girls and Rich Levine with his geometric illustrations completed a very different contemporary exhibition. You can find more information on our artists and their work at www.aceart.gi and follow us on social media to stay informed. I would also like to thank everyone who has attended the event, the artists involved and The Wine Shop, Silver Key Estate Agents, GBC and Gabriella Peralta who all helped to promote and sponsor our opening night.