Exhibitor listing
  • Marilyn: Champagne and Diamonds, 2015 -
  • RED, 2016 -
  • Life is Beautiful, 2016 - Mr.  Brainwash
  • Marilyn Monroe, 2016 - Mr.  Brainwash
  • Balloons over Paris, 2016 - David Drebin
  • Panther, 2015 - Gilles Cenazandotti
  • Photographing Herself, 2016 - David Drebin

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Exhibitor's Artists:

Hijack
Biography :
Hijack Biography Hijack is a prodigy in his own right and one of the most talked-about, up and coming artists in today’s contemporary art scene. Hijack’s works are a revelation in street art - imaginative, brilliantly constructed and seen in cultural hot spots all over the globe, from Los Angeles to London. As he’s evolved as an artist, Hijack has crafted a persona, inspired by the spirit of music and the poetry of everyday moments, that creates colorful and meaningful perspectives on life. In April 2013, Hijack took the UK art scene by storm with his first solo exhibition. The show was so highly anticipated that it sold out. Works including: Never too Young to Dream Big and Perfection is False, struck a chord with the exhibition’s attendees. When Hijack hit the streets tagging a stencil of Never too Young to Dream Big in London, it caused such a sensation that it quickly caught the attention of UK news outlets and websites. The exhibition garnered a mass of buzz and Hijack’s landmark debut was featured in Art of England’s June 2013 issue, Huffington Post UK, The Art Newspaper and The Telegraph. In October of 2013, Hijack was invited to do an exhibit at the Dieresis Cultural Center in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibit was extended for months, attracting large crowds, drawing a mass of media attention, and delighting international art collectors and audiences. The year of 2014 proved an incredible one for Hijack, as his rise within the art scene was meteoric. In June 2014 Hijack mounted a solo show titled Life Through Street Art at one of Paris’ most chic contemporary galleries. In November 2014, Hijack had his Asian art show debut. The show created an avalanche of press for Hijack, including a feature in Vogue Japan. The following year was nothing short of extraordinary. In 2015, he collaborated with world-renowned Swiss watchmakers Hublot and Fashion TV to have a show on the Swiss Alps in Gstaad. The show took place at the famous Palace Hotel


Ansel Adams




Also exhibited by: GALLERY M,
Richard Avedon




Hanneke Beaumont




Harry Benson




Natvar Bhavsar
Biography :
Natvar Bhavsar’s pigment paintings of lambent, voluminous color have a transcendent, pulsating effect. Bhavsar’s monumental works are created using dry, sifted pigment, released onto the canvas in patterns that parallel the movements of the artist’s body as he works. Layer upon layer of pigments are transformed into compositions that have an effect not unlike staring into a clear night sky. Born in Gujarat, India in 1934, Bhavsar moved to the US in the early 1960’s, where he became an influential member of the New York School of Colorists- he is in fact credited with easternizing the Color Field language through his use of thrown and sifted pigment. Natvar Bhavsar’s paintings are in more than 800 public and private collections, including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; and the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts.


Cayla Birk.
Biography :
Cayla is an outstanding young artist whose creative and intelligent mind thrive on a contemporary style. She was proudly raised by a single mother who exposed her to a vast amount of culture and world experiences. Her influences come from a wide array of writers, musicians, and epistemologists. The most prominent including: Jack Kerouac, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Palahniuk, and several others. A large portion of Cayla's works merge traditional acrylic paints with other unique materials; she transcends the confines of mixed media art to create a style all her own. A signature approach of intricate designs pervade all of Birk's body of work - her instantly recognizable gestures and marks boast austere verbiage and shroud depictions.


Margaret Bourke-White




Mr. Brainwash
Biography :
Mr. Brainwash Biography B. 1966 - Mr. Brainwash, the pseudonym for Thierry Guetta, is an internationally-known Pop Artist and videographer whose street art and Contemporary pieces are highly valued by collectors. Mr. Brainwash utilizes famous artistic and historic images, including Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Andy Warhol, Kate Moss, and Mickey Mouse, and alters them in significant ways. Born in Paris, Guetta moved to L.A. at age 15 with his father and siblings after his mother passed away. He attended high school for about a year before dropping out and becoming an event organizer in Hollywood. Guetta sold vintage clothing in L.A., New York, and Miami before his fascination with graffiti was ignited during a trip to France in 1999. There he learned that his cousin was the famous street artist Space Invader. Guetta began filming Invader and other street artists in action, including Shepard Fairey and Zevs. While filming, Guetta encountered the most famous street artist: Banksy. At the encouragement of Banksy, Guetta began creating his own street art and had his first solo show as Mr. Brainwash in 2008. In 2009, Mr. Brainwash assisted Banksy in launching his Los Angeles show Barely Legal, which was attended by notable celebrities and collectors. The two artists then decided to make a documentary following the secretive life of Graffiti artists. Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy, includes shots of Invader taken by Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar. Mr. Brainwash’s artistic evolution and rise to fame is documented in the film, and the success of Exit Through the Gift Shop brought Mr. Brainwash a massive following. Musicians such as Madonna and the rock band Red Hot Peppers are fond of the artist, and Mr. Brainwash has been hired for several promotional projects. Mr. Brainwash’s art fuses historic pop imagery with images of contemporary pop culture to create a brand


Mr.  Brainwash - Marilyn Monroe, 2016
Marilyn Monroe, 2016
Mr.  Brainwash - Life is Beautiful, 2016
Life is Beautiful, 2016
Also exhibited by: Gallery Valentine, ZK Gallery,
Henri Cartier-Bresson




Gilles Cenazandotti
Biography :
Gilles Cenazandotti was born in 1966, in Bastia, Corsica. He lives and works between Paris and Morsiglia, Cap Corse. Cenazandotti develops a reflection on the future of our planet and the evolution of our lifestyles that approaches science fiction, a universe necessary to the survival of man and species. His work attempts to show a complex, enigmatic nature, a technological paroxysm where man tries to imitate nature through artificial recreation.


Gilles Cenazandotti - Panther, 2015
Panther, 2015
Lynn Chadwick
Biography :
Lynn Chadwick was born in London in 1914. He trained as a draughtsman and in 1937 joined an architectural practice, designing exhibition stands for trade fairs. During the war, Chadwick served as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. Afterwards he moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire and began constructing mobiles out of wire and balsa wood. He had his first one-man show in 1950 and in 1952 contributed sculptures to the British entry at the XXVI Venice Biennale. This was the exhibition that prompted the art critic Herbert Read to coin the phrase 'the geometry of fear' to describe the work of Chadwick and his fellow British contributors. In the early 1950s, Chadwick began to concentrate on solid, free-standing sculptures. In 1956, Chadwick won the prestigious International Sculpture Prize at the XXVIII Venice Biennale, which secured his international reputation. Chadwick was appointed CBE in 1964, and continued to exhibit widely until his death in 2003. Tate Britain held a major Chadwick exhibition later in that year.


Also exhibited by: TAYLOR | GRAHAM,
Also represented by: SPONDER GALLERY,
Chuck Close




Salvador Dalí
Biography :
Salvador Dali was one of the most important Spanish artists of the 20th century. He was a versatile artist, not limiting himself to painting. His artistic repertoire included sculpture and he is also known for his contributions to photography, film, theatre and fashion. Dali was born in Figueras, Catalonia. He studied in Madrid and Barcelona before he moved to Paris in the late 1920s where he met Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. He experimented with Cubism and Dada and progressed naturally into Surrealism and his eccentric manner, his talent for self publicity made him the world’s best known representative of the movement. Surrealism is based on the belief on the liberation of the human mind, accessing the subconscious for greater artistic creativity. Dali employed extensive symbolism in his work, letting each form and colour represent many possible meanings. One of his most famous works is ‘The Persistence of Memory’, a painting of soft watches and melting clocks, suggesting that symbolically time is relative and not determined. He repeated the image of a limp watch in many paintings and sculptures like this bronze. In 1940 he moved with Gala, his wife and muse to America only to return to Spain in 1955. He lived in Catalonia and after the death of Gala he became a recluse. The largest collection of Dalí's work is at the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueras, Catalonia, Spain, the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Salvador Dalí Gallery in Pacific Palisades, California. His work is also represented in all major galleries in the world.


Jim Dine




Also exhibited by: Gallery Valentine,
Also represented by: Casterline|Goodman Gallery,
David Drebin




David Drebin - Balloons over Paris, 2016
Balloons over Paris, 2016
David Drebin - Photographing Herself, 2016
Photographing Herself, 2016
Jean Dubuffet




Alfred Eisenstaedt




Also represented by: GALLERY M,
Andreas Feininger




Kevin Francis Gray




Karen Gunderson




Frederick Hart




Horst P. Horst
Biography :
Photographer best known for his photographs of women and fashion taken while working for Vogue. Exhibition :
Photographer best known for his photographs of women and fashion taken while working for Vogue.

Also represented by: GALLERY M,
Jasper Johns




Jon Kuhn




Jacques Lipchitz




Aristide Maillol




Joan Miró




Brendan Murphy
Biography :
Brendan Murphy Biography B. 1971 - Brendan Murphy (B. 1971 - ) is a world renowned artist. Brendan was born in Bloomington, Indiana but grew up in Providence, R.I. Brendan’s artistic career began in New York City where he mentored under some of New York’s most iconic painters, Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Ross Bleckner. Their influence is evident in Brendan’s command of color and experimentation with form. Brendan continues to push the walls of creativity beyond the confines of the canvas and has since explored sculpture work, concept pieces, and a wide range of different materials and tools. In doing so, Brendan has developed his own style, a definitively dynamic mix of the abstract and figurative form. Each of Brendan’s works maintain a consistent exploration of color, language, and symbols. Thematically, Brendan explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the energies of life. Brendan is particularly inspired by art’s potential to transmit positive energy, and the effect that the positive energy has on society as a whole. Brendan’s talent lies in his ability in balancing these various elements of exploration against the backdrop of his greatest inspirations; formulas, equations, relationships, and the spectrum of human emotion.


Marc Quinn




Robert Rauschenberg




Auguste Rodin




James Rosenquist




Sophie Ryder




Lucas Samaras




Thomas Scoon




Daniele Sigalot
Biography :
Daniele Sigalot Biography B. 1976 - Daniele Sigalot (Blue and Joy) was born in Rome in 1976. His artistic talents were initially fostered within the advertising field. Sigalot worked for seven years among several major agencies in Italy, Spain and Great Britain. In 2007 he left Saatchi and Saatchi London to dedicate himself full time to the artistic project by the name of Blue and Joy, which he founded with Fabio La Fauci in 2005. For years, the project’s name is a nom de plume of the Sigalot/La Fauci duo, which they continued their prolific four-handed production until 2013. At the end of 2014, the duo dissolved its partnership and Daniele Sigalot went on with his solo career focusing his works on big aluminum installations and unconventional mosaics. Major brands, such as Fendi, have utilized his artistic talents to elevate their brand with custom installations and window displays. The center of his research spins around the ambiguity between the perception of the materials he uses, and their actual nature, thus creating a sublime contrast that is the core of his entire production. Sigalot’s most recognizable works are certainly the massive paper plane installations. Upon first glance, the individual plane components of the installation are made out of paper, an ephemeral material. In actuality, they are each carefully hand-crafted out of metal. Together, with these fleets that Blue and Joy (Daniele Sigalot) has literally flown around the world, he has installed and exhibited his planes in more than thirty cities to the four corners of the globe.


Jack Spencer




Maria Svarbova
Biography :
Maria Svarbova Biography B. 1988 - Maria Svarbova was born in 1988; she currently lives in Slovakia. Despite studying restoration and archeology, her preferred artistic medium is photography. From 2010 to the present, the immediacy of Maria’s photographic instinct continues to garner international acclaim and is setting new precedents in photographic expression. The recipient of several prestigious awards, her solo and group exhibitions have placed her among the vanguard of her contemporaries, attracting features in Vogue, Forbes, The Guardian, and publications around the world; her work is frequently in the limelight of social media. Maria’s reputation also earned her a commission for a billboard-sized promotion on the massive Taipei 101 tower, in Taiwan. Maria’s distinctive style departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, colour, and atmosphere. Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative palette. The human body throughout her oeuvre is more or less a peripheral afterthought, often portrayed as aloof and demure rather than substantive. Carefully composed figures create thematic, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects. Her images hold a silent tension that hint at emergent possibilities under the lilt of clean and smooth surfaces. There is often a sense of cool detachment and liminality in Maria’s work. Routine actions such as exercise, doctor appointments, and domestic tasks are reframed with a visual purity that is soothing and symmetrical and at times reverberant with an ethereal stillness. The overall effect evokes a contemplative silence in an extended moment of promise and awareness—a quality difficult to achieve in the rapid pace of modern life. Maria’s postmodern vision boldly articulates a dialog that compels the viewer to respond to the mystery, loneliness, and isolation of the


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec




Edward Weston




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Founded in 1999
Steve Hartman   Owner/President
Karen Tscherne   Director
Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Contessa Gallery is driven by three main principles: passion, integrity and education. Our area of expertise encompasses pre-twentieth century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, and works on paper. Coupled with a strong commitment to service and connoisseurship, Contessa Gallery has developed a notable local, national, and international following and a reputation for integrity and excellence.

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