A Visit to the Saatchi Gallery

Whilst staying with friends for the weekend on their Dutch Barge moored very close to the Hammersmith Bridge we took the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Art.

Firstly we visited an Art Fair in Chelsea Town Hall showing a diverse range of art styles. It was very busy with lots of very small stands and felt a little claustrophobic. I wondered how many sales actually took place and how much the artists had had to pay for their space!

Then onto the Saatchi Gallery, founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi, and finally on to the Tate to see the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition.

The Saatchi Gallery is housed in a beautiful building and grounds with free entrance to all. It hosts several exhibitions some of which are wacky to say the least – a sculpture of a horse wrapped partly in cling film with a fur coat over its head, a sofa with the back taken out of the frame, and a circle of vacuum cleaners attached to the wall were amongst many of the strange exhibits.

There are several galleries within this beautiful building but the one that stood out by far to all of us was by a Russian artist:

Georgll Uvs
Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitability

Presented by KALIBRE

As you enter the darkened gallery you are immediately struck by the vibrancy of colour and as your eyes remain focussed on one of the pieces you suddenly realise that it changes and seems to metamorphosise into a living entity. It is a stunning exhibition which we all found inspiring.

Georgll Uvs is a former Geologist as well as a trained artist and he has pioneered a new approach to abstract art in which he has developed a technique in painting with ultraviolet reactive pigments.

I quote from the information displayed in the Gallery:

“This exhibition is an articulate synthesis of science and art depicting four interlinking groups – Mesozoic, Genesis, Code and Wings and each group represents a journey through the cycles of nature and life. The uniqueness of Georgll Uvs’ work can be seen in his use of a personally developed painting technique that is governed by paint density, with the inclusion of UV light pigments and a rich consistency of colours. Pouring these full-bodied paints onto the surface – never directly touching or intervening – and without using a brush, he manipulates the material from underneath the canvas. The outcome radically alters our perception of the painting and its relationship with the surrounding space.

This idiosyncratic style of painting stems from Uvs’ idea that no artist can alter nature better than nature itself and that intervention by the artist must be minimal. His aim is to communicate the beauty and perfection of nature through a form of spontaneous conflict where the artist remains the creator, but the creation, through self-determination, materialises via an intense relationship between mind, hand, material and environment.

The absence of surface intervention allows Uvs’ paintings to develop an independent existence during the process of their creation, a process that he can only partially control. Some of the paintings take up to three years to dry.

Full Circle seeks to evoke the beauty of the unstoppable force of nature, and the consequential transformation of the inevitability of change into The Beauty of Inevitability.”

I’m not sure how much longer the exhibition runs for but it is well worth a visit.

There are several articles and interviews available – just google Georgll Uvs: Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitabiity.

Esther Marshall

Saatchi Gallery
Duke Of York’s Hq
King’s Road
Chelsea, London
SW3 4RY