The new art gallery, Informality opened on Thursday last week in Market Place and hosted a drinks reception inviting special guests to view their first exhibition, The Curious Eye Never Runs Dry by Paris based, Australian artist, Anthony White.
The exhibition is Anthony’s first solo show in the UK. His work has been included in over 40 group exhibitions Internationally including important group exhibitions in Hong Kong at The Cat Street Gallery. His work has also been hung among major art prizes for contemporary landscape painting in Australia including, The Paddington Art Prize for Landscape Painting, The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and The John Glover Art Prize.
Frederick McDonald, Director of Informality said, “The reaction has been great and we have had a vibrant crowd tonight who are interested that this is something new and even though it is a contemporary, minimal, curatorial space, having the white walls elevates the work on show. The gallery allows people to enter what’s international and what’s happening in a market town and I think it has been a successful launch.”
Frederick has worked with Anthony when he worked for a gallery in Sydney. Anthony said, “I think that it’s important, the relationship between gallerists and artists. It’s a unique relationship and it’s something that gallerists understand artists and build their careers around. It’s really important the dynamic between the two. It’s the first time I’ve been to Henley and I’m here because of the relationship Frederick and myself have. Everything in the art world is about relationships, connections and whether you feel it or not. That’s 100% what it is all about. I’ve had some great and excellent feedback and some interest in works titled Lampedusa and Portal II.