Monthly Archives: May 2012

‘A Round with Muhammad Ali’

May 31, 2012

Mark Powell is delighted to present A Round with Muhammad Ali an exhibition showcasing the photographs of Muhammad Ali taken by Dutch photographer Christina Jansen.  

It is located at 2 Marshall Street, SOHO, London W1F 9BA

Now Open, Viewing Mon-Fri (10-6), Sat (11-5)


Getting ready for the Diamond Jubilee!!!!

May 29, 2012

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a group show organised and curated by Karine Giannamore of La Galerie London.  This exhibition is to celebrate the special date of the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, La Galerie London has commissioned new works inspired by her image, her life or symbolic and royal objects.  La Galerie London is also showing Helen O’Keefe’s work titled, “Where I Live” tomorrow!  Come by to the pop up exhibition located at The Hollywood Gallery for some Diamond Jubilee Celebration Drinks from 6-9!

Hollywood Gallery: 12 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY (off Fulham Road)


Helen O’Keefe: “Where I Live”

Helen O’Keefe: “Where I Live” close up

Here is La Galerie London’s post on Helen O’Keefe: Helen O’Keefe is another artists whose works are dominated by colour.  Originally from Australia and based in London for many years, Helen O’Keefe originally worked with painting silk fabrics for designer collections (Fortnum and Mason, Harrods), painting murals and was commissioned to paint both “themed” shop windows – many for The Cross in London – and also pictures.  The artwork presented here in the exhibition is part of her new and original method of painting which she recently developed by painting on glass.  This has led to intriguing and absorbing possibilities, and seems to reflect the kaleidoscopic elements in life.  Following this idea, Helen O’Keefe will present a unique work which celebrates the vibrant and unique life of the monarch with elements of british society and its history as a background.  This is a perfect Diamond Jubilee artwork.

Helen O’Keefe: Bespoke painted plexiglass panels

May 24, 2012

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World Boxing News

May 24, 2012

World Boxing News

23 May 2012

Muhammad Ali exhibition comes to London this summer

Picture by Ken Regan


In the Rings with Ali

A retrospective exhibition during the London 2012 Olympics to celebrate the 70th birthday of Muhammad Ali

19th July private view; 2nd private view date at start of Paralympics to be confirmed
Gallery open to public from 20th–26th July, 13th–28th August,

Thu, Fri 5–9pm; Sat, Sun 12–5pm

Gallery open at other times for hospitality events

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is the world’s all-time favourite Olympian. Since 1960, when he won a gold in Rome, through 1996 when he managed with shaking hands to light the Olympic Cauldron in Atlanta, he has been a symbol of all that is inspirational and heroic about the event.

In 2012, to mark Ali’s 70th birthday, a major exhibition is being held at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, overlooking the main Olympic stadium. Photographs and paintings of Ali at different stages of his life will be shown alongside audio and video installations, poetry and memorabilia, recording not just his contribution to sport but also his extraordinary humanitarian work through the decades.

• The opening private view on 19th July will bring together leading members of the British, American and Dutch Olympic teams, with boxing particularly well represented, as well as many celebrities, some of whom are associated with Ali’s charities.

• Ali’s brother, Rahaman Ali, will be flying over from the US to attend, and on the 20th he will be one of the runners carrying the Olympic torch in Guildford.

• The exhibition organizers and sponsors are teaming up with ex-boxers Oliver Wilson (British Light Middle,Middleweight and Henry Cooper Golden Belt Champion) and Rod Douglas (British Light Middle and

Middleweight) to deliver “The Muhammad Ali Outreach Programme”, which will work with deserving young boxers from Holland and England. Together with Rahaman Ali and young people from the local community, they will present a non-contact boxing extravaganza at the Private View on the 19th July and in Guildford on 20th.

• All artworks at the “In the Rings with Ali” exhibition will be for sale and a percentage of the profits will be donated to Amnesty International, Parkinson’s Research, and to a local boxing club in East London.

• Forman’s Smokehouse, the closest venue to the Olympic site, has a stunning new gallery space that has already hosted several successful exhibitions. As the name suggests, they produce some mouth-watering smoked salmon, and have a gourmet restaurant and bars overlooking the main Olympics stadium.

All events will be designed to promote Ali’s inspirational philosophies:


(ALI 063)  September 15, 1978Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World for an unprecedented third time.  This feat stands today, having never been accomplished before or since.  Champ was triumphantly raised on shoulders but there was this sadness in his eyes, as he kissed and waved the ending of his legendary career. (Picture by Michael Gaffney from THE CHAMP – My Year With Muhammad Ali)


“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision.”

Picture by Chris Smith

About Muhammad Ali:

Three times world heavyweight champion, self-proclaimed “The Greatest”, Muhammad Ali was never less than entertaining as a fighter. There were his pre-fight insults to opponents delivered in rhyming couplets, his unorthodox fighting style – which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” – and his homespun, inspirational views on life.

For the last 25 years, despite suffering increasing physical disability associated with Parkinson’s Syndrome, Ali has worked tirelessly for the humanitarian causes he believes in, including relief of poverty, education, adoption, race relations, and encouraging people of all races to understand and respect each other.

• Ali has helped to provide 232 million meals to those suffering food poverty, and has hand-delivered food and medical supplies to needy communities in Asia, Africa and North and South America.

• He is the international ambassador of Jubilee 2000, a global organization dedicated to relieving debt in developing nations.

• He has raised millions of dollars for research into Parkinson’s Disease.

• Ali has been a peace campaigner since the 1960s, when he refused to fight in Vietnam, and he continues to fight for peace to this day.

• In the 1960s he worked alongside black activists to try to end race discrimination in the US, and he remains an ambassador for race relations under Obama’s administration.

• Former President Jimmy Carter called Ali “Mr International Friendship” and in 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

• Amnesty International have given him their Lifetime Achievement Award and the Secretary-General of the UN bestowed him with the citation United Nations Messenger of Peace.

No other sportsman has done so much, in so many areas, while fighting severe progressive illness, but as Ali says:

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

Picture by Christina Jansen

About the exhibition:
Photographers and artists showing their work at “In the Rings with Ali” will include Ken Regan, Dave King, Sonia Katchian, Chris Smith, Neil Leiffer, Michael Gaffney, Neil Kenlock, Christina Jansen, Chris Gollon, Melissa Gordon, Roberto Robanne and Duncan MacAskill. It is estimated that 1,200 visitors a day will visit the gallery.

“In the Rings with Ali” is the brainchild of Dutch photographer Christina Jansen, who first met and photographed Ali in 1986. She lives in London, working as a portrait photographer in music, film and advertising. It has taken two years to bring together the leading world artists and photographers who are exhibiting at this event and get it off the ground. Christina is project leader of the venture.

Sandra Higgins, the curator of “In the Rings with Ali”, is an experienced Independent Art Advisor and Curator and as such represents many artists internationally. She has curated a number of special exhibitions for clients in England, France and the United States. She exhibits artists annually at international art fairs and organises frequent ‘pop-up’ venues for exhibitions in alternative spaces such as corporate headquarters, retail shops and private

Artsinform, the PR, marketing and communications team behind “In the Rings with Ali”, have been working on major exhibitions in London for over 15 years. They have promoted exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery, the Fine Art Society and the Science Museum, and worked for the UK’s top art fairs, such as Masterpiece and 20/21 British Art Fair.

Lance Forman, the owner of Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, was enthusiastic about the exhibition from the first, and as well as allowing use of the exhibition space he has agreed to be one of the event sponsors.

The Dutch Embassy are among the exhibition sponsors, as part of a programme to promote social inclusion through art and sport.

For further information please contact:
Christina Jansen:  07973 677760
Sandra Higgins:  07721 741107
Artsinform (Jessica Wood):  020 7403 4482
The Muhammad Ali Outreach Programme:

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Muhammad Ali

Review by Featured Editor, Anna Bang of Volt Magazine

May 16, 2012

Gallery Petit | Helen O’Keefe


Turkish Shawl

There’s a growing trend for ‘civilians’ to get a chance to meet the actual artists. Sometimes it’s a one-off chance, such as the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale or the yearly opening of a studio space to the general public. I think this is a great move – anything that removes the perceived preciousness from art can only be a good thing.

At Sandra Higgins’ Gallery Petit, you get to see the art in an inviting, home-style environment. Sandra is on hand to tell you about the pieces and is very happy to share her extensive knowledge about art. As an independent Art Advisor with an MA in Fine Art, a guide for the Tate and a curator for exhibitions at Blacks Club in Soho amongst others, she is clearly very well equipped for this role.

She has recently begun a series of Private Receptions to meet selected artists in her gallery at home. Sandra usually reserves the drinks parties for her close contacts and art buyers that she has built a relationship with but as the price list of her current exhibition of Helen O’Keefe’s wonderfully colourful, multi dimensional works shows, you don’t have to spend a fortune. And it is a rare chance to experience an Art Salon in the style of what I imagine the great Chelsea Arts Club to be!

Appointments can be booked from the information available at Sandra’s website – - and then you can build your relationship from here.

All works by Helen O’Keefe, which is on show till the 13th June.

Words by Anna Bang




Warm Trees

Many thanks to Anna Bang!

Review of Mirror Images by Jacopo Nuvolari for 1883 Magazine

May 14, 2012

Even in times of recession, British art is in good shape and despite what its detractors may say, London is still one of the most sparkling centres of contemporary art in the world. It goes without saying, a good part of this success is due to the many prestigious galleries spreading around the city; but – let’s face it! – art galleries can be incredibly intimidating places, even if you have been dealing with them for quite a long time.

If you are among those who have ever dreamed of a more informal and intimate place for exhibitions, know that your dream has now come true. Following a trend started in Paris, the independent art advisor and curator Sandra Higgins has recently begun a series of “private receptions” to introduce the work of outstanding artists in the relaxed atmosphere of her exquisite home gallery in the heart of modish Kensington and Chelsea. With a long experience of working with several individual clients, corporations as well as institutions, Sandra undoubtedly knows who to bring under the spotlight: her latest show – Mirror Images, featuring the work of Australian-born British artist Helen O’Keefe –  certainly won’t let you down.

With a varied background covering many aspects of applied art and crafts, Helen O’Keefe makes artworks that are a real feast for the eyes. After a long time collaboration with London-based fabric designer Les Lansdowne, Helen moved into painting murals and furniture for residential and restaurant interiors and then into painting miniature furniture for international collectors of dolls house furniture in a delightful 17th and 18th century style.

In more recent years, Helen has begun painting on glass and has been commissioned to paint both “themed” shop windows and also pictures. She has also developed a method of painting onto Plexiglass with attached mirrors which gives a 3D effect; full of light, rich colour and a feeling of exuberance, Helen’s mirror paintings aim to explore the effects of reflections and illusions. The influence of her early years in Australia is unquestionably evident in the use of colour and underlying patterns, evidently reflecting the eye of a fabric designer.

In regard to the use of colour in her work, Helen explains: “Colour is my life. I surround myself with it in my painting and my home. Without it I would feel very sad. I’m greatly influenced by the wonderful colours found in India, in all aspects of life – rich but subtle colours in off-beat combinations are around every corner. Patterns on printed fabrics, embroidery and beading from all corners of the world also fascinate me. In my work, I layer colour, pattern and reflective materials such as metal foils, mirror and glass, to create rich, glowing images”

Mirror Images is a pleasurable wave of colour under the leaden sky of London; surely not to miss.

Helene O’Keefe – Mirror Images will be available to view on appointment until June 13th at 46 Harcourt Terrace, Apt. 3, London SW10 9JR. Tel: + 44 (0) 207 244 7194; Mobile: +44 (0) 7721 741 107. 

All images courtesy of Helen O’Keefe

Words by Jacopo Nuvolari

Helen O’Keefe’s – Mirror Images Private Reception

May 10, 2012

It was such a wonderful day filled with amazing food, amazing company and of course…amazing art.  Thank you Aristotle for capturing yesterday’s event, Simon Desmond for catering such wonderful food and a big thank you to Lance Forman for generously donating the smoked salmon.  Here are a couple snaps of yesterdays event.  Enjoy!


PRESS RELEASE: Helen O’Keefe – Mirror Images

May 8, 2012

chelPrivate Reception May 9th 2012

Sandra Higgins is delighted to present Mirror Images an exhibition showcasing the work of the Australian born British artist Helen O’Keefe.

O’Keefe has recently developed a method of painting onto plexiglass with attached mirrors which gives a 3D effect. With these and the paintings on glass, she has been exploring the effects of reflections and illusions. This has led to intriguing and absorbing possibilities and seems to her to reflect the kaleidoscopic elements in life. Her paintings are full of light, rich colour and a feeling of exuberance. The influence of her early years in Australia is evident in her use of colour and underlying patterns, reflecting the eye of a fabric designer.

‘Colour is my life. I surround myself with it in my painting and my home. Without it I would feel very sad. I’m greatly influenced by the wonderful colours found in India, in all aspects of life – rich but subtle colours in off-beat combinations are around every corner. Patterns on printed fabrics, embroidery and beading from all corners of the world also fascinate me. In my work, I layer colour, pattern and reflective materials such as metal foils, mirror and glass, to create rich, glowing images ‘

The exhibition will be a complete interior transformation with the artist installing bespoke painted plexiglass panels within the large window frames, of the Gallery Petit which will form cascades of coloured light throughout the space. In recent years, O’Keefe has begun painting on glass and has been commissioned to paint “themed” shop windows – many for The Cross in London. The plexiglass panels will be available by special order. The walls will be adorned with O’Keefe’s 3D light boxes.

Sandra Higgins is an Independent Art Advisor and Curator who deals with individual clients, corporations and institutions. She has recently begun a series of Private Receptions to introduce the work of outstanding artists in her small gallery/salon in relaxed atmosphere which invites dialogue between the artist and client.

Available to view on appointment until June 13th 2012

46 Harcourt Terrace, Apt. 3, London SW10 9JR

Tel: + 44 (0) 207 244 7194 Mobile: +44 (0) 7721 741 107

Patricia Poullain Show in Paris – Private View

May 4, 2012

These photos were taken by C. Casanova at the Private Reception for Patricia Poullain.  The show is open to viewing until May 12 at the Grace Teshima Gallery.  For enquires, please contact Grace Teshima at