SHAPE SHIFTING: As Brexit grinds ahead with all of its cross-channel animosity and anxiety, Londoners continue to throw open their arms to foreign talent, and business. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said from the start that, Brexit or not, London is open for business, and Osborne Studio Gallery Belgravia has turned those words into action.
A top gallery known worldwide for its sporting paintings and bronzes, Osborne has changed gears this month and invited the Argentinian-born, Paris-based artist Ruben Alterio to show of his abstract works — new and old — in the space on Motcomb Street, not far from Knightsbridge.
The show, which runs until April 4, features Alterio’s moody works made with broad, sensual sweeps and warm earth tones, such as russet, corn, indigo and teal. There is a rowboat and water inspired by a muddy river in the artist’s hometown of Buenos Aires; rounded elephant-like shapes and an oyster resembling a large, kohl-rimmed eye. A big brush stroke of dark sky hangs over a minuscule cityscape while a structure resembling a naïf beach tent looks as if it was cut from colored paper.
Riachuelo by Ruben Alterio, who is making his London debut at Osborne Studio Gallery.
The dapper, 70-year-old Alterio, who