Unit London is pleased to announce the launch of our new 6000 sq. foot gallery space at 3 Hanover Square, London, in June 2018. The former Citibank property covers two expansive exhibition floors and will form a new central London flagship to house the gallery’s growing primary artist roster, in addition to a wider mix of creative collaborations and interdisciplinary cultural events. The inaugural exhibition, ‘The Garden’, by South African artist Ryan Hewett will feature an entirely new series of brightly-saturated oil paintings, drawing on continued notions of fantasy and surrealism.
Unit London continues to provide a distinctive platform for artists who possess unique and inimitable talent, regardless of their background, status or commercial reputation. South African artist, Ryan Hewett is emblematic of the gallery’s ethos, representing an exciting new wave of contemporary painters who remain firmly committed to exploring the traditional medium.
For ‘The Garden’, Ryan Hewett’s third solo exhibition with Unit London, the artist has incorporated a myriad of geometric structures, depicting abstract figurative forms and isolated environments, drawing from human experience and the natural world. The eponymous hero piece, ‘The Garden’, lends its name to the title of the exhibition and can be viewed as a starting point for the artist’s evolving exploration of multi-dimensional landscapes and complex layering. The new body of work retains the heavily vigorous textural quality of Hewett’s distinctive earlier practice, alongside a juxtaposition of flattened angular shapes that draws the viewers’ focus back to the materiality and technique of traditional painting.
The forthcoming exhibition signals a transition towards more ambitious large-scale painting thanks, in part, to Hewett’s move to a new studio space in his hometown of Cape Town in September 2017. The Garden is 2 x 3 m, the largest the artist has worked on to date, taking six months to complete. Hewett has had three sell out shows with Unit London and his work can be found in private collections internationally, including collections in South Africa, Dubai, Los Angeles, Zurich, Miami, London, New York and Riyadh. He is locally represented by the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.