Alessandro Raho, 'Pablo', Oil on canvas, 274 x 198 cm, 2011
Pablo and Adham
Jessica and Jessica
Alessandro Raho, 'Jessica', Oil on canvas, 264 x 195 cm, 2011
Alessandro Raho, 'Adele', Oil on canvas, 271 x 195 cm, 2011
Alessandro Raho, 'Ewan', Oil on canvas, 271 x 195 cm, 2011
and Ewan and Pablo
The Pavilion of Realism
11 May - 24 June 2011
Internationally renowned Alessandro Raho, one of the youngest artists to be included in the groundbreaking "Brilliant! New Art from London" at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis in 1995, is to present one of his most important exhibitions to date. Opening on 11 May 2011 at Thomas Williams Fine Art, the artist will show a selection of innovative large-scale portraits. Deliberately choosing to paint siblings and friends, Raho's subjects directly look back at us, challenging our gaze whilst stimulating our sense of emotional engagement. On display will be two life-size male and female nudes; the artist's first attempt at the subject. While contemporary culture is saturated with pornography and artificially enhanced bodies, these two figures deliberately stand apart. Unexposed and uncorrupted, their sense of autonomy is preserved with powerful effect. In this must-see exhibition, Alessandro Raho's new work undeniably affirms is position as a principle figure in the generation of contemporary artists leading the current revival of figurative painting in the UK.
Alessandro Raho was born in the Bahamas in 1971. After training at Goldsmith's College, London for a degree in Fine Art he has gone on to achieve international acclaim. His previous exhibition venues include the Kunsthalle, Basel, Cheim and Reid in New York and Taro Nasu in Tokyo, to name a few. In 2004 Raho was commissioned by London's National Portrait Gallery to paint the actress Dame Judi Dench. Examples of his work can be found in many important public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Berardo Collection, Lisbon. He lives and works in London.
Thomas Williams Fine Art Ltd
22 Old Bond Street, London