By Dorota Kozinska

It features nine present-day painters ranging from their 30s to their 60s, who brave the new media onslaught, dedicating themselves steadfastly to the art of painting.

Their styles and visual landscapes are varied, what binds them is their non-conformist stance and its attraction for the younger generation.

Painters' Painters showcases the art of Richard Aldrich, David Brian Smith, Dexter Dalwood, Raffi Kalenderian, Ansel Krut, Martin Maloney, Bjarne Melgaard, Ryan Mosley and David Salle.

They have taken the medium of painting as their sole vehicle but in doing so, hitched their wagon to the brightest star in the visual arts firmament.

There is no end to what can be expressed via the simple gesture of applying paint to canvas.

From figurative to abstract, these artists walk the line between mainstream and niche, charting their very individual paths.


Richard Aldrich, Future Portrait #49, 2003 Acrylic on panel 30.5 x 30.5 cm © Richard Aldrich, 2003 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London
Bjarne Melgaard, Untitled (Fear of Les Super), 2007 Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm © Bjarne Melgaard, 2007 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London
Raffi Kalenderian,, Spirit Guides and Sunflowers, 2008 Oil on canvas 152.4 x 248.9 cm © Raffi Kalenderian, 2008 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London
Ryan Mosley, Piano Tuners, 2011 Oil on canvas 220 x 190 cm © Ryan Mosley, 2011 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London



Some of them have been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize, while others have exhibited their work from London to LA; most are graduates of well known colleges in the UK and abroad, and many can boast important art awards and scholarships.

And the art itself? As is often the case with group shows, and Saatchi Gallery in particular, the presentation is uneven but that perhaps gives it its flavour.

From Aldrich's whimsical portraits, through Smith's and Kalenderian's fantastical landscapes, to explosive Art Brut paintings by Melaard, the offering is diverse and the works find a way of dialoguing with each other.

Saatchi Gallery
London, UK
30 November 2016 - 28 February 2017 externe)
David Brian Smith, Great Expectations - A Windy Day, 2015 Oil on linen 220 x 270 cm © David Brian Smith, 2015 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London
Dexter Dalwood, Kurt Cobain's Greenhouse, 2000 Oil on canvas 214 x 258cm © Dexter Dalwood, 2000 Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London
David Salle, Mr. Lucky, 1998 Acrylic and oil on canvas and linen 239 x 340 cm © David Salle, 1998 Image courtesy of the Saatchi