Culture articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Textured Shadow, Coloured Light – The Luxury Channel Meets Rashid al Khalifa By Fiona Sanderson

We talk to Rashid al Khalifa at the opening of his latest exhibition, “Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light,” which is being held at Saatchi Gallery from 3rd – 21st October 2018. Rashid’s London debut invites us to explore the beauty of textured shadows and light cast through polychromatic metal structures. Aluminium mesh wall works, suspended steel grid mobiles, and a monumental maze form the basis of this immersive exhibition inspired by architectural grids and geometric lattices. In recent years, Rashid has experimented with metal and convex surfaces, creating openings in his aluminium wall works to reveal the intimate space

A Portrait of The Tree By Scott Manson

Global influencers including Sir Richard Branson, Jasper Conran and Raymond Blanc share the secrets behind their favourite tree as The New Unit London hosts a new photographic exhibition, A Portrait of the Tree….

The majestic glory of the longest living organism on the planet is showcased at an extraordinary collection of works, collectively entitled A Portrait of the Tree, that runs at Unit London’s new Hanover Square site from 17th to 28th September.

The images were shot and curated by renowned photographer Adrian Houston, who spent five years roaming the world – taking in Namibia, Madagascar, Ibiza, France, America and

The Luxury Channel Meets Cecil By Fiona Sanderson

Cecil is an alternate indie pop artist from Berkshire. She released her debut EP in April 2017 which subsequently received support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, BBC Berkshire, BBC Oxford and many other regional radio stations. The resulting success saw Cecil take to stages all over the UK and led to her opening the main stage at Jamie Oliver’s The Big Feastival, where she was the only unsigned artist to play the main stage. She has since performed at BBC’s Carfest for Children In Need and headlined the O2 Academy Islington.

Cecil takes her name from her great uncle

The Luxury Channel Meets Flo & Joan By Fiona Sanderson

They may not be household names – yet – but anyone who frequently watches UK TV will be familiar with the work of musical comedy sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (better known as Flo & Joan) from the Nationwide adverts. Following a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and two sell-out stints at London’s Soho Theatre with their critically acclaimed debut show The Kindness of Stranglers, award-winning Flo & Joan – whose hit The 2016 Song, berating the anus horribilis that saw the deaths of icons from Bowie to Prince, received more than 47 million views online –

Curtain Up At Garsington Opera’s World Premiere By Fiona Sanderson

Garsington Opera’s box office is now open for what is anticipated to be a very exciting season of four new productions (Die Zauberflote – Mozart’s last opera, Capriccio by Strauss and Falstaff by Verdi) and its first ever Festival World Premiere, The Skating Rink by leading British composer David Sawer and award-winning librettist Rory Mullarkey. The opera is based on the novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

In a filmed interview (click here to watch in full), The Luxury Channel meets award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey, to hear how he travelled to the original campsite in Castelledefels in Spain where

The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series – Carine Roitfeld’s Seven Deadly Sins By Fiona Sanderson

World-renowned fashion editor Carine Roitfeld talks exclusively to The Luxury Channel on the eve of her ‘‘SEVEN’’ Widow Series exhibition for Veuve Clicquot….

It was with a sense of true excitement that The Luxury Channel joined guests including Yasmin Le Bon, Leomie Anderson and Eva Herzigova for the launch event to open ‘‘SEVEN,’’ the third instalment of The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, curated this year by iconic fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.

Carine reminded us that ‘‘when we think of ‘The Widow’ – the founder of Veuve Clicquot – she was such a modern woman, a business woman in fact. She

At Home With Artist Eileen Cooper OBE By Fiona Sanderson

On the eve of her first solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, The Luxury Channel talked to Eileen Cooper, one of the UK’s foremost and most collectable female artists, about her life and works and her forthcoming exhibition, “Till The Morning Comes.” This exhibition will feature new paintings and a series of drawings inspired by English National Ballet’s recent production of “Giselle,” choreographed by Akram Khan.

With an illustrious career, not only as an artist, Cooper was the first woman to be elected as Keeper of the Royal Academy, the first woman to hold the post since the

It’s All About The Family For Steinway & Sons By Ramy Salameh

“The word ‘family’ has a special significance for Steinway & Sons,” announced Mr. Guido Zimmermann, the company’s Managing Director for Europe, during a very special anniversary dinner to celebrate 25 years of the Boston Piano designed by Steinway & Sons. With production briefly halted and machinery pushed to one side, a small part of the Hamburg factory was transformed into an exclusive dining area, creating a very unique venue and occasion. The mood lighting, starched-white linen on the tables and glistening glasses complimented the family of Steinway Piano brands (consisting of the Steinway, Boston, Essex and Spirio) lined up like

Mayfair Art Weekend By The Luxury Channel

The creative and cultural community of Mayfair will be joining together to celebrate one of the world’s most dynamic cultural districts with a weekend of public events, running from Friday 30th June until Sunday 2nd July. Over 60 Mayfair galleries, auction houses, fashion houses and restaurants are staging a rich array of exhibitions, talks, tours, performances and pop-ups which will bring the cultural landscape of Mayfair to life by celebrating the district’s diverse offering as a vibrant hub of talent, creativity and craftsmanship, where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

Over 60 galleries, auction houses, leading fashion brands

A New Way To Invest In Fine Art By Miguel Neumann

In uncertain times, the fine art market offers a reassuring investment opportunity. Largely immune to political change, it is less volatile than currencies or capital markets.

The global market was worth more than $45billion last year – a 1.7% annual increase, according to the European Fine Art Foundation Report 2017. Prices have fallen back a little from the peak of July 2015, but are around 15% higher than in the market trough of November 2012 and the market is stable and robust. The outlook is optimistic.

Wealth managers are looking beyond traditional investment products and there is a strong

Koo Stark Unveils Kintsugi By The Luxury Channel

Koo Stark has unveiled her first solo exhibition in London for 23 years, called Kintsugi, being held at Leica Mayfair in London until 26th May 2017.

Kintsugi is a chronological, visual representation of Koo’s powerful and personal photographs, capturing fleeting moments during the last three decades of her fascinating and eventful life. The exhibition showcases a varied collection of Koo’s work from the 1980s to the early 2000s, covering many genres and subject matters: from her early reportage, formal studio portraiture, a series of nudes, and recent still life. Using her artist’s eye, daylight, film and camera, Koo shows us

Anderson & Low’s Voyages By The Luxury Channel

Set sail with Anderson & Low’s latest project, Voyages, which continues the photographers’ exploration of themes that are recurrent in their work – the relationship between fantasy, artifice and perceived reality, pushing the boundaries of what a photograph is “supposed to do,” exploring how imagination and reality interact, and relating these concepts to art history.

The images depict the ship models from the Science Museum’s extraordinary stores, re-presented and re-imagined through elegant means: simply by not removing the protective sheeting that covers the model ships, that additional layer acts as a prism, separating out an entire spectrum of previously hidden

Philippe Pasqua’s Borderline Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

Built on the slope of the mythical Rock of Monaco and rising to a height of 85 metres above the waves, The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco offers a dazzling dive into the discovery of more than 6,000 species. As an internationally renowned location with over 600,000 visitors per year, the Museum offers visitors the chance to know, cherish and protect the oceans. Renewing its commitment to both scientific knowledge and contemporary creation, the Museum promotes an active conversation between the artworks, its collections and the aquarium, to reveal its treasures from a new angle. Since 2010, the Museum has

FKA Twigs And Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series By The Luxury Channel

Performance art, set design, theatre and dance collide for “Rooms,” an original new performance and installation work written, directed and curated by FKA Twigs for the second instalment of Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series. Told by a cast of 30 and set in a 12 room installation, Twigs’ story follows the journey of Diamas, in search of her spiritual and zodiac home. The installation has been created by a group of 12 artists, each creating zodiac worlds immersing the audience in every emotional trait, song and horror of the human emotion.

The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series (Veuve meaning Widow in

Changing Seasons By Camilla Hellman

This week, The Four Seasons Restaurant situated in the Seagram Building in New York – which has been the place to go for a “power lunch” since opening it’s doors in 1959 – auctioned (almost) everything off, due to its lease not being renewed (although the skyscraper’s owner, RFR Holding Corp co-founded by investor Aby Rosen, is looking for a new restaurant tenant). The restaurant was designed by renowned Scottish architect Philip Johnson. When it opened, The New York Times’ Craig Claiborn noted it was “spectacular, modern and audacious, both in décor and in menu.”

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The Luxury Channel Shines The Light Between Oceans By Jayjay Epega

Acting favourite Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander and Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender are the main featured talent in DreamWorks Pictures’ new film, The Light Between Oceans. It is a sumptuous, heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realised. The movie also stars Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson.

The film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman. This powerful book is a refreshingly honest and heart-wrenching

The Luxury Channel Meets The Band Blake At Henley Festival 2016 By Fiona Sanderson

The 34th black tie event at Henley Festival, billed as “The UK’s Most Magical Summer Party,” returned to Henley-On-Thames last week and brought music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining to an audience of over 5000 people. Amongst the line-up were notable musicians including Sir Elton John, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters who kept the party going on the famous Floating Stage.

This year, the Festival returned to its classical roots with Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel, who gave a special performance with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. On the Saturday evening, the amazing

Christie’s 250th Anniversary Summer Sales By Rani Singh

Bright, natural light illuminated the room at one of the world’s mighty auction houses. We barely noticed the rare appearance of sunshine over London though, because our gaze was captured by the great art on display. Gazing back at us, it seemed, was Amedeo Modigliani’s Madame Hanka Zborowska, hanging centre-wall in front of us. This typical, mature Modigliani was in this season’s set of sales and a few days later fetched $12,115,220; in the Impressionist and Modern Art evening auction.

Christie’s 250th anniversary is being celebrated with special fairs. One of them, Defining British Art at Christie’s, spans four centuries,

Sir Michael Caine Is Special Guest At Lincoln Townley’s Somerset House ICONS Presentation By Jayjay Epega

Sir Michael Caine and his beautiful wife, Lady Shakira Caine, made a rare and exciting appearance at Lincoln Townley’s Celebrity Private View of the ICONS Presentation which took place at the sumptuous Somerset House on the Strand in Central London. The legendary actor wanted to personally participate in the celebrations and take a look at all of Lincoln’s work, which he loves, and described the artist as the “next Andy Warhol.”

Lincoln Townley has become one of the world’s best known contemporary artists. The artist, who had an upbringing in London, had fallen into a fast life of addiction

Luxury In China: K-Pop Non-Stop By K magazine

Between K-pop music and many TV series over the years, Korean culture has been wildly successful in China, representing an ‘‘acceptable’’ and aspirational form of western culture. Laurence Lim Dally, founder of the Hong Kong-based marketing consultancy Cherry Blossoms, talks to K magazine about the Korean craze….

How do you explain K-pop’s success in China?

K-pop and Korean television series have an enormous influence in China because they create a bridge between Chinese and western cultures. Korean celebrities, from a purely physical perspective, embody a perfect combination of Asian and western beauty. They especially play a sort of mentoring role

The Godfather’s Godmother – Francis Ford Coppola On Female Film-makers By K magazine

He might be best known for his films about mean men, but Francis Ford Coppola is enlightened when it comes to women. Hardly surprising, as the great Dorothy Arzner was his mentor. K magazine caught up with him at the Marrakesh International Film Festival….

As jury president of the Marrakech International Film Festival, in December, Francis Ford Coppola reeled off an impressive list of women in history, from film to pharaoh. He elaborated on the theme in an interview that week.

Sitting comfortably inside the fabled hotel La Mamounia, Coppola slumps slightly in a chair and greets journalists, gathered

Music Moguls – The Music Industry Legend Alan Edwards Talks Talent And PR By Jayjay Epega

Alan Edwards, CEO of Outside Organisation, has represented some of the biggest and best known names in entertainment. These include The Who, the Rolling Stones, the Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell and the Beckhams and David Bowie.

In April 2015, Alan hosted Always Print The Myth, a series of discussions which reflected on the evolving role of PR within fashion, culture, media, entertainment, sports and politics over the last 40 years, at the prestigious V&A. He was joined by a range of influential guests including Dylan Jones – Editor of GQ magazine, Lord Tim Bell

Movie Starring John Malkovich To Be Released 100 Years In The Future By Hannah Norman

Louis XIII Cognac, one of the most luxurious spirits in the world, is the brand behind 100 Years, an original and innovative film written by and starring Hollywood legend John Malkovich. Except there’s a catch – the film will not be released until 2115.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, 100 Years – The Movie You Will Never See (to give the film its full title) was inspired by the century of careful craftsmanship and patience it takes to make each decanter of Louis XIII Cognac, with four generations of cellar master putting a lifetime of passion into creating a

The Luxury Channel Meets Nick Redman By The Luxury Channel

Nick Redman is a consultant at 20th Century Fox Music and Co-Founder of Twilight Time (a Blu-ray label that has built up a catalogue of rare and “forgotten” films), and he produced the 20th Anniversary albums for Star Wars. He speaks to The Luxury Channel about music, movies and the one score that he hopes – some day – to be able to restore….

What are your earliest memories of movies?

My earliest memories of movies are living across the road from the Rembrandt cinema in Ewell, Surrey, and being fascinated by this huge building that contained a

Fairytale Interrupted – A Life With John Kennedy Jr. By Jayjay Epega

A man admired from near, a man admired from far, John Kennnedy Jr. was the dashing Prince of Camelot, a true heir to the fabled Kennedy throne, who lost his life all too early in 1999, leaving an unfulfilled destiny, an unfulfilled promise.

In his life time, anyone who was anyone in powerful circles wanted to be a part of the enigma that surrounded him, being the son of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. One woman, RoseMarie Terenzio, was amongst a very few who got to be an integral part of his life and after over

The Royal Academy Welcomes Artist Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

On a surprisingly balmy late autumn evening, The Luxury Channel honoured an invitation to attend one of the world’s most prestigious galleries, The Royal Academy based at Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, to view the exclusive celebrity launch of globally-renowned contemporary artist Lincoln Townley’s unique and superlative W1 Collection.

Lincoln’s visceral relationship with his canvases comes across vividly, with his collections being celebrated and presented globally. The work is collected by connoisseurs of art and several high profile individuals, many of whom share a fascination with the mesmeric and turbulent themes of his work that reflect the story of his

Anderson & Low On The Set of James Bond’s Spectre By Hannah Norman

Just off from the Notting Hill Carnival parade route is an unassuming studio which, from the outside, utterly belies what is within. I’m sat at a desk where incredibly, almost unbelievably, what I’m staring at are photos of the set of latest Bond instalment Spectre, as shot by photographer duo Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low (better known by their surnames as simply Anderson & Low).

The pictures, quite simply, are stunning. Following on from their work on the last Bond film, Skyfall (their picture of Sam Mendes on the set is apparently hanging in his office and was acquired

The Genius of Anthony Quinn By Jayjay Epega

“I’m Anthony Quinn: son, brother, migrant farmer, student, lover, actor, husband, father, sculptor, painter, arrogant bastard. I am Mexican, Irish, Indian, American, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Eskimo, Muslim. . . .Above all though, I am an artist. This was my beginning and it will be my end.” – From The Original Sin, the Anthony Quinn autobiography.

Jayjay Epega sits down with Katherine Quinn – wife of of the legendary actor, painter and sculptor – for an exclusive interview….

Anthony Quinn was an Oscar-winning, Mexican-American actor, born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915. Between 1936 and 1940, he’d already appeared in 40

Jeremy Houghton – Speed, Horsepower And Flight By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel met award-winning, contemporary visual artist Jeremy Houghton at the world-famous Goodwood Revival in September. This year, Goodwood welcomes Houghton as the first-ever Artist in Residence on the Estate. Telling us that he is “incredibly excited” about the appointment, being at Goodwood allows Houghton to draw inspiration from both the international events and the beautiful South Downs setting.

As Houghton stood by his vintage 1935 Bentley, he told us it was originally his great grandfather’s. It won the RAC Scottish rally in 1937, when it was driven by his grandmother, and during the war it went

Olivia Bentley To Hold Debut Exhibition In London By The Luxury Channel

Emerging young photographer, Olivia Bentley, is holding a London exhibition, to showcase her photography to a wider audience.

Self-taught and inspired by current photographers such as Brooke Shaden and Alex Stoddard, Olivia has been working as a photographer for two years. Olivia’s evocative, darkly beautiful images explore the synergy between the female form and elements of nature.

Olivia is based at her studio outside London and has sold to both individual and corporate clients. She is currently working on a new series of images inspired by the contrast between reality and escapism.

To view Olivia’s work, please

A Question of Luxury By K magazine

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s “What is luxury?” exhibition challenges our modern interpretation of this elusive but enthralling notion, as K magazine reports….

The 21st century definition of luxury is a subjective thing. Luxury noun lux·u·ry \ • a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth • something that is expensive and not necessary • something that is helpful or welcome and that is not usually or always available

In this busy, hyper-connected world, despite a backdrop of political uncertainty, a booming luxury goods market and rising social inequality – there is something undeniably alluring about the

Perrier-Jouët And Austrian Craft By Harriet O'Grady

Picture in your mind the iconic Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque champagne bottle designed in 1902 by Emile Galle, with its flowing Art Nouveau motif of delicate white Japanese anemones. Then step forward to 2015 and imagine an up-to-date reinterpretation of the Art Nouveau style. This is what was happening in the light and airy studio of the designers mischer’traxler in the heart of Vienna, where Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler had been commissioned by the champagne house Perrier-Jouët to create an installation for London Design Week. This free-standing installation entitled “Curiosity Cloud” was also shown until the end of the month

Lincoln Townley Meets The Godfather By Jayjay Epega

Artist Lincoln Townley was lucky enough to meet The Godfather himself, Mr. Al Pacino, on his recent short trip to the UK and was able to present to him in person an exclusive finished portrait. Jayjay Epega finds out more….

Lincoln Townley, who paints in a dedicated studio at home in Cheshire, is fast becoming one of the world’s most renowned artists, and has been specialising in celebrity portraits with the likes of Actors Russell Brand, Gary Oldman, Mickey Rourke, Madonna, Sir John Hurt and most recently, Charlie Sheen. Townley has also painted collections related to London’s Soho red light

Contemporary Art In The City By Camilla Hellman

In the days running up to the Contemporary Art Auction at Sothebys New York, a wonderful, large and athletic sculpture sat at the side of the Sothebys building with a guard stood posted by her. This, I learnt, was Fortuna by British artist Marc Quinn, sitting on the pavement on York Avenue and 72nd Street – sparkling white as the traffic and neighbourhood rushed up. I walk my Corgi Lulu there daily and I became quite intrigued by this wonderful sculpture. The work was expected to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2million. The Contemporary Art Auction offered 398 lots, of

The Incredible Artistic Journey of Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

“He has captured the essence of what it is to live with addiction and he is able to do this because he has his own story of addiction and recovery” – Charlie Sheen on the work of Lincoln Townley.

Charlie Sheen perfectly sums up the life and incredible artistic journey of Lincoln Townley, a prolific artist who specialises in figurative painting. Born in London in 1972, Townley discovered the wonder of art through his grandfather, who was an engineer and a painter. He classes the work of Francis Bacon as one of his earliest influences.

Townley, who is a disarmingly

Investing In Photography By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel speaks to Dr. Jan Seewald, Executive Curator of LUMAS, about investing in photography….

What do you think is important to consider when investing in photography?

Even though it is tempting to consider art as an investment, I would not recommend collecting with a financial motivation when starting out. Art should always trigger emotions and it is vital to actually “fall in love” with a piece to enjoy it over a long period of time. However, it is important to determine how much one is willing to spend on photography each month or each quarter, especially when starting

AnthropoScene By The Luxury Channel

London-based artist Gayle Chong Kwan‘s “Anthropo-scene” is a multi-layered installation at Bloomberg SPACE that explores the built environment – and the resultant waste – in relation to the City of London. Fantastical, large, wall-based photographic panoramas are created from London’s lost buildings – as well as contemporary waste. Chong Kwan’s installation concentrates on this small geographical area to explore our footprint and its effect on the landscape through time and space, as a simple way of bringing home a global issue – that the planet has been irrevocably marked and changed by our impact on it.

Chong Kwan juxtaposes

Salt And Silver – The Luxury Channel Meets Carol Jacobi By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Carol Jacobi, the curator of Salt & Silver – Early Photography at Tate Britain….

How did you select the pictures for this particular collection?

The photographs in the exhibition are from all around the world, but all are salted paper prints that have survived from the brief period when they flourished in the middle of the nineteenth century. Salt prints were the first form of paper photography as we know it today, introduced in Britain by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839. They spread throughout the globe, but lasted only twenty years. Sharper, shinier methods

Ralph Heimans On His Crowning Achievement By The Luxury Channel

For an artist, all commissions between the subject and artist are very personal but when your work demands you paint a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, this surely must take on a whole new dimension of a client relationship.

Portrait artist Ralph Heimans is, however, no stranger to painting royalty, having previously been commissioned to paint the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. As the only artist commissioned to paint Her Majesty in her Diamond Jubilee year, it must have been especially challenging, if not nerve-wracking. The Luxury Channel was privileged to be invited to Westminster Abbey with a small

Angela Palmer’s Adrenalin By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets sculptor Angela Palmer to talk about a unique collaboration for her solo exhibition, Adrenalin. Palmer was given unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of Formula One engineering to realise an extraordinary collection of sculptures for her show….

Firstly, what inspired you to work with the V8? Have you always been interested in machinery?

One of the major themes of my work is to take the familiar and peel back the outer layer to reveal the unfamiliar below. When I was stuck in a traffic jam, it suddenly struck me that although billions drive cars in

Be Inspired By The Luxury Channel

An exciting and irresistible selection of contemporary art from artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Salvador Dali will be auctioned online, culminating in a live auction on Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The BE INSPIRED Contemporary Art Auction is being hosted to raise vital funds for children with life-limiting illnesses, and for inspirational arts engagement programmes run for disadvantaged children by

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts was set up with the fundamental belief that every child has the right

Matt Dillon’s Musical Journey By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel caught up with Hollywood actor Matt Dillon, who was recently in Europe attending the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, where he talked about his love of Cuban music and his forthcoming documentary. Dillon has had a prolific career and can count amongst his filmography The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, There’s Something About Mary, Crash – for which he got an Academy Award Nomination – and, most recently, Bad Country and The Art of the Steal.

Of late, he has been working on a project about the late Francisco Fellove, a Cuban scat singer who fled Cuba for Mexico

Dido Belle And The Scone Palace Exhibit By Camilla Hellman

Belle is a poignant and powerful film produced by Damian Jones (whose past triumphs include The History Boys and The Iron Lady), telling the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a slave and a British admiral, who brought Dido to Britain to live with his uncle at Kenwood.

Dido Belle is captured within a wonderful painting now hanging at Scone Palace in Perth, and in May, an exhibit opened at the Palace to coincide with the UK release of the film. The connection between the film and the exhibition is that the only portrait representation

The Art of Investing By Hannah Norman

If there is one thing the global recession and fluctuating bank rates have shown us, it is that money is becoming increasingly less valuable left in the bank. With this in mind, more people are turning their attention to collecting and investing in art. This, we are told, is not only a pleasure but also a realistic and tangible asset that can have huge growth potential.

Several pieces sold by Bonhams over the course of the last year have been record-breaking, from Fragonard’s The Portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt, which sold for £17.1 million, to the rare Buddhist (377 BC

New York Art By Camilla Hellman

The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of art news and gallery gossip from New York….

Arno Elias – Pop International Galleries

From Sari-clad women on the streets of India, to a pair of mating lions on Africa’s Savannah, to a panoramic perspective of New York City’s skyline, Arno Elias’ images conjure emotion and capture unforgettable moments from his photographic journey across the world. Elias’ most recent additions to his extensive body of work are to be unveiled at Pop International Galleries in SoHo, New York this week – a series of incredible, hand-embellished photographs highlighting global diversities. The artworks

Walpole Crafted – Class of 2014 By Hannah Norman

The concepts of craftsmanship and luxury have for years gone hand-in-hand. High-end companies attest their credentials by the sheer skill involved in making and producing their goods (as well as justify their price tags). Today, there appears to be an increasing number of students looking to learn the skills of a craft – Bremont’s recent partnering with the British School of Watchmaking is just one such example of this in action. Added to this is the recent study revealing that 64% of urban Chinese believe craftsmanship is what most defines luxury. That’s a statistic that could surely be applied to

The Kelpies And The Maquettes – Majesty On A Magnificant Scale By Hannah Norman

Sometimes, a sculpture becomes so large – both metaphorically as well as actually – that it becomes seemingly synonymous with its surroundings. London’s Fourth Plinth is one example; Newcastle’s Angel of the North is another. North of the border, Glasgow boasts the Heavy Horse. But Scotland is now home to a new work by the Heavy Horse’s creator Andy Scott. The 30 metre (100 foot) high Kelpies are two Clydesdale horse heads that sit on the Forth and Clyde canal, near Falkirk, while two sister sculptures, The Maquettes, will take up a residence in New York’s Bryant Park in March.

Sotheby’s Wines – Investing In Futures By Suzanne Aaronson, Founder of

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of, recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sotheby’s Wine President and CEO Jamie Ritchie, to learn about wine futures as well as Jamie’s recent trip to Bordeaux….

Jamie, thanks for filling me and our readers in on the topic of Bordeaux Futures. Let’s start basic: what are they?

Buying wine futures — also known as En Primeur — means purchasing wines from Châteaux in Bordeaux that are still maturing in the barrel — and have not been bottled yet. “Futures” typically come on the market for sale in the Spring, following the harvest

Human Nature In New York By Camilla G. Hellman

For seven weeks, New York’s Rockerfeller Center will be dominated by nine 20 foot high, human-shaped stone figures by Swiss-born, New York-based artist, Ugo Rondinone. The work, Human Nature, is free for the public to view from April 23rd to June 7th on the Plaza between 49th and 50th Street, and is striking in contrast to the high deco architectural buildings surrounding it.

As I viewed the colossal figures at the opening reception hosted by the exhibit’s premier sponsor, Nespresso, I couldn’t help but wander amongst their towering legs, and pose in front of these fascinating figures. It

Lions, Gnomes And A Whole Heap of Colour At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show By Hannah Norman

Defiance against the threat of rain, mixed with cheery, summer-bright hues – and that was just TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp in a striking orange coat! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show officially opens today, but The Luxury Channel was especially invited along yesterday to have a sneak peek around the Centenary show.

Organised by the Royal Horticulture Society, the Chelsea Flower Show has spent a hundred years celebrating all that is great and good about gardens, plants and flowers. From its first year of generating a mere £88 in profit (around £4000 in today’s money), Chelsea has grown to become one

An Italian Diary of Feasts And Festivals By Lucie Shelbourne

Lucie Shelbourne reports from the Umbrian hills, and shares some Italian feast-day customs….

New Year’s Eve

My husband Richard and I went to a sophisticated New Year’s Eve party last night in the Umbrian hills over looking Assisi, frequented by people with knowledge and experience. There is a light mix of Italians and English. The setting for the feast looks amazing with a long refectory table in a stone-walled dining room. Very monasterial, giving a sense of a secret sect. Huge thick candles spread a veiled light across the room, creating a sinuous effect in the shadows. I begin to

Nicky Spence – In His Own Words By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel caught up with renowned Scottish tenor and Opera Ambassador Nicky Spence before the inaugural International Opera Awards.

I think this is one of the first opera awards which has not left a stone unturned; it’s looking at opera as the giant machine it is, because so many people are involved with putting an opera on – not just the singers, who often get all the plaudits, but also technical staff, the orchestra, the conductor, the opera company itself that puts a lot of love into their programming and who use invention to make their season successful.

Bach By Candlelight By Hannah Norman

On 5th March, The Luxury Channel attended a memorable evening celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by candlelight, in the unique and ancient Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, London. Invited by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, we were there to soak up the peace and music, whilst supporting a great cause – The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The Appeal in turn supports selected chosen charities – City Music Foundation, Futures For Kids, Gifford Wood Appeal and The Harold Samuel Collection Fund – as well as helping to fund the university education of struggling young Londoners.

Henrietta Spencer-Churchill And English Country Houses By The Luxury Channel

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, celebrated interior designer, spoke to Fiona Sanderson about her family seat, Blenheim Palace, and the true essence of English style and interiors.

What defines your own personal style?

In the home, I like comfort and practicality. My homes are not show houses as I don’t want them – or me – to be on show when I entertain, or have family or friends to stay; they are a place to switch off (which is rarely achieved!) As I spend so much time travelling, it is critical to be organised and know where everything is and be

Theo Fennell – A Master of Miniatures By Antonia Peck and Hannah Norman

In the wake of Theo Fennell’s win at the Walpole Awards for Best Luxury Craftsmanship, The Luxury Channel meets the designer to discuss the British jewellery industry past and present…

It should come as no surprise to learn that the winner of an award recognizing craftsmanship is a passionate advocate of originality. “Fashion jewellery has encroached onto real jewellery. Real jewellery has rather lost its way,” Fennell laments. “The high street is disappearing and without knowing it, our choice is being broken down by monolithic companies that control everything. We have to demand originality.”

This originality, he suggests, comes

Fireworks And Music With Serena Foyle By Antonia Peck

The Foyle name is celebrated globally for its association with literature through the eponymous London book shop. However, it would seem that future generations following in William Foyle’s footsteps have inherited a zeal for showcasing and sharing their passion for the experiential.

Serena Foyle is William’s great grand-daughter. She studied music at Edinburgh University and then at the prestigious London School of Sound. Serena now uses this grounding to conjure a bespoke mix of music to enhance audiences’ enjoyment of firework displays.

Her creations aim to take participants on a journey playing to each audience type and the surroundings

Silvia Gallini’s Presences By Hannah Norman

They say a picture tells a thousand tales, and that’s certainly true of Italy-born artist Silvia Gallini. Her latest collection, Presences, is a series of portraits capturing each muse at its most pensive. Using both paint and pencil to subtly bring each emotion to the fore, Gallini plays a clever game with viewers of her work. So deep is the concentration etched onto the faces of her subjects that you find yourself pondering along with them, as you ascertain what it is they could be thinking – much like admirers of the great Leonardo Da Vinci have done with

Crystal Gazing By Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams pays a visit to glass-maker Cumbria Crystal….

An unprepossessing warehouse in a Cumbrian market town may sound an unlikely location for a crystal factory – after all, Stourbridge in the West Midlands is the traditional English home of its manufacture – but this outsized shed on the edge of Ulverston is in fact home to Cumbria Crystal, the UK’s last remaining producer of the hand-made, full lead, English variety.

‘Full lead crystal must contain 30 per cent lead,’ explains the company’s managing and creative director Katy Holford. ‘It does have its problems – it’s more likely to

Luanda – An African Heart Pumping To A Latin Beat By John Thompson

Arriving in Luanda for the first time, a visitor may be forgiven for harbouring negative preconceptions of the city stemming from the real dearth of information available. Luanda is often written off as the dusty capital city of a sub-Saharan African country, irreparably ravaged by a brutal civil war, rife with malaria, yellow fever, crime, slums and until recently topping the most expensive city in the world table. These preconceptions are real. However, the city is as varied, interesting and complex as any and cannot be defined by its negative attributes. Luanda is the adolescent capital city of an

Crowning Glory: Harrods Crown Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

There would have been no Jubilee without a coronation and Harrods is celebrating the Queen’s sixty year reign by looking back at its beginning.

On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London, almost a year after the death of her father. The spectacular crown was the St Edward’s crown, the official coronation crown. Harrods are marking its iconic status this Jubilee with an exhibition of fashion-forward and free-thinking crowns created by 32 hot designers.

Each crown is based on the St Edward’s crown, but all of them are incredibly different. British chocolatier William Curley

Rule Britannia: Selfridges Britannica 1951-1953 Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang…

2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang – a Big British Bang to be exact, the title of store’s all encompassing creative homage to the Jubilee and the Olympics.

Spend sunny days sipping tea on the roof of the department store beside a fantastical crazy golf course created by foodie architects Bompas and Parr. The 9-hole, cake-based course is open from 12 noon until 7pm every day (6pm on Sundays), and promises to be the best game of golf you’ll

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration By The Luxury Channel

The Queen’s jewellery is the focus of the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.

An unprecedented display of the royal family’s personal jewels will form the centrepiece. Last summer, the display of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress drew a record 600,000 visitors to the palace. This year, jewels including the “South Africa” diamond necklace presented to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday in 1947, the miniature crown worn by Queen Victoria for her 1897 jubilee portrait, and the Williamson brooch – which features the finest pink diamond ever discovered – will be displayed in an attempt to

Guide to Switzerland By Denise Howell

Denise Howell stayed with Swiss Deluxe Hotels and sampled some of the best restaurants in town.

If you thought that Switzerland was all about skiing, winter sports and cuckoo clocks then think again! A flight to Geneva and a mere hour’s train journey will transport you through a countryside of wonderful autumn colours interspersed with pine trees to a delightful town called Neuchatel. My friend and I arrived at the five-star Hotel Beau-Rivage situated on the popular Esplanade du Mont-Blanc promenade overlooking the Lake Neuchatel. In addition to a prime location, the hotel has 66 rooms and four spectacular suites

The Hesperia Isla de la Toja By The Luxury Channel

The Hesperia Isla de la Toja Spa Hotel – I was feeling a little off colour and had been invited to go to a health Spa in North West Spain to a place called “The Hesperia Isla de la Toja.” I didn’t need to be asked twice.

What a discovery the area of Galicia is – definitely Spain’s best kept secret. It is very green and lush, not the parched landscape I had expected, and I was amazed at how many uninhabited beaches there were at every turn – no English pubs, no discos, no England V Germany for

The Luxury Channel’s Guide to Marrakech By The Luxury Channel

Where to stay, eat and shop in Marrakech.

Nothing prepares you for your first experience of Marrakech. As soon as you step out of the airport you are hit by the heat, the sights, the colours, the smells – and the characters. The roads into the city are a carefully choreographed traffic nightmare of cars, buses, bicycles and donkeys. The world inside the walls of the Medina seems impossibly vibrant – and impossible to navigate. But that is all part of the city’s charm. Once tasted, you always long to go back – to pick up another lamp, try

A Masterpiece of Malt By The Luxury Channel

Glenmorangie Pride.

Visiting Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, is always a real pleasure. But when it’s combined with the opportunity to taste a new and sublime single malt whisky that will only be available to a few people around the world, it is doubly so.

On a chilly late winter evening I was invited with a select few to sample Glenmorangie Pride 1981, a 28-year-old whisky that is available in an extremely limited edition. But it would be wrong to simply refer to the containers as decanters. They are literally works of art, specially designed and presented in

I left my heart in Venice By Lauren Steventon

Explore the romance hidden along the tiny streets and secret canals of the Serene Republic.

For some, the most romantic city in the world is Paris. For others it is the baroque masterpieces of the Eastern European greats. But for me, it has to be Venice. Around every corner is a scene stolen from a romantic film. Every alleyway is a path to another quiet corner, and every bridge just perfect for a picturesque embrace. True, the tourist throngs overtake the city every May – September, but skip the well-trodden path between the Rialto and San Marco, and you

The Grape Question By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel meets Eminent Wines’ Hans Vandeputte.

Hans Vandeputte, Viticulturist and consultant at Eminent Wines, shares his secrets for selecting the perfect wines for your wedding.

If you want to have the perfect wedding, the secret is to find a wine professional that will help and guide you. I have done events where I have chosen the wine and people did mention it, they remember it, and they enjoy themselves. For me, that’s a job done. So, if you really want to get it right, then it is good to have a professional. But, if not, it is

Booth Nation By Antonia Peck

Renowned photographer and founder of Boothnation, Seamus Ryan tells us what makes a powerful photograph and how you can look good in your wedding day photos.

How did the Boothnation concept come about?

My Sunday Shoots projects, an ongoing public portrait project held each week in my Columbia Road Flower Market studio, led to an advertising commission which involved faking up a photobooth. I was asked to photograph 300 laughing ladies in a week. The shoot was a great success. In the end we captured over 500 genuinely hysterical women. The secret to this was simple: no photographer and

She Walked in Beauty By The Luxury Channel

Brides in the know use the Alexander Technique to walk down the aisle with poise – how the Alexander Technique can help Kate Middleton look poised and elegant on her big day.

Kate Middleton may have the dress, the venue, and the wedding of the year, but even Royal brides-to-be need help to make sure they remain calm and elegant.

So what can Kate do to make sure she has mastered her regal poise and wear her dress well? Brita Forsstrom and Veronica Peck, both experienced teachers of the Alexander Technique have walked the Westminster Abbey bridal walk to

The Bride vs. The Groom By Antonia and James Peck

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus – and no more so than on their wedding day. Our Editor Antonia and her fiancé James share their opinions on their bridal preparations.

On the Engagement

The Bride I had my blackberry strapped to my ear for most of our holiday in South Africa and it was our last day. Make-up-less and hair un-brushed I did not expect James to propose. My mother had joined us on holiday and James had made it quite clear that he would not be popping the question. So whilst being marched on a

Nigel Milne By Antonia Pearce

The British jeweller Nigel Milne talks to Antonia Pearce about the four ‘C’s and a mutual love of a Roman aesthetic.

Who is the Nigel Milne client?

The very name is oh so English and the variety of pronunciations by foreign nationals is witty in the extreme! Whilst we have a wide international clientele, the typical Nigel Milne customer profile for both men and women is British, aged between 25 and 75, well established, independent with traditional values but with the courage to be adventurous. Once we have made a customer we do our utmost to keep them. I

Indian Bridal Beauty By Reena Patel

Our beauty contributor and very own Indian bride-to-be, Reena Patel, shares insights into the world of Asian bridal beauty couture.


Some Asian beauties mask their warm natural tones with a dull, ashy, pale base. This would be a mistake on your wedding day. Go to Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier to steal the limelight and achieve a natural, flawless base. To camouflage dark circles try cover-ups such as Bobbi Brown Correctors in peachy and biscuit tones before applying concealer to neautralise the area. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturisers also work to achieve a fresh dewy glow. Bobbi Brown advises

New York Cultural Guide By Alanna Lynott

The Luxury Channel delves into the glamorous underbelly of New York to bring you some of its secret cultural offerings.


Once a social club for Ukrainian socialists, the KGB Bar is now something of a New York literary institution. The cold-war chic, strong whiskey and impromptu readings all serve to attract the glittering stars of the literary scene, including New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison and controversial novelist A.M. Homes.

Secret Science Club at The Bell House, Brooklyn

For self-professed science geeks, nature freaks and rogue geniuses, this club is a cerebral paradise, providing everything

Movers And Shakers By The Luxury Channel

Meet the men and women creating sparks in all areas of the New York luxury scene….


Glenn D. Lowry

As the director of the largest (and many say the best) collection of modern art in the world, Glenn D. Lowry is one of the most influential men in art today. He oversees a collection that includes some of history’s most famous works, including those by Picasso, Kandinsky and Chagall, and as the man who decides what the museum will present next, he has the power to influence hundreds of thousands of domestic and international art lovers every year.

Art In The City By Jonathan Velardi

New York City is for all seasons and its culture clock never stops ticking. With the letters A, R, T as synonymous with the city as it’s very own N, Y, C acronym, the best of the world’s art and design can be found on every block. Here is artist Jonathan Velardi’s pick of the best….

Guggenheim, MoMa, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art are only a handful of world-famous institutions that provide the city with a calendar of exhibitions and events for all tastes and styles throughout the year.

The European

Grant Thomas By The Luxury Channel

Seventeen year old Welsh photographer Grant Thomas specialises in fashion photography and is one of the rising stars of that challenging world.

Born and bred in the remote countryside of Wales, miles away from civilization, Grant spent his time exploring self-portraiture and evolved rapidly, which saw him travelling throughout the United Kingdom, Paris and Europe, working alongside young and evolving individuals of similar calibre. At sixteen, Grant relocated to central London and continued doing what he loves at a higher level.

“Photography isn’t just what I do; it’s what I love to do,” he told us. “The part that

Morgan Freeman By Antonia Pearce

Morgan Freeman’s Southern charm was out in spades in Dubrovnik – just don’t call him a legend….

Morgan Freeman greeted the press on the sunlit terrace of The Excelsior Hotel, with Dubrovnik’s Old Town appearing majestic behind him. Surrounded by white roses and Croatia’s premier television crews eager to capture him – Freeman arrived very much the super-star (aviator sunglasses and all).

Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular tourism destinations and its ability to draw such a high profile celebrity is a powerful indication of its rising status. Both Kevin Spacey and Mickey Rourke have been guests

Nature Red In Tooth And Claw By The Luxury Channel

As I wander through the woodlands of Belsay Hall in Northumberland, I come across a strange scene. Red and grey squirrels are locked in a vicious battle, aided on each side by woodland creatures and insects. A red squirrel is disguised in the coat of a grey, another has a modified tail and all of them have armour and weaponry. But there is no movement. The scene is frozen in time; the animals are dead and stuffed. No, I haven’t walked into a fauna-Frankenstein’s lair, rather this is A Darker Shade of Grey, an installation by the artist Tessa Farmer,

Essential Literature By Cara Dattani

The Luxury Channel reviews books to change your life!

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A book for anyone questioning what they are doing with their life. Eat Pray Love is about throwing caution to the wind and venturing on a quest for physical and mental fulfilment. Oprah Winfrey added to the book’s growing publicity by featuring it in two of her shows. Subsequently, it has spent over 155 weeks on the New York Time’s Bestsellers List and has been made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A book crucial to anyone

Bringing Home The Bacon By Alex Larman

As a major new retrospective comes to the Tate, Francis Bacon’s critical and commercial stock has never been higher.

The London art world is preparing for Francis Bacon’s centenary. The Tate Britain has a grand retrospective of his work, the first major exhibition of this kind since his death in 1992, and the James Hyman Gallery in Savile Row is displaying a choice selection of some of his more famous prints. Bacon died Britain’s most expensive contemporary artist, and recent sales of his work have seen prices reach unparalleled heights for a 20th century painter. His ‘‘Triptych 1976,’’ for

Saatchi Success By The Luxury Channel

Charles Saatchi, the millionaire art collector, philanthropist and advertising guru, has finally opened his much-anticipated new project in Chelsea, The Saatchi Gallery. The project was beset by many delays, most notoriously a 2004 fire that destroyed many of the works he had collected by the so-called ‘‘BritArt’’ movement, featuring artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and the Chapman Brothers. Saatchi’s influence on the British art market is considerable, and he is a man well known for putting his money where his mouth is. Arguably more than any other figure in the post-war era, he has defined buying trends,

Art On The Beach By Sunshine Flint

The art world puts on a sunny face as Art Basel Miami Beach, gets underway….

Chuck Close. Self-Portrait, 2007.

Art sales may be suffering in the current economic crisis, but Art Basel Miami Beach still remains one of the most important events on the international art calendar, an event that dealers and collectors can’t miss. More than 250 galleries and the world’s top dealers will be exhibiting works from 20th and 21st-century artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The fair draws a range of galleries from leading lights like PaceWildenstein to small but important bit players like Alexander

Uncle Boonmee Wins Palme d’Or At Cannes By T.M. Lali

The film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was presented with the esteemed Palme d’Or on Sunday night, as the 63rd edition of the festival drew to a close.

The screenings are done, the verdict is in and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was the title of the big winner at this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival, as the film’s Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was presented with the esteemed Palme d’Or.

The private affair held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in the resort town of Cannes in the South of France, is one of the

It’s An Art Life By Lauren Steventon

Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation that aims to help national visual art institutions increase their contemporary collections.

It’s a hard world for young artists. Dedicated to their ideas yet struggling to survive, waiting for the break that will provide them with funding, recognition and the liberty to dedicate themselves to their art. On the other hand, public museums and galleries are strapped for cash, unable to spend the money on emerging art and build their contemporary collections.

That’s where Outset Contemporary Art Fund comes in. Set up in 2003 by Yana Peel and Candida Gertler, it

Design Italia By The Luxury Channel

What makes Italian design so special?

The Design Museum and Peroni Nastro Azzuro host a season of Italian-inspired talks, ‘‘Made In Italy’’ – the influence of Italian design. The Luxury Channel interviewed architect Claudio Silvestrin and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum to find out more….

What are the talks about?

Deyan Sudjic: The Design Museum and PNA have come together to celebrate the best of Italian design and style, and the talks are a series of relaxed conversations about what makes Italy so special.

Claudio Silvestrin: It’s an informal public discussion about design in Italy. The

The Symbiotic Relationship of Architecture And Art By Antonia Pearce

Architecture and Art in modern urban landscapes – can a building be a work of art?

A building is functional. It provides shelter, control and instruction (press here for lift, move this way…). A building is a home, a haven and retreat. A building can demonstrate dominion over a lesser-sized architectural structure. It can house civilizations’ most treasured objects. But in 1964 (when, let’s face it, ‘‘architecture as art’’ hit a bit of a low point) the New York Times declared that “Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” Yet by 2007, modern philosopher Alain de Botton

Valentino Monticello By The Luxury Channel

To do something successfully, and to be recognised as doing so, is the mark of someone who has mastered the art of living….

Opera and wine have long been inseparable bedfellows. It is hard to imagine a night at the Covent Garden Opera House without imbibing a tregnum of the finest Saint-Emillion Grand Cru. There is one man who, more than any other, understands the relationship between libretto and Bacchus’ favourite tipple. The former sommelier, Valentino Monticello, has forged a lucrative career by weaving tapestries of wine labels that portray famous operatic scenes. The levels of thought that go

Passion, Energy And A Talent To Be Reckoned With By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets the Chilean artist Maria Luisa Hernandez….

Maria Luisa’s painting is, in essence, an atmospheric play of colour and light: the two anchors of her work. Her hallmark is insinuation and evocation rather than description.” – Pedro Labowitz, Art Critic

Maria Luisa Hernandez has carved out an internationally acclaimed career spanning a variety of countries from her native Chile, to Sweden and the UK. Maria studied for her BA degree at the University of Chile. Soon after, she won a scholarship to exhibit in Stockholm (the European Capital of Culture at the time) with a collection of

Stateside Buzz For Berlin Artists By Sophia Celeste

New York’s 12th Armory Show pays homage to German Contemporary Art – Sophia Celeste investigates for The Luxury Channel….

The Armory Show, International Fair of New Art, was started by four New York art dealers at The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair in 1994. It takes its name from the 1913 Armory Show, which served to introduce European masters, such as Matisse and Seurat, to America.

The annual Armory Show, the largest contemporary art exhibition in the United States, is a chance for up-and-coming artists to make a name for themselves.

This year, the fair is dedicating

Quest For The Best Opera Festivals By The Luxury Channel

We list some of the highlights of the Opera Season so that you can beat the ticket gold rush….

Opera is the thinking man’s music festival of choice. Unlike its pop counterparts, attendees will not be expected to assemble ramshackle tents, douse themselves in cheap lager, and succumb to an inevitable bout of mud wrestling. Nonetheless, both AC/DC and Puccini fans will encounter an obstacle that is endemic to festival goers regardless of genre; the ticket gold rush. This year, those wishing to mingle with the European gentry should book early. To help you beat the crowds, The Luxury

8 Asian Artists To Watch By Alanna Lynott

With artists like Takashi Murakami and Anish Kapoor leading the way, the world has its eyes firmly fixed on Asia’s emerging artistic talent. Alanna Lynott explores the trend….

In celebration of the Saatchi Gallery’s Indian ‘‘Empire Strikes Back’’ exhibition, and Anish Kapoor’s recent critically acclaimed Royal Academy show, we take a closer look at Asia’s top artists.

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese sculptor, social commentator and activist. A svengali of the Chinese art world, he’s feted as “China’s equivalent of Andy Warhol,” and his sculptures possess a fascinating grace. He gained attention in the west after

Arik Levy: A Natural Embellishment By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips explores Arik Levy’s latest aesthetic as part of the HSBC Bank’s Connection Collection….

International banks are not usually renowned for their liberalism but, at HSBC, Arik Levy has been given ‘‘carte blanche’’ during the creation of The Connection Collection. The principle creations, Rocksplit and Rockshelves, offer insights not only into how the modern world has shaped nature, but also how nature continues to influence mankind.

Such ergonomics are in harmony with the themes that permeate Levy’s work. Reflective steel rocks, which have become the artist’s signature pieces, reveal much about his aesthetic. These metallic boulders do

Swept Away By Swan Lake By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips reviews Matthew Bourne’s long-running, dramatic and modern rendering of a Russian classic….

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has returned to the London stage following a tour that has wowed audiences around the world. As the longest running ballet both on Broadway and the West End, it has collected enough awards to overfill most mantelpieces. It is presently showing at Sadler’s Wells theatre before embarking on a UK tour.

Sadler’s Wells may lack the Edwardian facades and dangling chandeliers of its sister theatres in the West End but it is the ideal venue to stage the contemporary dance

Life In Miniature By The Luxury Channel

Florida-based model-maker Smartt Inc. tops the list when it comes to the world’s most endearing, traditional family pastimes….

While computers and video games remain the predominant entertainment for today’s children, teenagers and adults alike, there’s something magical about traditional games. Toy stores and retailers across the globe testify to the resurgence of traditional games, with the likes of Lego, Meccano and Hornby train sets all popular. The most magical and traditional form of entertainment has to be “life in miniature” with model railways, towns and doll houses fascinating us all for generations. From small domestic set-ups to magnificent displays

Lift Off By The Luxury Channel

The new books commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landings….

Monday 20th July 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of when man first set moon boot on our closest cosmic neighbour. The amazing success of the mission was nearly a devastating failure – Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin missed their planned landing spot and managed to touch down on the moon’s surface with only 17 seconds of fuel left.

From 1969 to 1972, the Apollo missions sent 21 astronauts to the moon and a dozen of them to the surface, but it has now been four decades since

Artisans of London By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel highlights some of London’s best craftspeople who create unique products that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world….

Henry Poole & Co

The company still provides classic, elegant, well-cut bespoke garments, and the work is carried out on their premises at 15 Savile Row in the traditional way. A flexible attitude towards styling, combined with the most luxurious cloth, make every piece made by Henry Poole & Co truly unique. Following the initial cloth selection and measurements, an individual paper pattern is created for the customer and the cloth is cut by hand before the

View On Venice – The Biennale By Tobias Rehberger

For over a century, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural events in the art world calendar. Founded in 1895, it promotes new artistic ventures and events in contemporary art with internationally acclaimed film, arts, architecture, music, theatre and dance all being exposed to the public view. This year is no exception, with regard to the new and novel innovative content.

One of the highlights includes the latest project of British film director Peter Greenaway – entitled ‘‘The Wedding At Cana.’’ The art film combines classic paintings, including Renaissance art and Picasso works, with cutting

Richard Long – Heaven And Earth By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel reveiws the Richard Long retrospective at Tate Britain….

Inspired by his solitary walks all over the globe from remote areas in Britain to Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia, Richard Long’s Heaven And Earth exhibition at Tate Britain in London, reflects on his meanderings. Heaven And Earth features over 80 ‘‘walks of art;’’ including sculptures, mud wall work, photographic and text, documenting his worldwide walks and exploring time, distance, geography, measurement and movement. Including important works selected across four decades, the exhibition provides an opportunity to understand afresh Long’s radical rethinking of the relationship between art and landscape.

Frieze Up By Alex Larman

Alex Larman discovers that contemporary art is still a cool draw in today’s market….

This year’s Frieze Art Fair defied rumours of a meltdown in the global art market with a wider range of exhibitors, artists and visitors than ever. The house champagne was Laurent-Perrier (£12.50 a glass) and the temporary restaurant was an offshoot of Le Caprice. At the opening, Tracey Emin and Patrick Cox could be seen circulating, perhaps sizing up their next purchases. The atmosphere was as good-humoured and frenetic as you’d expect from one of the world’s leading art fairs, and perhaps also due to