Aktis Gallery is dedicated to modern art, in particular the émigré art of 20th century Paris.
We are one of the leading specialists in the post-war lyrical abstraction movement, focusing on the internationally renowned Chinese émigré artists Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun (as well as the contemporary Chinese émigré Gao Xingjian), Russian lyrical abstractionists such as André Lanskoy and Serge Poliakoff and European artists from this movement including Georges Mathieu, Otto Freundlich, Geer van Velde, Bram van Velde and André Marfaing.
Situated in St. James’s, at the heart of the London art-world, Aktis Gallery has established itself as a leading destination for museum quality exhibitions. Indeed, in 2010 we organised Vladimir Yankilevsky’s first retrospective in the UK which included major loans from the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Bochum Museum, Germany. In 2011, our Russian non-conformist Squaring the Circle exhibition was featured on the BBC Review Show. As a member of the esteemed Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), we also participate in London Art Week and Asian Art in London, holding special events and talks throughout.
Aktis Gallery – London
50 Jermyn Street
London, SW1Y 6LX
By appointment only
+44 20 7629 6531
Born in Jiangxi Province, China, to a bank official and theatre actress, Gao Xingjian’s mother was responsible for instilling in her son a deep passion for theatre, writing and painting. As a child, Gao not only studied classical ink painting and received violin lessons, he also indulged in a myriad of Western literature translated into Chinese. By the age of ten, Gao had published his first novel and completed two years of formal painting lessons.
Gao graduated from the French Literature Department at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1962. Having survived re-education camp during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), Gao sought asylum as a refugee in Paris in 1987 and took up French citizenship in 1998.
Gao, who is the first Chinese to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000, has had an artistic journey that is as outstanding as it is multidisciplinary. While better known as a playwright and novelist, Gao’s main form of creative self-expression since 2003 has been painting. Today, his works are celebrated among connoisseurs of ink painting and the cultural elite.