Thilo Heinzmann: Softside & Softspot in the Garden

Exhibition launches Wednesday 4th October 11am-6pm and continues to Saturday 25th November

Opening times: Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm or By Appointment
Special Frieze Week opening hours October 4th to 7th 11am-6pm

Styropor – a classic insulating material and expandable polystyrene. A trademarked product created by BASF in 1951.


THILO HEINZMANN (b.1969. Lives in Berlin) began working with Styropor soon after he completed his studies at the Frankfurt Städelschule (1992-97) where he had already started exploring his fascination with natural pigments derived from rock and glass. Moving to Berlin in late 1997, he began using standard sheets of this most modern of materials. Purchased from different suppliers for the varying character of their surfaces and finishes, these were then cut and broken by hand and brought together in patterns that he had previously resolved in drawings.


An example of these early Styropor Paintings is ‘O.T.’ from 1999/2000, where a variety of red pigments and epoxy resins are mixed and applied. First with a roller and scraper, then as drips and drops, which are absorbed into and encrusted onto the surfaces.


By 2001, Heinzmann had begun to use mouth-blown glass as another method of adding colour to his white surfaces. Bought in sheets sourced from specialist modern and antique dealers across the world, this is a feature of the most recent work in the exhibition from 2017. His use of more sculptural, hand-cut Styropor shapes (seen here in ‘Venus’ 2008) began in 2005 and persists in parallel with the pre-fabricated sheets. In some cases the surfaces are post-treated to further alter the texture of the material’s facets.


Why Styropor? Heinzmann states clearly that he is first and foremost a painter. A painter must contend with the very loaded tradition of canvas – that remarkable but uniform material in use for centuries, the 0-1 code, the warp & weft stretched over a wooden frame, is a medium Heinzmann still uses and reveres. The artist is equally attracted to this material that is modern, chaotic in its make up and therefore, in a way, more natural. These are his new proposals for the possibilities of painting.


The progressive nature of Styropor, it’s technical lightness as well as the quality of the way it reflects light, made this a logical step for Heinzmann and has been a key element of his practice for over 20 years.


Tom Burr: Works from the Recent Past (2005-2012)

Exhibition launches Friday June 2nd 11am-6pm and continues to Saturday July 15th

Opening times: Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm or By Appointment

TOM BURR is an artist from New Haven, Connecticut.

He was born there in 1963 and then attended the School Of Visual Arts, and the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City.

Influenced by both the Modernist, specifically Brutalist vernacular of New Haven and nearby Manhattan, as well as by the clapboard neo-classical architecture of New England, the alternating urban and rural eastern seaboard continuously inflects Burr’s work. His recurring use of wooden panels, folding elements, screens, domestic furnishings and personal effects gives his works a craft-based simplicity,  but very far from the intentionally non-biographical American Minimalists to whom Burr alludes.  Burr’s works celebrate the confines of elicit encounters, of a liberated spirit.

The old school tie, thrown off.

This exhibition unites 4 works made between 2005 and 2012 with a selection of publications.

TOM BURR was an artist with the seminal New York gallery American Fine Arts run by Colin de Land between 1986 and 2003. He has had numerous one person exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States and Europe and is represented by Bortolami in New York, Maureen Paley, London and Galerie Neu, Berlin. A selection of Tom Burr’s writings have been published in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, October magazine and online.


His solo exhibition at Maureen Paley in London runs concurrently with this exhibition.

Maureen Paley, 21 Herald St. London E2 6JT www.maureenpaley.com



An exhibition of rare and influential publications by Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Exhibition Dates: Ends March 11
Private View: Friday January 27,


Opening Times: Friday & Saturday 11-6pm

This inaugural exhibition at Charles Asprey – Tyers Street of rare publications and works on paper by Paul Nash (1889-1946) coincides with his survey exhibition at Tate Britain curated by Emma Chambers (until March 5).

The hope here is to show an aspect of Nash’s practice that is not well known; namely that he was a prolific contributor to and designer of many publications and books between c1917 and his death in 1946. These dates coincide of course with two of the greatest catastrophes in human history (Nash was an official War Artist in both conflicts) but also the rise of Modernism, avant-garde thinking and radical, new aesthetics in this country which continue to have a profound influence on artists, designers and thinkers today.


Paul Nash
Paul Nash