Elena Poletaeva

Elena Poletaeva — a contemporary artist from the Far East of Russia. She lives in a city that’s just two hours by plane to Tokyo and four to Seoul, but to Moscow…nine hours in the sky. Elena believes that an artist must be free to express their ideas. So she chooses to constantly study and improve…

Now on View: 50 x 50 II

50 x 50 II, an exhibition of fifty new works by fifty emerging artists in a single space, is now on display until 28 February 2017 inside the Prints and Originals Gallery located on the lower floor of the Saatchi Gallery. In addition to the first fifty limited edition prints, each presenting a unique aesthetic and…

Tarragona, Say My Name

On the run from a celebrity encounter with social services in Barcelona, I found myself wrestling with my genius here in Tarragona. The good citizens of this most beautiful Spanish city hardly blinked as I erupted forth into their lives, quietly but powerfully stepping off the bus and crying, “Veni, Vidi, Vici!” For here I…

Seeing like Panofsky

What do all paintings have in common? Sure, “paint” is a shrewd enough answer, but I’m hinting at something a tad more philosophical. Art’s very much about ideas, after all. What links all artworks, in my humble opinion, is something keen viewers bring to the picture. Different ways of seeing art ensure each created object…

A Page from Leonardo's Lost Notebook

In November of this year, the English language Italian news website The Local reported that during the excavation of the aristocratic Giunigi family plot in Lucca, Italy, the oldest known set of dentures was unearthed: This apparatus is believed to have been fashioned for some lucky mouth sometime between 1400-1700, when it was common practice to extract ever-useful…

Panama: Only the Beginning

On bright shores awash in warm gulf, Caribbean and Pacific waters lies a land of dormant volcanoes and kaleidoscopic coral reef formations that tropical fish, turtles, whales, eels, sharks and a rainbow of other aquatic creatures call home. Panamá. With local treasures shining brilliantly in the sun all around, in the form of tremendous biodiversity and…

Artistry in Bloom

Introduce yourself to Larisa Yemelina. Although she easily looks the part of a master gardener, she’s in fact a Ukrainian sugar artist working with floral and vegetal motifs. Though they don’t take root or bud, her horticultural confections would blend right in with the prize perennials at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Amazingly, Yemelina, 48, never…

Mind Your Manners

Renaissance Italy was a hotbed for fruitful thinking, and that is a major understatement. How lucky we are today to still see how Medici money, Filippo Brunelleschi and a bunch of red bricks could transform the Florentine skyline, to realise just how bright and lasting the Venetian painters could mix their pigments, to merely appreciate…

A Marvelous Comeback

“They are just so much fun, these films. You don’t have to have any preconceived intellectual qualification to enjoy it. You just have to be alive to have fun and have a sense of humour and have a pair of eyes that are delighted by spectacle. These kinds of films are part of why I became an actor…I…