In a vibrant celebration of artistic diversity and nature’s splendor, Claridge’s ArtSpace at Brook’s Mews Mayfair unveils “Like Paradise” this October. Curated by the esteemed writer Ekow Eshun, the exhibition brings together a cadre of talented artists, including Frank Bowling, Julian knxx, Hurvin Anderson, Jade Montserrat, Miranda Forrester, Osman Yousefzada, Samuel Ross, Paul Dash, and Sola Olulode.
“Like Paradise” is a profound exploration of the natural world through the lens of artists of colour. Typically excluded from narratives about the countryside, these visionary artists redefine the relationship between people of colour and nature. Their artworks transform landscapes into realms of renewal, and liberation, portraying nature as a sanctuary of freedom.
The exhibition is a sensory delight, featuring a diverse array of mediums, including painting, mixed media, photography, film, and ceramics. Some pieces have been specially crafted for this exhibition, adding an element of bespoke artistry to the showcase.
Ekow Eshun, the curator of the exhibition, expresses his enthusiasm about the opportunity to present such a diverse group of artists in a non-traditional space. “Claridge’s ArtSpace has been a supportive creative partner,” he remarks, “and seeing the works here is such a thrilling way to open up audiences to artistic and cultural conversations that are so timely right now.” Eshun’s notable projects include “In the Black Fantastic” at London’s Hayward Gallery in 2022.
Running parallel to Frieze London, “Like Paradise” boasts a captivating lineup of artists, each bringing their unique perspective. From the enchanting works of Stacey Gillian Abe and Dawit Adnew to the captivating creations of Kimathi Donkor and Tyler Mitchell, the exhibition is a tapestry of talent and creativity. Artists like Sharon Walters, Milan Young, and Richard Maguire contribute to the rich mosaic of artistic expression, making “Like Paradise” a must-see event for art enthusiasts and cultural connoisseurs alike.
LIKE PARADISE at Claridge’s ArtSpace, 5 October – 5 December 2023