RARITY GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery established by Vassilis Matsaidonis and Christos Nikolaou in 1994 in the centre of Mykonos.
The vision has always been to contribute to the art scene by exhibiting for the first time in Greece selected artworks from a diverse array of established living artists such as:
Julian Opie, the most influential Minimalist Pop-Artist of the New British Sculpture movement, whose work has been internationally exhibited at major museums, public collections and institutions. Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts from the time of his election in 2011 until December 2019. Le Brun’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Mel Ramos, a leading figure and the co-founder of the American Pop-Art movement of the ‘60s, along with Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist.
Hunt Slonem, with his enormous bag of technical tricks, which become apparent to the viewer the longer he stands before the work. His paintings are layered with thick brushstrokes of vivid colour, often cut into a cross-hatched pattern that adds texture to the overall surface of the painting. Over fifty museums internationally include Hunt Slonem's paintings in their collections.
Muntean & Rosenblum, is a collaborative artist duo worldwide renowned for using methods of sampling and resampling of subjects from art history and present-day popular culture.
In a different pictorial realm, the prominent hyper-photorealists: Yigal Ozeri, Israeli artist known for large-scale cinematic portraits of young women in landscapes. Roberto Bernardi, who finds his muse exploring the beauty of everyday life through the reflections and transparencies in his still life paintings. Raphaella Spence, worldwide established for her expressive colourisation, cityscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.
Joana Vasconcelos employs elements of Portuguese popular culture in her large-scale installations. In 2012, Vasconcelos showed her work at the major annual contemporary art exhibition in the Palace of Versailles.
George Pusenkoff, Postmodernist Russian painter and installation artist combining in his paintings modern art, cultural history and digital - pixel imagery. Charlotte Verity, an observational painter who draws on the natural world for her motifs. Antonio Marra, Op and Kinetic artist. The repetition of formal elements in the plan, the depersonalisation of the work and the revelation of the relativity of the vision creates fascinating visual experiences.
The forceful execution of Santiago Ydanez’s paintings with his dynamic brushstrokes compose a work full of truth and passion between expressionism and romanticism. Jean-Pierre Séguin’s projects which obtain both a figurative and an abstract perception of the portrait on the same surface.
Massimo Giannoni’s interiors of bookshops, libraries and stock exchanges are defined by the artist’s particular and individual pictorial style, which on first close impression become almost impossible to read, but as the observer distances from the artwork, the image becomes clear and defined.
Jens Lorenzen, influenced by contemporary history, sociological phenomena and politics, with pop culture references.
Riiko Sakkinen, the subversive founder of Turbo Realism, an art movement containing slogans , that seems joyful at the surface, but has an ironic intention of creating a feeling that something is indeed horribly wrong with the current social and political structures.
Set within the impressive backdrop of an early 20th century Mykonian manor house, the 200 m2 gallery has hosted, since 1994, over 80 exhibitions and curated group shows from contemporary artists, who have caused us to reconsider the very definitions of what art can look like and what it can achieve. The gallery is divided into six exhibition halls each following a distinct thematic narrative, whilst remaining in constant visual communication with each other.The architectural concept is that a gallery is a bunch of ideas, a kind of neutral place where the artist’s ideas are leading in harmony with the curator's aesthetics. An outdoor courtyard, which is the gallery’s garnish on the main road and an interior patio offer the possibility for exhibiting sculptures and installations outdoors.
RARITY GALLERY has mounted exhibitions by the sculptors:
Hanneke Beaumont who enjoys international reputation and her works are exhibited worldwide in major museums, public and corporate collections.
Sean Henry, for whom the art historial Tom Flynn has said that “through vigorously expressive modelling Henry imbues his figures with a powerful psychological presence, the theme of life and death a constant subtext”. His work includes private and public installations in many locations across Europe, like the National Portrait Gallery in London and USA.
Carole Feuerman specialises in bathers and swimmers and in the way waterdrops form on human skin. Most of her sculptures appear as if they have just emerged from a pool. The effect leads to an extra level of realism and emphasises Feuerman’s impressive grasp on human anatomy.
Marc Sijan creates incredibly hyperrealistic sculptures depicting ordinary people and capturing a life force in full swing.
Daniel Firman is inspired by artistic practices such as performance, dance and installation and thus his sculptures have the particularity to be a condensed process rather than motionless representations. Georg Scheele, the abstract form of his Carrara marble sculptures are all intertwined paths and loops. Fotis,, the distinguished Greek sculptor, who emphasises on a synthetic process from forms of the human body, trees and elements of Technology represents a contemporary anthropocentric Art.
RARITY GALLERY’s collection accompanies the main artistic movements of our times allowing different and state-of-the art readings of contemporary art.
The video sculptures by Marck are a consequence of his extensive examination with films, videos and multimedia based digital art projects.
Massimo Listri’s photography of majestic portraits of interiors is known for its technical perfection and its strictly conceptual approach. Russell Young is best known for his large silkscreen paintings using imagery drawn from recent history and popular culture.
Not just his models, but also Jeff Robb’s 3D lenticular holograms can be described as “contemplative” and “concerned”. Ilse Haider’s mixed media photographic op-kinetic works are distinguished for the use of three-dimensional surfaces.
RARITY GALLERY is particularly keen on finding young artists and giving them the needed push. The Gallery's objective is to sustain the market for talented emerging artists, who have pursued high quality art studies at internationally recognized universities, such as: Ismael Lagares, Javier Vazquez, Phil Akashi, Peter Anton, Nikos Floros, Katharina Gierlach, Adam Handler, Gavin Lynch, Dani Marti, Vanessa Prager, James Rieck, Woody Shepherd, Jan de Vliegher, René Wirths, Natalie Westbrook, a Yale graduate.
The gallery offers the chance to collectors to be acquainted for the first time with the work of these artists, who are pushing painting forward in bold new directions.
The choice of the artworks is based on strict criteria: the originality of the work, the timeless artistic value, the elevated aesthetic quality as well as the curators’ belief in the artists’ future evolutionary trajectory.
RARITY GALLERY provides curatorial expertise, acting as a consultant and cooperating with prominent art historians, curators and writers, while at the same time advising private and corporate collections and assisting collectors to build their collections internationally.