As Frieze, Masterpiece and a host of other art fairs prepare to open in London in the coming weeks, a rather different sort of gallery has just opened its own summer exhibition. LUMAS was set up in 1996 with the aim of making contemporary photographic art accessible and affordable, selling prints in hand-signed limited editions of 75-150 as well as open editions, both online and in galleries across the world. One of their galleries is on London’s South Molton Street, where their Summer Series is currently exhibiting no less than 85 new photographic works by forty different artists.Jolly Beach © Tommy Clarke, www.lumas.com.
Among the new additions to the gallery’s portfolio are Tommy Clarke’s birds-eye-view images of beaches and the sea. Drawing on the tradition of Massimo Vitali’s luminous seaside panoramas, Clarke literally upends the classical viewpoint by taking his photographs from a helicopter, disorienting the viewer with a scene at once recognisable and yet also somewhat abstracted, the heightened Martin Parr style colours adding a graphic intensity.Sandias y pistolas © Rosa Munoz, www.lumas.com.
Rosa Muñoz is an equally gifted colourist. Her surrealist stage-set images are digitally edited so that everyday objects – such as watermelons and baguettes – are theatrically lit, giving the ordinary a dramatic and unexpected importance, like a technicolour Giorgio de Chirico composition.Uroboros © Matthias Jung, www.lumas.com.
Similarly surreal is Matthias Jung’s photographic collage series ‘Life on a Flying Ship’. Using vast open landscapes as a starting point, he inserts carefully composed architectural fantasies that float through the sky, a powerful juxtaposition of the real and the fictional that gives the images an element of magic and myth. So if you are looking for a way into collecting art or simply want a stand-out piece to hang on the wall, LUMAS might just be the place to start.
By Kitty Hudson
The whole portfolio is available to view online at www.lumas.co.uk. LUMAS London is at 57 South Molton Street W1K 5SJ and is open Monday-Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 12-6. The Summer Series runs until the end of the month.