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Chris Burden at Gagosian

Chris Burden sadly died in 2015, but this weekend his posthumous show Measured opens at Gagosian. We at Delphian Gallery are very excited about the show!

September 29, 2018–January 26, 2019
Britannia Street, London

“Limits” is a relative term. Like beauty, it is often in the eye of the beholder.
—Chris Burden

Gagosian is pleased to present Measured, an exhibition of two large-scale works by Chris Burden: 1 Ton Crane Truck (2009) and Porsche with Meteorite (2013).

Measured - Chris Burden -Gagosian

With a series of startling actions in the early 1970s, Burden challenged his own mental and physical limitations, and with them the boundaries of art and performance. Shut inside a locker for five days (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), shot in the arm (Shoot, 1971), and nailed through the palms of his hands to the roof of his Volkswagen (Trans-fixed, 1974), he sought to reflect the violence that defined American politics, society, and media. Over the course of his career, the daring spirit of these early performances evolved into compelling large-scale sculptures that embody technical feats on an imposing scale. Burden used toys (figurines, train sets, Erector parts) as the building blocks for expansive scale models of skyscrapers, dystopic cities, and battlefields; conversely, he deployed actual vehicles (ships, trucks, and cars) in surreal and gravity-defying ways.

At the Britannia Street galleries, a functional 1964 F350 Ford crane-truck is held in balance with the weight of a one-ton cast-iron cube, and a Porsche 914 sports car is suspended in equilibrium with a meteorite. Both vehicles have been restored to pristine condition using contemporary materials, from fresh paint to new tires. In 1 Ton Crane Truck, the Ford is painted bright orange and the custom-made cube suspended from its crane boom announces its weight—“1 TON”—in recessed lettering, forcing the viewer to consider the physical capacities of the familiar American vehicle.

Burden pushed this precarious sense of balance even further in Porsche with Meteorite. Like a giant seesaw, a yellow Porsche and a nickel-iron meteorite hang from either end of a steel beam. The fulcrum, placed off-center, distributes the weight so that both objects are raised from the floor. The Porsche, at 993.4 kilograms (2,190 lbs.), weighs down the short end of the beam, and the meteorite, at 176.9 kilograms (390 lbs.), counterbalances it on the long end. Porsche with Meteorite thus draws attention to the relativity of size, weight, and value, juxtaposing refined German manufacture with an extraterrestrial metal chunk.

Measured - Chris Burden -Gagosian

Ten exciting ceramicists you should be following.

Ceramics and other mediums of tactile sculpture are having a real revival in popularity at the moment, so here is our list of the ten most exciting ceramicists that you should be following on Instagram right now.


Kevin McNamee-Tweed (@CottonTweed)

Kevin’s ceramics are often two-dimensional and wall-mounted, making them both painting and sculpture in one. The way in which he creates the lines is by inscribing them into the raw clay pre-firing.

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Frederik Næblerød (@Naeblerod)

Frederik is a painter as well as one of the best ceramicists, but we couldn’t leave him off the list when he does such incredible work as this gold head below.

#frederiknæblerød #anatebgigallery

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Brian Rochefort (@EnergyGloop)

The textures and colours in Brian’s work make them look so tasty that we just want to eat them.


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Dan T Mccarthy (@DanTMccarthy)

It is impossible to not love Dan’s quirky ‘Facepots’,

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Tom Volkaert (@C0ldChain)

Tom’s work is messy and disordered, and immensely beautiful.


Laurence Owen (@LaurenceOwen)

“He employs the recognisable with connotative values that we associate with object and time. By considering Folklore, Paganism and early Mythology he investigates how these specific belief systems are connected to contemporary consumerist culture through ideas of ritual and worship.”

If you’ve enjoyed this list of the ten ceramicists you should be following, try others in this series, check out our list of the Ten Abstract Painters, or Eleven Student Artists

Florence Hutchings Prints

Wine glass and a fruit bowl on a table mat A bookcase in front of windowsbananas in a fruit bowltwo vases on a shelftwo chairs in the living room

The private view for Florence Hutchings’ current show with us was incredible, with all of the paintings selling out in the first 45 minutes! We have a limited number of these exquisite fine art prints still available for any of you who missed out on getting a painting.

Each print is a limited edition run of 5 prints, which are supplied with certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance. They are 30 x 40 cm / 12″ x 16″ including a small white border for easy framing, and are archival Giclée prints with an archival lifespan of up to 200 years.

Presented on Hahnemühle Photo Rag premium Fine Art paper with a slightly off white, matt finish paper with guaranteed archival properties. The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction, and excellent detail. It has a minimal texture and a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients.

Each are editions of five, with only a couple at most still remaining of each.

You can find them HERE


We asked 45 artists what is the one bit of advice they would give a young artist at the start of their career, read their answers here.


We asked 45 of our favourite artists what was the one bit of advice they would give to a young artist at the start of their career. Here are their answers.

Paul Weiner (@POWeiner) – Find a hole in art history that you feel passionate about and fill it, document your work, and put it out in the world both physically and digitally to build an audience around it.

Remi Rough (@RemiRough) – Don’t run before you can walk…

Charley Peters (@CharleyPeters) – Design your life to get what you need to develop your work – enough money, space and time to do what you want to do…be brave, work hard, and be kind to people in the process.

Jonny Green (@JonnyGreenArt) – Look at the most fashionable and successful artist in your peer-group. Copy their work, copy their clothes, try and speak like them, kill them, be them. Voila!

Richard Stone (@Artist_Stone) – I can’t recall who said it, but it was something like, remember, you’re a good artist at 40, a great artist at 50. I’m not saying that artists don’t make really strong work early on, but I think there’s something honest about how much you have to grow and how resilient you need to be.

Kevin Perkins (@Kevin_Perkins_) – Explore, be open to exploring technique, medium, etc. Don’t put yourself into a box to quickly.

Sally Bourke (@Justondark) – Work! Then keep working!

Lee Johnson ( – Just keep on making and looking.

Jenny Brosinski (@Jenny_Brosisnski) – Be yourself.

Andy Dixon (@Andy.Dxn) – You won’t get respect for work you haven’t done yet. Put in the work first and everything else will come later.

Klone Yourself (@KloneYourself) – Be true to yourself and don’t give up on your principles. Also look into the history and the news, you’re part of this world, be aware. And don’t take it as a career, at least not in the beginning, this ain’t accounting or law practice. Take it easy and respect your peers.

Daisy Parris (@DaisyParris) – Make work constantly. Try anything and everything.

Richie Culver (@RichieCulver) – Probably, go to art School. I didn’t go and I really struggle with that. Fearing I missed something or that my career would be in a better place if I had

Jake Chapman (@JakeChapmaniac) – Anticipate a tragic end.

Benjamin Murphy (@BenjaminMurphy_) – Stick to your guns: don’t try to follow fashions or cater to market demand.

Tom Anholt (@TomAnholt) – Work harder than you think you need to and be a nice person.

Spencer Shakespeare (@SpencerShakespeare) – Draw from life draw without thought draw with different things on different things. Have fun drawing let it be free of any reason. Experiment.

Rowan Newton (@Rowan_Newton) – Enjoy being able to do your craft 24/7 and experiment with it as much as possible. Coz it will be the only time u have that amount of freedom, in terms of both your art and time.

Hayden Kays (@HaydenKays) – Don’t buy cheap paint, it’s a waste of your money and more importantly, a waste of your time.

Matthew Allen (@Matthew__Allen) – It may go without saying, but, make strong, well thought-out work. This is the foundation of your career and through whatever ups and downs or trends you should always be able to come back to a firmly grounded practice.

Rae Hicks (@Rae_Hicks_On_Gangs) – Don’t believe a word anyone says. Almost everything – proclamations, snide digs, hubris, advice, and eulogising – is nonsense. Absolutely no one has the faintest idea what the fuck is going on.

Jonni Cheatwood (@Jonni_Cheatwood) – Read your contracts! Make sure you know what you’re getting into. After that, show up and get to work, and then have patience and then have thick skin.

Andrew Salgado (@Andrew.Salgado.Art) – work twice as hard and worry half as much. and don’t expect too much too soon: its a marathon, not a sprint, and too much attention too early can actually turn out to harm your career in the long-run.

Soumya Netrabile (@Netrabile) – Designate a certain amount of time daily to make art without distractions, and with focus and intention.

Luke Hannam (@LukeHannamPaintings) – Don’t settle on a style too quickly, even if it gets you attention.

Hedley Roberts (@HedleyRoberts) – Being an artist is a long term project, keep going no matter what. If you’re still making work when you’ve been rejected, when there are no sales, and there are no exhibition opportunities; if you’re working other jobs to support your art work, if you keep going no matter what… then you’re a successful artist.

Nick JS Thompson (@nickjsthompson) – Keep doing what you’re doing. It sounds like a massive cliché, which it is, but I think it’s really easy to fall into the trap of making more of the type of work that gets a good response on social media and thinking that that is the direction you should go in but often may not be.

Neva Hosking (@NevaHosking) – Paid dues don’t pay rent, don’t let people take advantage of you. I used to be so flattered people liked my work that I let them walk all over me, still learning.

Justin Long (@_JustinLong) – @brettgorvy

Erin Lawlor (@TheErinLawlor) – Be curious/work hard.

Tony Riff (@TonyRiff) – Never stop doing personal work, that’s rule number one for me, just keep a small sketchbook around, developing your own style really just comes from a lot of trial and error, something you might not discover if the only work you do is for other people.

Justin Lee Williams (@ArtJLW) – To take every artist that gives you advice and understand it’s just advice, and there is no right or wrong way to approach being a artist. Also to not be so hard on yourself, the work u are making now will not at all be the same work you produce 10 or 20 years into the future, so let it go and learn fast.

Wingshan Smith (@WingshanSmith) – Support each other. Share resources, go to each other’s PVs when you can, and don’t forget to check in (or out) if you need to.

Fiona Grady (@Fiona_Grady) – To enjoy their practice! You can tell when an artist is engaged and excited by what they are doing. There’s a lot of pressure on young artists to be ‘discovered’ but takes time and hard work to develop your career.

Jordy Kerwick (@JordyKerwick) – Paint or draw or create every single day.

Obit (@LazyObit) – It took me a while to realise that no one in the world knows what they’re doing, everyone is blagging it, wish I knew that younger. Also people will be earning a lot more than you for doing a lot less so don’t stress about overpricing yourself. Most importantly be good to people and they’ll look after you.

Anthony Cudahy (@AnthonyCudahy) – Follow your instincts and trust yourself. Not everything people say you should do is something ‘you’ should do, and that applies also to not everything people say you shouldn’t do.

Johnny Thornton (@_JohnnyThornton) – Don’t wait for inspiration, just work. Even the most common and mundane art exercise can lead to big ideas. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and definitely don’t expect all your work to be good; bad work is part of the process and you will learn from it.

Magnus Gjoen (@MagnusGjoen) – Think about what you’re going to do next and develop. Don’t stand still and get comfortable.

Jesse Draxler (@JesseDraxler) – Don’t take other’s advice. .

Martin Lukac (@Martin.Lukac) – Be yourself work as hard as you can and go full power all the time.

Mevlana Lipp (@Mevlana_Lipp) – Take your time.

Danny Romeril (@D_Romeril) – I am young still but I guess be yourself and do what you want and make sure you keep enjoying it then hopefully its still fresh.

Florence Hutchings (@FlorenceBH) – Work as hard as possible the whole time and always stick to being yourself-don’t let the pressure of art school change who you are!

Catherine Haggarty (@Catherine_Haggarty) – Be very active and generous to the artists around you! Keep Your over head very low and make work all the time with no concern of showing or selling! It’s a marathon!

CUB Magazine Interview

We were recently interviewed by those over at CUB Magazine about two of our most-recent shows.We talked about our Open Call exhibition, and the winner of the competition (Florence Hutchings)’s solo show Seating Arrangement.

A snippet of our interview is below, to read the entire thing follow the link at the bottom.


  1. The winner of Delphian Gallery’s 2018 Open Call competition, Florence Hutchings will exhibit her work in Seating Arrangement this September. What does the competition strive to discover each year?

As a gallery in general, a big part of what we aim to do is discover the newest, most exciting artists, right before their careers takes off. Running an open-call exhibition is a great way to discover these, and we tried to remove every barrier which may stop a young artist from submitting; we made it free to enter, and we made it a print-only show so that all people had to do was upload a high-quality jpeg to creativehub and our friends at theprintspace would print and mount them. This made it incredibly easy and risk-free to enter, so because of this we got over 8000 submissions, from countries all over the world, and were able to show some artists who’d never exhibited in London before – in some cases, who’d never exhibited anywhere before.



55 Pages Interview


Our friends over at 55 Pages magazine recently caught up with Florence ahead of our show to chat about her work and what she has planned, the full article can be read at the link below.


The show is only 2 days away, and we hope you’re as excited for it as we are. If you would like to join us for the private view, or need more information, please see the Facebook page HERE.

Kim Dorland – Terror Management Theory

One of our favourite galleries Beers Contemporary is soon to present Terror Management Theory from one of our favourite artists Kim Dorland. The details can be found below.
For his first solo show at Beers London, Canadian artist Kim Dorland presents ‘Terror Management Theory’, wherein the artist offers a modern-day reimagining of the concept of Memento Mori.

Dorland has long explored the concept of Memento Mori, which, when translated from Latin, means ‘remember that you have to die’, and represents one of the longest standing conventions in the history of art-making. In early history, Romans of the Stoic school of Philosophy pronounced the need to face death in a steadfast manner: ‘Death smiles at us all,’ wrote Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius before his death in the year 180 AD, ‘all we can do is smile back.’  Art history traces various religious beliefs and the paintings that accompanied myriad historical periods as reminders of the need to eschew earthly pursuits and work towards living a Godly life. This fascination with death can be traced back to as recently as the Victorians, whose Memento Mori photographs depicted the living posed next to bodies of deceased family members, like morbid curios of a bygone era.

It is a way of thinking that seems to have been lost on most western cultures in recent times. For Kim Dorland, Terror Management Theory’ is a contemporary reimagining of Memento Mori: ‘a psychological theory,’ he states, ‘about being confronted with the knowledge of our death, and how that makes us act and think… it has been very much on my mind these days that the state we’re in on so many different fronts (environment, politics) is pretty ominous.’ 

Perhaps as humans we have always felt we were living near the proverbial ‘end times’. The Great War, World War II, the Cold War – all modern-world examples where humanity seemed to lie under a proverbial Sword of Damocles*, its future tentative and uncertain. And Dorland’s work has always housed a sort of unease, eeriness, or looming sense of danger – even when at his most playful. This tendency towards normalisation in the face of such world-changing events – is it testament to mankind’s resilience or naivety? Art has always reacted to its social and political context, and it seems that Dorland is responding as such:

‘The show is my imagined extrapolation of that theme – obvious portentous signs that are a bit more dramatic – but not that far off,’ he says, ‘an imagined “how far do things have to go before we notice or act?” It’s not meant to be an overtly political or “statement” show, but it’s definitely what’s on my mind these days. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid it.’
Certainly, Dorland’s trademark subject matter is once again at play: solitary figures in nighttime forests, owls gazing ominously back at the viewer, self-portraits laced with visceral ‘blobs’ of impasto paint. But there is also a playfulness in both his approach and his titling: Plein Air Painter replaces that ominously shadowy figure in the woods with another tradition in painting: the open air painter, an approach favoured by the Modernists as they watched the changing of the daylight and seasons. In Self Portrait at 44, the artist wryly mentions his age as another subtle, albeit humorous, reminder of one’s own morbitity. Have a Nice Day is perhaps the most outwardly tongue-in-cheek, referencing the currently topical ‘plastic-crisis’, the fragility of life, and the entrapments of life in a single, rather banal image. There are (not so) subtle allusions to zombification, biohazards, teenage posses, a vampire (or two), as well as a few other horror-movie clichés thrown in (haunting sunset, long-haired girl), and of course, a couple of traditional Memento Mori scenes: a skull bursting with flowers, one bright blue, and one starkly black. These two stand in as metonym for all of Dorland’s practice: at once haunting, simultaneously overabundant expressions of some sort of mania, be it gleeful or haunting, situated between extremes: the sheer rapture of artistic expression…life, and – of course – death.

Damocles is a figure featured in a single moral anecdote commonly referred to as “the Sword of Damocles”, an allusion to the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power. Wikipedia

Kim Dorland’s works remind us of the power of nature and the impact that humanity has upon our environment. His paintings are typically inspired by the landscapes of his native Canada, as well as more traditional landscape painting and portraiture such as that explored through Tom Thomson, of Canada’s famed Group of Seven who painted in the early 20th Century. But what is perhaps most indicative of Dorland’s trademark style is a seemingly post-punk aesthetic: like glowing embers from a fading campfire, Dorland’s tableaux suggests the harsh burn-out of a long party, a suburban riot, or a torrid affair. Through their use of bright colours and thickly impasto paint, Dorland’s scenes often depict a relatively tongue-in-cheek idea of modern life versus nature: graffiti-ridden walls, bridges encroaching into the wilderness, sunrise in suburbia littered with beer bottles, or trunks of trees with expletives ‘carved’ into their bark with paint. Certainly, there is a sinister undertone to his perspective, but they are presented and levied by their sense of humor and apparent irreverence. Even his figurative work operates similarly, where portraits of friends or family members emerge almost conceptually: often through a vigorously applied mountain of paint, as though the paint were a type of metonym or stand-in for memories. Other times, faces are ghostly, shadowed or obscured behind hoods and blankets. Applying paint in a fevered, immediate manner, Dorland uses a combination of flattened acrylic grounds layered with viscerally and liberally applied oils. Lately, his approach combines ‘digital painting’ with his instantly recognizable style. These are paintings that prefer to elevate their medium – as opposed to their subject matter: Dorland has alluded to celebrated painter Frank Auerbach as a pivotal, early influence, stating he’d “never seen anything like it, the way the material looked and felt. It was sort of icky’. Like Auerbach, Dorland paints his subjects with a sense of freedom from traditional representation combined with an unsettling, almost violent immediacy. Like Auerbach, it seems to provide – for both artist and viewer – a method of exploring humanity and the uncanny while simultaneously keeping it at a curious psychological distance.

KIM DORLAND (b. 1974, Alberta, Canada) lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He graduated with an MFA from York University, Toronto, in 2013, and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 1998. Solo Exhibitions include: ‘Same Old Future’. Arsenal Contemporary, New York City (2018); ‘Nemophilia’, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver (2017); ‘Get Out’, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal (2017); and ‘I know that I know Nothing’, Angell Gallery, Toronto (2016). Group exhibitions include: ‘Aidas Bareikis, Kim Dorland & Bill Saylor’, Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); and ‘Major Works’, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver (2016). Dorland was the Globe and Mail’s ‘Artist of the Year 2013’. His works can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Musée D’art Contemporain De Montréal, The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Richard Prince Collection, the Taschen Collection and The Contemporary Art Foundation in Japan. Dorland’s first group exhibition with BEERS London was in ‘O Canada!’ (2017). He will have his first solo exhibition with BEERS London in September 2018, entitled, ‘Terror Management Theory’.

Claus Busch Risvig Interview


How do you select a piece for your collection, is it a case of choosing an artist to collect, or choosing a piece that fits in with the aesthetic of the rest of your collection?

It’s about following in love with a piece, we dont have any specific strategy on how to select works for our collection.

Does your collection have a certain aesthetic, or do you predominantly collect a certain style of work?

I think our collection is quite eclectic, is more about adding works that we love then accuire a certain style of work. But we have a lot of paintings so that could be a theme even though we would like to add other types of media in the future.

Collectors can have quite a big influence over an artists career, do you feel that this is a big responsibility or do you try not to think about it

Sure I think about it, and I try to help the artists i collect in the Best way i can.

Oli Epp

What are your opinions on collectors selling the works they own, and how do you think is the best way for them to go about doing so in a conscientious way?

I don’t have a problem with people Selling the things the own, the only thing I dont like is when they flip young artist for a quick profit, for me thats not collecting. It’s really hard for me to say what the best way to sell is as i almost never sell anything, but I think when you sell something you should have in mind that i shouldn’t harm the artist in any way.

Richie Culver

What advice would you give to young artists in relation to being collectible/ getting their work in the right collections?

I think the best way to get into the right collections is to work with a good Gallery that is able to place the work in the right places, they already now who the good collectors are, which can be hard to know when your a young artist.

With the dawn of social media, do you think it’s possible for an artist to go it alone, outside of the gallery system?

Of course it is and I think you can have good succes in doing that, but I also think you’ll have a hard time to get your work into institutional shows and collections without having a Gallery backing you, but maybe that will change in the future.

What galleries are doing exciting things for you at the moment

Galleri Jacob Bjørn is doing great shows and think his next show with Graham Wilson is gonna be awesome, I also really enjoy the programm of Rolando Anselmi who also represents one of my favorite artists Asger Dybvad Larsen.

The young Gallery Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen is also doing some great shows and is a Gallery a have a close eye on.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a collection?

See a lot of shows both at galleries and museums and read books so you get a sense of the art historie and maybe start out with buying some prints its an affordable to start out collecting. And you should not be afraid of making mistakes It’s a part of collecting and often will help you make better decisions in the future.

And finally, what artists do you think are going to be making big waves in the future?

Haha that’s a tough question! I’m really not into speculating in these things, but I think you should keep an eye out for British artist like Oli Epp, Richie Culver and Liam Fallon I personally think they are gonna do great things in the future.


Photos courtesy of the Bech Risvig Collection and the Artist