The recently opened Melrose Gallery at Melrose Arch is a collaboration between Justin Divaris, well-known entrepreneur and CEO of Daytona – sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren and Rolls-Royce – Clint Strydom acclaimed South African photographer, and Craig Mark of Kizo Art Consultants.
The collaboration is a natural extension of the Aston Martin Elements project (a body of modern, abstract photographic works that captured the essence of their iconic brand) done by Clint. These were recognised as part of Aston Martin’s brand identity for rollout via their global dealership network. The Melrose Gallery will see cultural collaboration with Melissa Goba and other respected curators in aspects of the 2017 Exhibitions Programme.
Craig has previously collaborated with Melissa and Thembinkosi Goniwe on the project ‘SPace: Currencies in African Contemporary Art.’ Craig and Thembinkosi also worked together on ‘Impressions of Rorke’s Drift’ in 2013 and 2014. Given the success of these and other collaborations, The Melrose Gallery is set to be an innovative custodian of South African and African Contemporary Art.
Mark envisions The Gallery as a space that “provides a warm home and contemporary platform for talented artists of Africa to meet, exchange ideas, network, exhibit and perform and for collectors to view and acquire quality artworks.”
Artists on display include: Willie Bester, Esther Mahlangu, Clint Strydom, Arlene Raviv, Anastasia Pather, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Gavin Rain, Loyiso Mkize, Ndabuko Ntuli, Roel Roelofsen and Heidi Hadaway.