Berntson Bhattacharjee

The Red Room

Hosted by: Berntson Bhattacharjee


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May 11, 2022 - May 15, 2022

Wing Gallery


Berntson Bhattacharjee

An exploration into the colour red, by four emerging UK based artists for whom this colour is a central element of their practice.

Through painting and sculpture, the use of red by these artists portrays the significance of their individual cultural, historical, and personal perspectives. The title of the exhibition takes inspiration from its namesake 1879 novel by Swedish author August Strindberg, which tells the tale of a struggling author grappling with the hypocrisy of society. He finds refuge in the “bohemian” community of Stockholm, who meet in a red dining room salon to discuss philosophy and art.

The first pigment known to man, red has a complex history. From the earliest cave paintings, it has been an essential tool for humans around the globe to develop and communicate. The symbolism and meaning of the colour ranges hugely and evokes feelings for different people, genders and cultures. It is arguably the colour with the most amount of varying meanings and can represent opposing psychological states. It has the capacity to arouse, anger, frighten, liberate, and call to action.

The relevance, as well as polarising meaning, of the colour red has been carried throughout art history, particularly when it comes to women. A colour which has traditionally represented sin, prostitution and shame can also depict liberation. Tracy Emin, Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Kruger are examples of artists who speak of rebellion, the body, and politics, using the same colour to convey different emotions.

Artists Shannon Bono (b.1996), Hannah Lim (b. 1998), Paula Turmina (b. 1991), and Georg Wilson (b. 1998), will present new works in the exhibition, each bringing their knowledge and notions of what this colour means to each of them. This spotlight on four very different contemporary artists will perhaps give an insight into the meaning of red for artists throughout their generation. Just as the salons of Strindberg’s time, we hope our Red Room will inspire creativity and discussion.

Image: Paula Turmina, Red Landscape, 2022. Mars pigments and oil on calico, 180 x 150 cm.

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It varies from artist to artist, but I think red is probably the most desirable colour you can get in art, full stop.

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About the Hosts

Berntson Bhattacharjee

Berntson Bhattacharjee

Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery is dedicated to celebrating inspiring emerging artists. Through curated exhibitions and a strong digital presence, they showcase the leading contemporary talent of young artists today. 
The gallery provides an opportunity for collectors to support a diverse roster of highly talented artists at a pivotal moment in their careers. With roots in London and Stockholm, they aim to bridge the art scene between these leading cultural hubs and introduce local artists to explore new venues internationally.   
With an artist forward approach, Berntson Bhattacharjee looks to create opportunities that will benefit the artists they work with, keeping their needs and long-term goals at the core of everything. Art advisory services are additionally offered to work with clients on a bespoke and personal level. 
Founders Lovisa Berntson and India Bhattacharjee are both based in London. India is Swedish-Indian and has lived in London most of her life. Since graduating with a BA in History of Art she has worked in the London art world at leading institutions such as Pace London, Sotheby’s and The Cultivist. Lovisa is from Sweden and holds a BS in Business and an MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute in London. She has worked in Stockholm and London in business consulting as well as at a leading contemporary art gallery in New York.

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