Last night saw the private preview of the London Art Biennale with an attendance exceeding 1,500 people including the Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds, Ambassadorial dignitaries and of course a loyal following of buyers to view the work of 130 contemporary artists from over 40 countries including a painting by the 7 year old Aelita Andre from Australia - currently the most famous child prodigy in today’s art world.
Sales were plentiful even prior to the charity auction in aid of the Salvation Army’s three London centres. Highlights of the brisk bidding were an original drawing by Pietro Annigoni (his portrait of the late Princess Margaret made £680,000 at Christie’s) and another original work by Josè Dalì, the son of Salvador. Added to which was an exquisite violin painted by the aforesaid Andre.
The quality and diversity of this exhibition is exceptional, with extremely attractive price points to entice the younger pockets embarking on an art collection as well as the heavy-weight collectors.