Francesco Grillo hit the headlines last year, when she was accused, alongside her sister Elisabetta, of defrauding Charles Saatchi and his former wife Nigella Lawson of £685,000 with company credit cards. The sisters were found not guilty in December 2013.
Francesco has teamed up with another former Saatchi employee, Sharrine Scholtz, to launch a gallery-without-walls, Laissez Faire Art. Sholtz has worked at the Serpentine Gallery and Rankin’s studio—she was also a founding director of London’s Fold Gallery.
At present Laissez Faire Art have five artist on their site including FADwebsite favourite Wayne Chisnall.
Identified as ‘one to watch’ at this year’s London Art Fair, featured in the Financial Times and with work already in the collection of Charles Saatchi and a decorative mural commissioned by Brad Pitt at Chateau Miravel, Marie-Elisabeth Merlin’s (b.1968) debut London solo show – Mondes Hypothétiques – is hotly anticipated.