The ARX a new 15,000 sqft art space has opened on the Brompton Road in London’s Knightsbridge just down the road from Harrods. Showcasing world-famous artists such as Basquiat, Banksy, Hirst, KAWS alongside emerging artists in an exclusive, multi-sensory four-floor space. With a sister gallery opening shortly on New York’s Madison Avenue and plans to expand into other prominent international markets, The ARX family is on track to become an industry heavy hitter.
Russian-born artist Maria Kreyn is currently The ARX’s first artist-in-residence, painting her monumental canvasses, which blend Old Master techniques with a contemporary sensibility, in the gallery’s ground floor space. Kreyn’s distinctive style recently drew the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who commissioned eight of her works for his US$82 million renovations of Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The gallery’s inaugural exhibition was an impressive solo showcase of works by the American contemporary street artist and founder of OBEY Clothing, Shepard Fairey, setting the precedent for a trailblazing and varied programme.