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A wide scope of abstracts selected by collector Tim Sayer at Zuleika

15 March, 2019 — By John Evans

Nigel Hall RA, Drawing 1788, 2018, (detail) acrylic and charcoal on paper, 76 x 56.5cm

ISLINGTON-based collector Tim Sayer has a new show, Abstract Allies, co-curated with Zuleika Gallery director Lizzie Collins, in the heart of St James’s.

At Zuleika in Mason’s Yard, until March 29, this small but finely tuned selling exhibition includes the work of 22 painters, sculptors and ceramicists. It features, among others, Willard Boepple, Ander Gunn, Frances Aviva Blane, Rebecca Salter, Martha Green Doran, Kenneth Martin, Kathleen Hyndman, Liz West, Lucie Rie and Howard Hodgkin.

Notable pieces include those by Royal Academicians Nigel Hall (Drawing 1788) and Sean Scully (Ten Towers IX); also two studies for a carving form, dated 1931, by Naum Gabo (1890-1977); and a number of fine pieces by Nadine Bell are inspired by the natural world using porcelain to interpret organic shapes and textures.

Sayer, a former BBC journalist, has been collecting art since 1962 and he and his wife Annemarie Norton have bequeathed their entire collection to The Hepworth in Wakefield.

Sayer was awarded the MBE for services to art and philanthropy in 2017.

• Abstract Allies runs until March 29 at Zuleika Gallery, 6 Masons Yard, St. James’s, SW1Y 6BU, 020 3903 6393, www.zuleikagallery.com

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