On a surprisingly balmy late autumn evening, The Luxury Channel honoured an invitation to attend one of the world’s most prestigious galleries, The Royal Academy based at Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, to view the exclusive celebrity launch of globally-renowned contemporary artist Lincoln Townley’s unique and superlative W1 Collection.
Lincoln’s visceral relationship with his canvases comes across vividly, with his collections being celebrated and presented globally. The work is collected by connoisseurs of art and several high profile individuals, many of whom share a fascination with the mesmeric and turbulent themes of his work that reflect the story of his rise from the gutters of Soho to become a phenomenal success story in the art world. He has gone on to be commissioned to paint the world’s biggest stars that include people like Al Pacino, Madonna, Robert Downey Jr, Russell Brand, Gary Oldman, Mickey Rourke and Sir John Hurt, amongst several others.
Mayumi Tomita from the Royal Academy said: “We are delighted to be showing Lincoln Townley’s work. He is an outstanding artist with a unique style that sets him apart from his contemporaries.” Townley explained that “the W1 Collection explores the underbelly of an area of London famous for art, creativity, crime and excess. It’s one of the most visited areas of any capital city in the world and I wanted to express the chaotic energy that bubbles under the surface.”
Townley’s work has been described as “having an edge and authenticity that is rare.” Townley further explained about the composition of the work, saying “The twelve paintings that make up the W1 Collection are very large pieces and I use oil on canvas to bring out the colours, intense emotion and turmoil I want to express. It’s an honour to be exhibiting these paintings at The Royal Academy.”
It has been a remarkable year for Twnley. To add to the many A-list stars he has been commissioned to paint, the American CEO of BAFTA has commissioned a portrait of an iconic star, to be presented to the actor at the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
His next project is the Las Vegas Collection. This group of 15 paintings looks at man’s desire to gamble and take huge risks, grasping every neon light and distorted crazed face in the realm of a magical yet dangerous environment – the casino. The Collection will be shown at The Wynn Casino Las Vegas in 2016.
For further information on Lincoln Townley, please visit www.lincolntownley.com.