New Order II Show Shines Mirror on Contemporary Society

by Cass Art

Nothing reflects British society more than its art. So an exciting new exhibition of emerging contemporary art opening at one of London's most prestigious galleries this week is expected to be an illuminating experience.

The Saatchi Gallery in King's Road, Chelsea, throws open its doors on New Order II: British Art Today, on Friday (January 24). It is the second instalment in the gallery's new programme of showcases dedicated to the genre.

A whole floor has been assigned to 13 exhibiting artists in the early stages of their careers, enabling visitors to discover some of most exciting up-and-coming creatives in the country today.

Here are our top picks:

London-based abstract painter Dominic Beattie creates across a variety of mediums. He is equally happy working with aluminium, collage, ink and varnish on board as he is collage, tape, ink and enamel on board. His influences include Richard Tuttle and John Wesley. Beattie admits that around a quarter of his creative time is absorbed sourcing materials. He said: “I mainly use cheap things such as tape, marker pens, paper, household paints or found junk, so I'm always on the look-out for something new to work with.”

Fellow Londoner George Little's crowded works are abstract, figurative and patterned – and can literally be described as giving food for thought. Much of his work is centred around restaurants. For example, Waiting depicts a parade of napkins from a repeated folded white line, while Menu for a Better Life is inspired by Adolf Loo's Cafe Museum in Vienna. He has enjoyed exhibiting in Miami, Rome and New York.

Yorkshire-born abstract painter Mary Ramsden lends minimalist oil creations with crushing simplicity to the exhibition. The hushed tones and minute tweaks in the hue of her paintbox invite contemplation and poetry, so that viewers are compelled to consider every detail and smudge. This is the ultimate antidote to the often frenetic canvases occupying many galleries. Ramsden works by applying gentle layers of paint to empty spaces then wiping them down using rags to produce gossamer glowing compositions.

Entry is free. The exhibition ends on March 23. 

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Image Credits

Dominic Beattie, Untitled, 2012, Aluminium, ink, tape and varnish on board, 56 x 36 cm, © Dominic Beattie, 2012

Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

George Little, The Moveable Set, 2013, Oil, acrylic, Spray on Canvas, brass and Stainless Steel, 360 x 250 x 50 cm, © George Little, 2013

Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Mary Ramsden, Untitled, 2012, Oil on canvasm, 150 x 130 cm, © Mary Ramsden, 2012

Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

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