I’m always curious as to what new developments are happening at Cavaliero Finn; this wonderful home-com-gallery run by Debra Finn and Juliana Cavaliero showcases really exciting new art and design talent, and is very selective about the Artists and designers that it exhibits.
The premise behind Cavaliero Finn is a simple, but effective one; beautiful works of art and design showcased in what Debra and Juliana call their home-com-gallery. And they have a seriously good eye for new talent, being somewhat quick off the block to discover up-and-coming designers and companies such as Esther Patterson (founder of lighting company Curiouser and Curiouser) and Custhom. the hip wallpaper duo (and a PARGY fave!)
The most recent additions to the gallery continues this trend with the wonderful sculptures of Kathy Dalwood (her father Hubert Dalwood was a very influential figure in the world of contemporary sculpture during the 1960s and 70s), the inventive ceramics of Alice Mara, and the exquisitely detailed Anatomically Correct Chairs from Sam Edkin.
The portrait busts of Kathy Dalwood particularly caught my eye. These plaster sculptures are inspired by the 18th and 19th century predilection for over-sized hats containing “incongruous objects ” – Marie Antoinette was an especial admirer of this fad and famously possessed one which showcased a boat with billowing sails! Do check out Kathy’s wonderful blog, which chronicles her daily workshop life, and contains some really lovely images.
For a bit of an Olympic inspired vibe, I think the witty and beautiful ceramics from Alice Mara are incredibly eye-catching. The only way I can describe their compositions is to say that they are a bit like human geometrics on a plate! One of the things I particularly enjoy about these designs is that you can choose how many lines of the pattern you want; from the more restrained singular line, to a Busby Berkeley-like busting 8 lines.
And I can’t hand you over to Juliana and Debra without mentioning how much I covet these Anatomically Correct chairs from recent Goldsmiths graduate Sam Edkins. A name to keep an eye out for if these beautifully detailed chairs are anything to go by!
Read on to find out a bit more about why Juliana and Debra fell in love with the work of these three incredibly gifted additions to the Cavaliero Finn experience.
“Kathy Dalwood’s sculptures are contemporary re-interpretations of the 18th and 19th century portrait bust. Kathy works with classical aesthetics and rather playfully mixes them with modern, industrial materials like concrete and plaster and everyday objects like tourist souvenirs and other little oddities she collects. The end result is a beautifully detailed sculpture which instantly engages. Juliana and I have really enjoyed sharing Kathy’s work with our clients as every time we look at them we discover a new element of the piece that we missed previously.”
We first started working with Alice Mara after lusting after her printed plates over eight years ago at her open studios. We’ve shown her work regularly since then and have had huge success with her Hanging People series in particular. We really admire her humorous take on ceramic design and the way she treats surface design as if she’s working on a canvas. We were very taken by Alice’s latest designs, inspired by the Olympic Games, they are very reminiscent of the 50s and 60s an era with bags of style.”
“The moment we saw Sam Edkin’s Anatomically Correct Chairs we knew we had to have them in our portfolio. We love the way the skeleton design invites interaction and seems to personify each chair he works with. Like many of the design pieces Cavaliero Finn sells, Sam’s work really makes you reassess the use and value of something rather ordinary and out of favour, transforming it into a fresh, contemporary, timeless classic.”