Gallery was founded in 1986 by Michael and Oya Richardson and soon came
to be recognised as one of London's foremost venues dedicated to showing
and promoting serious painting. In 1993 the art critic and writer Keith
Patrick, then chairman of the British section of the International Association
of Art Critics wrote that:
"Art Space Gallery
is one of those rare galleries which spontaneously attract the interest
of artists and many distinguished names are frequent visitors to its
exhibitions. This is even more remarkable given that the gallery is
situated in a quiet corner of Islington and not in the commercial centre
of Bond Street.
We may take this ground-level
support as an indication of the success of the gallery's policy. Over
a period when the art market has been particularly prone to the vagaries
of fashion Art Space has followed its own instincts. Above all its directors
- Michael and Oya Richardson - have maintained a commitment to painterly
figuration and have come to identify the gallery with a direction which
has remained significant in British art for forty years. It is to their
credit that they have extended our knowledge of the contemporary end
of that tradition.."
the gallery has grown along with many of its earlier artists to become
one of London's leading galleries for contemporary painting where the
work of young artists can be seen along with those of established reputations.
As David Lee commented in Arts Review in 1998:
Gallery has an eye for the more refined art student and is always worth
visiting with a view to buying now what will indubitably be more expensive
In April 2011 the Gallery celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major exhibition of work from artists who had solo exhibitions in the Gallery which included many eminent names from the British art scene.
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