Interview Contemporary artist Nettie Wakefield
As the speed of life becomes increasingly fast, Wakefield considers her work as an act of mindfulness, a slower way to live, to take time to enjoy the act of looking. For her, the aspects of everyday life which tend to be overlooked or taken for granted have become a rich source of inspiration. Her ‘Reverse Portraits’, which have been gaining recognition since her debut solo show at the Rook & Raven Gallery in Fitzrovia in 2014, depict people from behind, concealing their faces and yet still portraying beauty and intrigue. They’ve also been shown at Banksy’s Dismaland, auctioned alongside pieces by Tracey Emin, and become a collector’s favourite.
Her latest works are currently on show in the ‘Post-Pop!’ group show at Maddox Gallery alongside works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons.
Lovett adds: “With Nettie’s new work in the current ‘Post-Pop!’ exhibition at Maddox Gallery, the refined delicacy of her pencil drawings jars with the bold, slang text, making it fresh and irreverent. After everything we’ve been through over the past few years, clients want artwork that’s not only thought provoking, but also makes them smile.”
‘Post-Pop!’ runs until 28 August at Maddox Gallery, in Gstaad and at its flagship location on Maddox Street, London.
Wakefield will also return to Beyond the Streets, the premier exhibition of graffiti and street art, this autumn, in a permanent space on La Brea in Los Angeles.
About the champion
Former actress, fashion boutique owner and now gallery director at Maddox Gallery, Fi Lovett has more strings to her bow than most. She had a love for the arts from a young age and helps other young talent to develop theirs, championing emerging artists in her role as one of the most respected art dealers and collectors around.