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Feature Pia Pack’s positivity is what you need right now

Championed by Aurore Ogden
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Above  Pia Pack Light 2021 90 x 70cm Acrylic on canvas
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Pia Pack and Aurore Ogden
17 March 2021
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Pia Pack and Aurore Ogden
17 March 2021
The Director of Art at The Arts Club on London’s Dover Street, Aurore Ogden is the face of “art” at the Club. She is responsible for curating its impressive art events programme, which has welcomed speakers including Frances Morris, Don McCullin, Cornelia Parker and Theaster Gates, and overseeing all other art partnerships. She is also co-chair of the Tate Young Patrons and sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Women in the Arts. We caught up with her to discuss why she thinks you should add the work of London-based artist Pia Pack to your collection – especially now.
Ogden says: “Pia Pack’s bold palette and subtle emphasis on social connectivity has a vitality to it, an optimism emanating from it, which reminds us in these difficult times that all is not lost, brighter days are ahead.

“Now is the moment to acquire a beautiful, colourful ray of Pia Pack positivity. Her work, including multiple commissions, is being bought up by people in all corners of the globe but she is prolific and early enough in her career that her pieces are still affordable but, mark my words, not for long.”

Pia’s influences are diverse and far-reaching, including: 1930s Picasso; the Pattern and Decoration movement in America in the 70s; the 80s Italian design movement; The Memphis Group; British Surrealism – in particular the work of Eileen Agar and Pia’s old MA tutor, Dexter Dalwood; as well as what she describes as “a whole coven of female painters working right now”.

During the pandemic and resulting lockdowns, she’s used the quiet time to zero in on her painting and, after spending a long time as an artist for hire, she’s now at the stage where she can focus on her own work and making self-instructed pieces. We can’t wait to see what that brings.

About the champion

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Aurore serves as Director of Art at The Arts Club on Dover Street, based in London. She is responsible for curating the Club’s art events programme – speakers include Frances Morris, Don McCullin, Cornelia Parker and Theaster Gates – in addition to overseeing all other art partnerships, serving as the face of ‘Art’ at The Arts Club. She is recent co-chair of the Tate Young Patrons and sits on the Executive Committee for AWITA – the Association of Women in the Arts. Aurore graduated from University College London with a B.A. (Hons) degree in History of Art and a minor in Anthropology.

“She is prolific and early enough in her career that her pieces are still affordable but, mark my words, not for long.”

Aurore Ogden

Place of Birth

London, UK

Education

MA Fine Art, Bath School of Art

Awards, Accolades

‘LA: Night & Day’ with CURA, The Lodge, LA (March 2020) and ‘Table Talk’, Alex Eagle, London (December 2019)

Spiritual guides, Mentors

John Cage, Ree Morton and Betye Saar

Advice

Focus on what you love, then nothing will get in your way


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