Purple Art

[April 27 2012]

ANOTHER VIEW OF PIERRE LE-TAN’S WORKS at the dennis severs house, london

Set in the theatrical Dennis Severs House, an exhibition of illustrator Pierre Le-Tan’s artworks marks the launch of the new online art salon East of Mayfair, with the new website also conceived in collaboration with Pierre-Le Tan and Thibaud Herem. Le-Tan’s watercolors, featuring cult figures such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol and Jean Cocteau, are staged across ten rooms within this Grade II listed Georgian Home in Spitalfields. This is the first exhibition to be held in this house, once home to Huguenot silkweavers and then inhabited by the late eccentric Dennis Severs from 1979 to 1999. Over two decades, Severs transformed the home into a mysterious time capsule of the 18th and 19th century London, creating a sense of memory, nostalgia and ancestral presence through a narrative of its imaginary tenants, the Jervis Family. An avid collector himself, Le-Tan’s works evoke a poetic dialogue by candle-light in this dramatic space. Pierre Le-Tan is on view through April 28, open daily 17.30-20.30 (or by appointment with East of Mayfair) at the Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, London. Photo and text Sophie Pinchetti

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