Since 1849, Huntsman has a strong association with artists, collectors, gallerists. From dressing Lucian Freud with night fittings in his Holland Park studio,
to the collaboration with Ed Ruscha for a bespoke lining reproduction of his “Boy meet Girl”masterpiece.
For its bespoke shirt service relaunch in may 2019, Huntsman commissioned artist Carlos Penãvler to create a large scale, freehand line drawing in the window of 11 Savile Row, an energetic and playful depiction of shirts that are designed to espouse the body in movement.
So when esteemed gallerist Carl Kostyal planned “Hook and Crook”, an exhibition of Ben Spiers’s paintings at number 12 Savile Row, one door down from Huntsman, and place of some of our ateliers, we asked the artist to take over the Huntsman window. From June 26th, our 100 years shopfront will feature “Blackseat”, a daring and strong work of the artist’s visual, complex ambitious paintings, in the spirit thought by his Goldsmith’s tutor Peter Doig in the 1990s, combined with a taste for appropriation, gift of Simon Linke, the other big influence of the artist creative development.
We are particularly appreciative of the artist development of age old ideas into a contemporary interpretation, in the spirit of “Huntsman, contemporary since 1849”
For a full information on the exhibition and the artist biography, please visit the Kostyal gallery website