Visual Music & Poetry
An exhibition of paintings, works on paper & ceramics
20 September to 1 October 2016
Private View Tuesday 20 September 6-8pm
at The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark Street, London, SE1
Zimmer Stewart Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings
and ceramics by the renowned Spanish abstract expressionist, Felix Anaut.
Felix says “As an artist, one thing I know is that I don’t know anything,
imagination has its own energy. My work is in constant evolution, and I am
endlessly searching for new expressive forms. For many years much of my
inspiration has come from other great creators, composers and poets, whom
have helped me confront my own work.”
For some years now Felix Anaut has been developing his own unique painting
style he calls "Visual Music”, playing on the idea of synaesthesia between the art
forms. This exhibition includes his latest series of works, and also some he has
worked alongside the British Ethiopian poet, Lemn Sissay
Lemn Sissay met Felix Anaut in the summer of 2015. Felix Anaut invited Lemn
Sissay to his studio in France, and despite working in different mediums, both
artists found they had a common bond. They were able to jointly express their
thoughts and in the process create new works that are greater than the sum of
Some of the works incorporating Lemn Sissay’s poetry are drawn from his daily
Tweet poems (@LemnSissay).
During the exhibition visitors will be able to see a video presentation of Felix
Anaut artworks with Lemn Sissay poems being read by Dame Diana Rigg.
Alongside and in conjunction with the paintings, visitors will also see large scale
ceramics by Felix Anaut. These and the associated editioned ceramic pieces
have been made in collaboration with the Raimundo Abio in Spain.
James Stewart, Gallery Director said “I have known Felix Anaut since 1986, and
enjoyed seeing his work develop over the last thirty years. Now in his sixties,
Felix Anaut has taken his Visual Music paintings to a new level by collaborating
with Lemn Sissay.”
Felix Anaut, born in Zaragoza, Spain, studied at the L’Ecole de Montparnasse
d’Art et Dessin” in Paris in 1978-79, and has lived in Madrid, Tangier, Ibiza,
England, Belfast. In 1986 he became a member of the Association of Irish
He currently works between the South West of France & Ireland
In December 2003 Felix was awarded the “Career Recognition” award at the
Florence Biennale 2003. in 2005 Felix Anaut was been listed by the Spanish
national newspaper, El Mundo, in their annual year review as one of the most
influential personalities in the Arts, 2005-2006.
He has exhibited widely since 1978 and has had many solo and group
exhibitions in France, Ireland, Spain, Italy and the UK (Contact the gallery for a
Felix’s works are held in numerous private collections throughout Europe, The
United States of America and Australia, and in several public Institutions
including: The British Museum; Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples;
Ulster Museum; Instituto Cervantes (Bordeaux & Dublin); Musea de Isaba
(Navarra – Spain).
Following his “London Symphony” exhibited in 2010, Felix Anaut showed his
“Zaragoza Visual Symphony” an exhibition of large paintings accompanied by
music written by Gonzalo Alonso specifically for this event, in Zaragoza in 24
May 2011. The piece includes an aria written by Felix Anaut and to be sung by
the international soprano Marta Almajano.
Since 2012 Felix has exhibited works in the UK, Belgium, France, South Africa,
Spain and most recently at Musee Marmande, France in October 2015 when
Felix Anaut was the “Artiste d’Honneur” and in April 2016 at Galerie Egregore,
For a full C.V. of Felix Anaut’s career, please contact us or www.anaut.eu
Lemn Sissay is a poet and has written plays for stage and BBC radio. He
published his first book of poetry when he was just 21. His work has been
featured in a variety of places including the Royal Academy and British Film
His sculpture poem Gilt of Cain was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu and he is
the first poet to write for the Olympics (in London).
He received an MBE for services to literature in 2010.
He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, and an honorary Doctor of Letters
(University of Huddersfield).
In October 2015 he was appointed Chancellor at the University of Manchester,
and in the same month was invited on Desert Island Discs.
He was judge and host for the Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised
writers and was presenter of BBC's "Ten Pieces", described by Tony Hall, BBC
Director General, as "the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music
education in our country".
The Menier Gallery is an exciting and dramatic space to view and exhibit works
of contemporary art and design.
With its high walls and unusual layout it is perfect for viewing Felix Anaut's large
paintings, with more intimate spaces in which to see the smaller works and
The gallery is situated within the historic Menier Chocolate Factory, minutes from
London Bridge, Borough Market and Tate Modern. The gallery is located at the
heart of one of London's artistic hubs, and attracts many visitors, including art
lovers, theatregoers, local residents and tourists.
The Menier Gallery is managed by the registered charity Paintings in Hospitals
who be benefit from the hire of the exhibition space.
Zimmer Stewart Gallery:
Established in 2003 by James Stewart and John Zimmer, the Zimmer Stewart
Gallery shows contemporary art by (mainly) living artists through a programme of
6-8 exhibitions each year.
James Stewart curates each and every exhibition. The gallery is now well
established in Sussex and is know for exhibiting both emerging and established
artists. Works on show include paintings, original prints, ceramics, sculpture and
textiles. Their sculpture garden opens in the summer months showing larger
scale sculpture in bronze and other materials.
Each year Zimmer Stewart Gallery exhibits in London, but in 2016 there will be
two visits to the Menier Gallery, this one for Felix Anaut in September and for
Piers Ottey in November.
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Zimmer Stewart Gallery
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