We’re delighted to have brought to light OHSH Projects with our industry-leading Gallery130 Spotlights.
OHSH Projects is a nomadic art platform that explores the tactility of art and space. In 2023, the project resided at 106 New Oxford Street, a former restaurant, repurposed to present art in the centre of London and featured the exhibition, ‘Thank You For Looking At Me’ by artist Hynek Martinec. Born in 1980 in the Czech Republic, Hynek earned the esteemed BP Young Artist Award in 2007, recognising his hyperrealistic portraits. His artwork draws inspiration from both Old Masters and photographs, creating a bridge between the past and the future by incorporating contemporary technologies.
Featured in this exhibition is an ambitious mural, complemented by a collection of Vanitas paintings.The charcoal mural draws inspiration from a 19th-century travelogue titled “Voyage en Islande et au Groenland,” authored by Paul Gaimard, a French surgeon and explorer. Hynek discovered this book while visiting the home of Icelandic friends, coincidentally around the time he initiated the “Thank You For Looking At Me” project. As a suitable conclusion to the project, Hynek found it fitting to craft this mural, drawing artistic inspiration from the contents of the book.
Photography by Benjamin Deakin