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Yorkshire-born artist Harland Miller is widely recognized for his paintings that evoke the vivid compositions found across ’60s-’70s magazine covers, post-war psychology books, and more. Highlights include large-scale paintings with bold letterforms set against multi-toned backdrops. Across these works are neutral-toned sections that display a fictitious title alongside Miller’s own name as the author. “By using his own name as an author within the image, Miller opens up a third space where the artist becomes his own alter-ego,

 selected by Catherine Asquith

Image: Harland Miller, White Cube Hong Kong, 31 May – 24 August 2019 © Harland Miller. Photo © White Cube (Kitmin Lee)

NICOLAS PARTY – (Switzerland)

Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party works across a wide range of different media. Primarily known for his colour-saturated paintings and murals, he also makes painted sculptures, pastels, installations, prints and drawings, and works as a curator. Party often paints portraits and still lifes of everyday objects, which he strips of all extraneous detail. Rather than creating faithful depictions from nature, he uses these seemingly innocuous subjects as springboards for an exploration into the art of painting itself. His concerns lie, therefore, less in the accurate depiction of nature, and more in its translation and transformation through colour, materials and composition. The challenge is to capture the essence of these subjects in new and revelatory ways, and in so doing to heighten their physical and emotional resonance. Clear forms, painterly precision, a vibrant colour palette and a keen eye for composition coalesce into works that are accessible and seductive but, at the same time, continue a long-standing art-historical dialogue between representation and abstraction, and observation and the imagination. Party is also interested in the power of paint to alter our perception of the built environment and, within a gallery context, how we experience art. To this end, he regularly paints murals, either as stand-alone works or as carefully orchestrated settings for his paintings.

 selected by Alexandra Schafer


Caroline de Boissieu is a painter who uses transparent materials – such as paper or glass – to produce artworks and architectural pieces. With water, ink and pastel, she creates aquatic and aerial landscapes. The transparency of the paper allows lighting effects as well as the reflection of colors and shadows, and highlights the movement and energy of her paintings. After a couple of years of research, Caroline de Boissieu has developed a digital printing technique allowing her to transpose her paintings on glass. In collaboration with glassworkers and architects, she designs site specific pieces for buildings or interiors – panels, frontage, furniture, etc. Caroline de Boissieu lives and works in Paris, where she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Her artworks are exhibited and collected internationally, and some of her paintings are parts of the collection of the Bank of Luxembourg. She has conceived a specific work on glass for the interior design of the newly opened Hotel Mariott in Reims (2019).  

selected by Lou Anmella



Norberto “Lito” Carating is a multi-awarded painter who studied at the UP College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of the country’s foremost abstract expressionist, Jose Joya in the ’60s. His earliest renowned work was entitled “Laman-Lupa” which intrigued art critics for its “native sensibility that acknowledges local colour and folk beliefs and narratives and a deeply felt and meditative nature.” In pondering over the works of Carating, art critic Cid Reyes recalls what Hilton Kramer has written about Piet Mondrian: “In shutting out the whole realm of representational imagery as it was traditionally conceived, Mondrian transformed painting into a form of dialectic…It was an amazing creative feat, and the passage of time has served only to increase our sense of both its audacity and its fertility.” The 73-year old artist is well celebrated in over 46 years of painting, having been a recipient of prestigious awards including the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award. He has exhibited in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Cuba, Canada and the US.

selected by Jules Lambe

MAURO PINTO  (Mozambique)

Born in 1974 in Maputo, Mozambique. In the early 1990’s, Mauro Pinto studied photography at the Monitor international School in Johannesburg. During that period he did an internship with the photographer José Machado. He then moves to Maputo where he works with the Mozambique’s photojournalism pioneer Ricardo Rangel. With him he will meet the Norwegian photograph Trygve Bolstad or the Reunionese Karl Kugel. In 2002, he takes part of the exhibition “vers Matola” at the ‘Espace 1789 Saint Ouen” in Paris. In 2010 he takes part of the second edition of El d’El Ojo Salvaje, in Paraguay and becomes the first African photographer to expose there. Mauro Pinto questions the visual creation, information and the communication. His work captures the essence of the space, thanks to a clever play with the contrast that can be perceived as provocative. Nowadays, his works makes him one of the most recognized contemporary photographer in Mozambique. Mauro Pinto is currently one of the artists representing Mozambique at The 58th Venice Biennale curated by Ralph Rugoff.
Image credits: Mauro Pinto, Onde as pessoas não importam (2016), fine art photography, 80X120cm, Ed 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

 selected by Ines Valle


Alexandre Farto aka Vhils (1987, Portugal) studied at the University of the Arts in London, Central Saint Martins, and Byam Shaw Fine Art Skills and Practices. He was raised in Portugal, during a period that was deeply affected by the revolution at the time. It was then that he witnessed much destruction and the effects of the war on the walls. Vhils gained prominence when carved portrait was revealed alongside street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008. Later, Banksy’s agent, Steve Lazarides, gave him additional space to create his street art carvings. Soon after several of his works were widely published. Since 2005, he has exhibited in more than 30 countries around the world – from solo and collective exhibitions to working with communities and to collaborations with important art institutions such as the EDP Foundation (PT), Centre Pompidou (FR), Barbican Centre (UK), CAFA Art Museum (PRC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (USA).

selected by Ines Valle

Image credit
Camadas, 2018; Installation with stand up billboard pieces | Photo credit: José Pando Lucas


Originally from Excelsior, Minnesota, Erik Madigan Heck (*1983) is one of the youngest and most promising American fashion photographers of the contemporary art scene. In his relatively short career the artist developed a personal way of looking at fashion, as Nathalie Herschdorfer underlines in her essay “Minimal and pure: Erik Madigan Heck fashion photographs”. His work is characterized by a clear and distinctive treatment of colours and patterns, which makes it unequivocal. “Heck’s photographs push the concept to new limits, creating imagery that goes beyond traditional fashion photography. Meticulously constructed and enhanced with bright colours, blurring the line between the clothes and the background, his images play with this idea of future’ silhouettes”. – Nathalie Herschdorfer In 2017 Heck published his first monograph with Thames & Hudson and Abrams Books titled ‘Old Future’. In his ‘Old Future’ series Madigan Heck explores the intersection of photography and painting as he borrows from and bends the genres of fashion photography, landscape painting and portraiture.

Selected by Lou Anmella 

Photo Courtesy of the artist 


Alexandros Tzannis (born 1979 in Athens) is a Greek artist. His work has been shown at the Lulea biennial 2018, Norbotten Sweden, the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, the New Benaki Museum, Athens and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary ArtThessaloniki, Greece. Alexandros Tzannis works in a diverse array of media, with a focus for her to questioning the matters of time, patience and memory. As a process of reconsidering stereotypical images, landscapes, sunsets and seascapes, the works exhibited transmit a frozen picture of flowing elements. Presenting a new body of ceramic sculptures and three large scale drawings, the exhibition attempted to capture a summer fantasy- that of an infinite chase of happiness. Moments operating between past and future, creating a blended atmosphere where time merges, anachronistic and placeless, similar to that of Italo Calvino’s novels. “Using contradictions between high and low quality, between elegance and brutality, between the simplicity of the earth’s way of living and urbanity, my work operates a world’s kaleidoscope by making bridges and connecting ancient with modern and futuristic elements. These practices allow my work to act under the radar of cultural acrobatics. All in all, the digestion of received cultural elements allow the construction of a new artwork using the leftovers of he past.”

Selected by Anna Chatzinassiou

Photo Courtesy of the artist 


Koen Delaere does not paint in the traditional concept, but uses the matter to create physical surface. Geometric scars and form alteration stemming from frictional force between surfaces that move to precise coordinates. Delaere often uses a method that portrays mirror surfaces of the paintings at the time a piece is created. Work is reflected one against the other, creating a dynamic in his work that signifies the generation of an incompatibility between the floor and surface, including the technical continuity of the painting, its layers within that seek to undo previous layers. The violence of the movement between two paintings scales the integrity that normally characterizes an image. His approach to painting comes within reach of the performative moment of music. As in musical productions, it is in his works that one perceives a “live” performance. A spontaneity that is reflected throughout a concert. There is a randomness, an improvisation and a controlled chaos. We find traces of these elements in his paintings, as well as the freshness of a live performance. His works live on an extension of the present.

selected by Alexandra Schafer

photo courtesy of the artist


Alexandra Schafer


Alexandra Schafer

Alexandra Schafer, the driving force behind the international brand – VELVENOIR. A hospitality and marketing professional who brings her passion for contemporary art into the company. Having worked over 10 years within the field of hospitality, events, marketing and PR – she decided to build a company which not only makes contemporary art accessible at a global level but also has a personal and professional approach as part of the entire art experience. Through her entrepreneurial and hands-on approach, she has built a firm that breaks the boundaries of today´s art world and targets strategically niche industries.  To make art acquisition a personal experience and an exciting journey for her clients. Alexandra has been acquiring, curating and installing contemporary art from emerging to established career artists sourced from leading art galleries and art fairs as well as from artists to place within various residential, hospitality and commercial projects to create unique art experiences around the world together with a global network of experts, she selected and vetted to join her on the journey to transform her clients collection and spaces.

A clear understanding and passion for international collaborations have led Alexandra to partner with the best in class experts across the globe, who share the same belief and philosophy, about the power art has and how it cultivates a culture within any estate. Through her global network, she is able to bring in experts when needed but also supports her clients from the initial meeting until a bespoke communication strategy tailored to the art collection, brand as well as the estate to highlight the art investment as its own unique selling point.

Alexandra´s exposure to richly diverse cultures informs her entire approach and unique ability to translate each client´s desire to acquire contemporary art with a personal service allowed her to offer global access for her HNWI to acquire top-notch art for their private collection or project.  She gained invaluable experiences and insights throughout the last 10 years while living in London and Sydney.  Throughout the years, she worked for companies such as Four Seasons, David Jones, Merivale, HSBC, Sportsworld, The Star Sydney and many other boutique firms. Since 2014, she has been developing the brand VELVENOIR to an art concierge with three essential departments (the V Agency, The Blue Chip Brokerage and the Art Consultancy / Advisory) to ensure she can cater for any client who requires contemporary art or firms who are looking to incorporate contemporary career artist within their branding strategy.

Inês Valle

Chief Art Curator VELVENOIR

Inês Valle

Inês Valle is a transcultural curator, art consultant and writer based between London (UK) and Lagos (NIG); specializing in African and Aboriginal contemporary arts, international social engaged art practices, art and communities, and in intercultural dialogues. She is a Founder / Director of the CERA PROJECT, an itinerant art platform for art that falls outside of Eurocentric and Western narratives, which encourages critical engagement with contemporary global issues, fosters conversation between artists, curators, writers, scientists and collectors.

Valle holds a BA in Visual Arts and a MA in Curatorial Studies both at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. She has collaborated with art organizations across the world, including in Argentina, Australia, Congo, France, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palestine, Portugal, Rwanda, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Currently, she is working on a major museum exhibition of the Argentinian artist Marcelo Brodsky at Berardo Museum in Portugal, as well as to the first edition of FRAT– the first Art and Technology Festival in West Africa, that she co-founded with the HFactor Collective in Nigeria.

Inês Valle supports our VELVENOIR AFRICA/AUSTRALIA advisors with various residential, hospitality and commercial projects with her curatorial expertise and know-how as well as supports our clients with our VELVENOIR services throughout the entire development process.


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