On perusing Thames & Hudson's glossy new art publication, we saw a familiar name.
About a hundred years ago, as part of our Rolling Maul series at the NG gallery, we presented a show by a certain André Hemer. Combining painting (a particularly fine example we subsequently purchased for the collection) with a range of secondary outputs, Hemer considered how the popularity of Rita Angus's famous painting, and the fact that it has been replicated by artists, amateur photographers and even cake makers, affects how we see it: whether that fame and ubiquity dilute or amplify its significance.
Since then, we've followed André's career with interest, so it was terrific to see that not only is he included as one of Thames & Hudson's '100 painters of Tomorrow', but that one of his works, New Smart Object #64, was selected to grace the cover. We're not quite sure what a painter of tomorrow does today, but an artist as talented as André will no doubt find plenty to occupy himself with in both the present and the future.