For one night only, Timothy Oulton’s flagship at Bluebird, Chelsea, hosted a private viewing of modern art. In partnership with leading art gallery Tanya Baxter Contemporary, coveted pieces from artists including Banksy, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn were showcased in the creative wonderland of the Timothy Oulton gallery.

 

Since opening one year ago, our flagship has hosted regular events in collaboration with an eclectic assortment of luxury lifestyle brands. This special art exhibition was exclusively presented for readers of Hedge magazine, a beautifully-designed bimonthly which offers the best in luxury lifestyle coupled with intelligent commentary on the hedge fund industry.

 

Around 70 people from the worlds of investment and wealth management gathered at Bluebird, with some encountering Timothy Oulton for the first time. Hosts in vintage bowties and bowler hats served Chapel Down wine alongside whiskey sour cocktails at our military-inspired Marshal Bar as the crowd enjoyed canapés. Performing in front of Tim Oulton’s personally curated collection of vintage Louis Vuitton and Goyard trunks, our guest DJ was accompanied by an electric violinist, prompting enthusiastic guests to join in and try their hand at the violin.

 

The energetic atmosphere gave way to calm and tranquillity over in the Noble Souls gallery, where guests were invited in small groups to view the artwork adorning the walls for the evening. The Noble Souls collection provided a quiet backdrop of simple, natural materials and the softest, slouchiest linen sofas coloured using only natural vegetable dyes.

 

The art was presented by Tanya Baxter from Tanya Baxter Contemporary, and forms part of the Modern British Collection exhibition at the Saatchi gallery. Based in both London and Hong Kong, Tanya Baxter Contemporary has over twenty years’ experience working in the Post-Modern, Modern British and Contemporary art markets.

 

One of the most exceptional pieces on display was Love Hurts by Banksy, priced at £300,000. Love Hurts is a highly coveted artist proof print that was only released to VIP friends of the artist and has never been made available to the public. The print shows a wayward and damaged heart-shaped balloon rising above a barbed wire fence. It distils a complex scenario into a simple proverb: love can be a very painful experience, but a hopeful heart has the potential to be set free.

 

The rest of the gallery remained abuzz with the hum of conversation. Our Apollo space lounge garnered much fascination, with a constant flow of people climbing aboard to enjoy a drink in the luxurious leather-clad interior.  Before the evening drew to a close, one lucky guest’s name was drawn from a bowler hat and announced the winner of a Westminster sofa – our classic buttoned-up Chesterfield design.

 

For one night, the worlds of finance and creativity had merged to offer guests not only a great chance to network, but to immerse them in a memorable experience rooted in the old-fashioned art of hospitality.

 

Timothy Oulton hosts regular events throughout the year. If you’re interested in joining the guest list, please contact your nearest gallery.