Henry George Gallery – curating today the investment collections of the future...


The Henry George seeks out the freshest, new talent that’s worth investing in today, to curate investment collections of the future.  So whether you’re a start-out collector looking to fall in love with an artwork and curate a unique home collection; or a serious investor - looking for future return when you buy an artwork; this bespoke boutique gallery wants to build a relationship with you.

Says, curator Darryl Gray, “We hunt down signature artists from all over the country, whose work and personal stories resonate authenticity and break new ground - aesthetically and conceptually. Then curate intimate and exciting showings of this work; aligned to themes that tap into the current zeitgeist. We’re not about intimidating art exhibitions, with inaccessible messages. Instead we allow artists a niché platform - in a pristine boutique setting (a renovated house in Parkhurst) - to show work that reveals their dreams, fears and longings. 

“It’s an exciting time for art in South Africa, as so many artists are depicting what they see/feel and presenting a unique perspective, at a tough time in South Africa’s and global history.” Says co-curator, Mandy Walker.

 “In 2014, The Wall Street Journal cited Johannesburg (along with Bogotá, Budapest and Seoul) as one of “Four Emerging Art Cities You Should Know”. And we’re serious about playing an important role in building the art offering in Jo’burg, by connecting the local community, and international buyers visiting South Africa, to this fresh new work.
“It’s no secret that right now art is being considered afresh by many ultra-rich and wealthy individuals as investment-worthy. And a sound way to diversify one’s asset portfolio.  Or that work from famous South African artists like Irma Stern, is fetching record prices overseas - with auctions houses like Bonhams in London, now holding an international auction of South African art, every quarter,” Darryl continues.

Also indicative of the fact that now is probably a great time to invest in art from South Africa is that The Everard Read Gallery recently opened a branch in London. Also, the current exchange rate and burgeoning tourism industry should help pave the reputation of a secondary and tertiary set of South African artists abroad. Like artist William Kentridge, for example, (only ten years ago his work sold for tens of thousands less than it does today) these artists could well be set to make names for themselves in the future. 

 This is where small, driven galleries like Henry George and buyers who’re clever enough to spot their talent, come in.  “Galleries like ours are key to building the reputations of this second and third wave of artists, and to finding buyers driven by passion and the intuition to invest in them, early on in their careers.

And, unlike some of the larger galleries, we aren’t locked into a line-up of exhibitions, planned two years in advance. We source hot-off-the-press work according to what buyers don’t yet know, they want.” Says Darryl. “And, for those who prefer to invest in very established artists, we also rotate works from well-known names and have many on offer in our permanent collection.”

Visit www.henrygeorgegallery.co.za  or search henrygeorgegallery on Facebook; to keep abreast of art showings, life-style events & workshops at the gallery. 

Whilst new work is exhibited monthly, the next themed, curated show, begins in May, “Prints & Princesses” – a collaborative showing of limited edition, fine art prints by exciting upcoming artists – sourced from Artists Proof Studio and The BAT Centre – &  photographic prints paired with narrative, from the travels of select, local photographers/filmmakers. 

 The gallery also inspires and develops creativity and sustainable life-skills, for the immediate community through offering relevant creative workshops . It’s also the best-kept secret, bespoke events-venue around - offering anyone looking to host a unique themed dinner party a completely elegant, trendy setting for the evening, complete with chef and bespoke menu, surrounded by discussion worthy art.

“Above all – it’s our business to know exactly what’s happening on the art scene, locally and internationally – so we can offer our clients, near and far, the best investment advice. – See our online art shop at www.henrygeorge.co.za to get a taste of what we can offer. We care as much for the artists on our books as we do for their art works. We treat these with the greatest care – from finding the right frame to getting it to its new home safely.” Adds Darryl.

If you want to keep your pulse on art from South Africa, sign up as a Friend of the Henry George at www.henrygeorge.co.za and keep an eye the gallery’s blog lovejoburgart.wordpress.com.