James Butterwick began collecting and selling Russian art in 1985, and has since established himself as one of the world’s leading experts in the field. During the 1990s he lived in Moscow, becoming the only foreign member of the Russian Society of Private Collectors. Now based in the UK, James assembles collections, takes part in museum exhibitions and art fairs, and delivers lectures on Russian art across the UK and globally.
Yevgeny Petrov, born in 1972, Is one of Europe’s’ most accomplished watercolourists. Though rarely used as a medium by contemporary artists, Petrov proves himself the master even in a classical, traditional style. The size of his works is monumental, their accuracy astonishing. However, the technique is less important than the subject matter, observations of life, of social phenomena in his native Odessa.
Yakov Chernikhov (1889-1951), the ‘architect- composer’, believed that art could free the most limited of minds – we hope that this exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the breadth of talent of this artist.
Alexander Bogomazov is an artist of revolutionary ideas and unique style. James Butterwick examines the legacy of the genius who many consider the national artist of the Ukraine and how his work is finally moving into the light. “Painting is creating a work of art using expressive means inherent in that art, so that each time, the aesthetic excitement, emotion, is translated into certain elements”, Alexander Bogomazov
Questions over the authenticity of Russian avant-garde art have plagued the market for decades. James Butterwick gives interview to The Arts Newspaper about “Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations”. The exhibition running until 3 January 2021, delves into the process of authenticating 49 paintings in the museum’s collection, amassed by its founders.
We are a private, by-invitation-only gallery situated in the heart of Mayfair with a stock of pictures by late-19th, early-20th century Russian and Ukrainian artists - we also provide a full authentication service of any work of the Russian Avant-Garde. In addition, we sell items by Western Masters and Soviet non-conformists.
British art dealer, gallery owner and collector James Butterwick played a decisive role in both exposing the fake exhibition Russian Avant-Garde from Cubo-Futurism to Suprematism, held in Mantua in 2013-2014, and in debunking the dubious avant-garde from the Igor and Olga collection Toporovskikh.