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.
Explore our collection of sensational Avant-Garde works on paper in gouache and/or Indian ink by Yakov Chernikhov, dubbed the ‘Soviet Piranesi’ on account of his powerful architectural visions. This drawing was one of 39 sensational artworks in our exhibition “Yakov Chernikhov. The Soviet Piranesi” at TEFAF 2020 in Maastricht. All the artworks are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist’s grandson.
Ivan Turetsky is a colourful representative of contemporary Ukrainian art, a manifestation of a creative mind and national identity. Almost all of his last paintings depict the “beginning of infinity”, which reveal the common features of the Ukrainian millennia in art. The play of light in his paintings is philosophical and also the fruit of his personal evolution. Each of his new compositions is an emanation of a new light stream with its “uncontrolled” effects of optics.
We are delighted to announce the sale of Alexander Bogomazov’s dynamic 1916 “Self Portrait” to the Kröller-Müller Museum. By 1916, Bogomazov had reached the apogee of his creative genius, and this “Self Portrait”, drawn whilst the artist was teaching in Gerusiya in Armenia, is a vivid example of the powerful and vibrant style for which he has become famous. “Self Portrait” joins six other works by Bogomazov in the magnificent Kröller Müller Museum.
“Peter’s Painting,” a short documentary from the Brooklyn-based production company Rota6 Films, features our own James Butterwick. Peter Guppy, the owner of Prosperity Hardware, in Brooklyn, USA came to be the owner of a painting with a murky provenance, one that he thought could be the work of a Russian master, Kazimir Malevich, the Kyiv-born avant-garde artist who was a pioneer of abstract art in the early twentieth century.
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.
A tireless campaigner against the faking of the Russian Avant Garde, James has delivered lectures in museums and institutions both nationally and internationally. As the world adjusts to the new now, we are exploring a range of new formats. Yesterday James gave his first lecture via Zoom to The Arts Society members in Scotland, the experience that was throughly enjoyed by both the audience and the speaker.