December 6, 2015

Fly Me to London: Asian Art Exhibition at Dorsett Shepherds Bush

Asian Art Exhibition by Matthias Dathe and Jared Fitzgerald

While we were visiting London recently, it was also the month for Asian Art in London. London galleries are featuring some of the World’s Greatest Asian Art. Since Dorsett Shepherds Bush pride themselves on their Asian roots, the hotel has set an Asian Art Experience package with Asian Art in London to let hotel guests embark on an exclusive one-off art tour while staying at the hotel.

Through the Asian Art Experience package, art aficionados get to experience Dorsett Shepherds Bush beautiful accommodation as well as enjoy breakfast and a delectable afternoon tea at Jin Bar. Then they are taken on a tour of London galleries led by specialist Kerr McIlwraith of Asian Art in London. Highlights of the tour included visits to Gregg Baker Asian Art, Jorge Welsh Gallery, Marchant Asian Art and Fleurdelys, providing the opportunity for guests to appreciate and learn about Asian art under the expert guidance of Asian Art in London.

Guests were also able to enjoy the Asian Art pop up exhibition that took place at Jin Bar at the hotel from Nov 5 to Nov 14 showcasing two talented artist – Matthias Dathe and Jared Fitzgerald and their Asian Art creations.

Matthias Dathe

Showcasing his forte in fine Asian jewelry, German born Matthias brings forth his talent from his travels to Asia and living in Hong Kong. Inspired by his passion and love for Chinese Jade Art Crafts and the Art of Asian Jewelry design, his pieces marries East meets West where he creates his masterpieces from antique jade, stones and silver as well. He is a self-taught jeweler. When asked why Asian in his jewelry design, Matthias replies that Asian art originates from nature. He is intrigue with the symbols and patterns that evoke strong confidence and conveys stories to everyone.

His creations are truly unique, with pieces that he hunts his material for years before he turns them into this creations. Each piece is one-of-its-kind. His jade collection is gorgeously intricate with links to creatures from Asian Mythology. His silver collections also links to the Asian art and mythology but evokes modern and clean designs. From rings, necklace, bracelets to belts and cufflinks, his pieces command attention with their front and back designs. His objectives is simple, to let the wearer feel confident and sexy when wearing his pieces. His first exhibition was in Berlin, followed by smaller private showcase in Hong Kong and now London.

White Dragon Disc Necklace

Dragon on Swirl Disc Necklace

Nephrite Disc Necklace

Panther on Disc Necklace

The Four Face Beast Pendant

White Dragon Bracelet

The Japanese Garden Belt - antique japanese sword guard buckle tsuba brass with silver inlays, framed in silver on red leather belt with snake skin pattern

Jared Fitzgerald

His art is contemporary Chinese ceramic art. His work amalgamates East and West traditions, using traditional Chinese materials as well as art to convey a contemporary narrative. Jared’s pieces has been featured in solo as well as various group exhibitions in United States, China and now Britain.

Born in Seattle, USA, with an education in Fine Arts and Classical Archaeology from the University of Washington, he has created some of the most interesting Asian Art pieces from classical ink painting to glazed ceramics. The founding director of FitzGerald Fine Arts, he has established an unprecedented international platform for contemporary and modern Chinese ceramics. He produces all his pieces in Beijing and the southern town of Jing de Zhen.

Three Mountains, 2013

Plants Growing, 2014

A Night of Appreciation of Asian Art Exhibition

A Night of Appreciation for the Asian Art Exhibition was held on 11 Nov, hosted by Philip Schaetz, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing of Dorsett Hospitality International and Hilary Cross, General Manager of Dorsett Shepherds Bush. Honorary guests and members of the media were invited to be up close and personal with Matthias Dathe with his first showcase at Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London. Held at the Jin Bar, many were seen examining and admiring the pieces from Matthias and Jared while sipping Jin Bar’s signature cocktails.

58 Shepherds Bush Green,
London W12 8QE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 203 262 1026

Dorsett Shepherds Bush Awards
Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner by TripAdvisor
Hammersmith Society Environment Award – June 2015
Schueco Design Excellence Award – June 2015
Architect’s Journal Retrofit Hotel Award – September 2015
Best New Business by Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards – November 2015          
Hospitality Business of the Year 2015 by West London Business Awards – December 2015

This trip was made possible by Malaysia Airlines, UK Visit Britain and Dorsett Shepherds Bush London. All stories and comments in my posts are purely derived from my own experiences through the trip.

*Look out for more posts coming on UK Visit Britain sites!

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