Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The New Andy Warhol

A private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea

 

Described as “the new Andy Warhol” by the actor Michael Caine, acclaimed artist Lincoln Townley’s works were displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea on Wednesday 19th October. To welcome the exhibition, a party was held to mark the occasion and it was a rare thing – a truly genuine happening.

 

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
One of Lincoln Townley’s paintings

 

A select group of readers of The Steeple Times were kindly invited by Laurenzo Mefsut of Trace ART and amongst them were fashion gurus Rocky Mazzilli and his mother Louise Michielsens, art curator Chrissy Cant, financiers Michael Clark and James Moon and newly engaged PR gurus Stuart Leach and Marianne van Pelt.

 

Others present included Townley’s actress wife, Denise Welch, as well as the Britain’s Got Talent contestant Nick Celino, the former WAG Lizzie Cundy and the socialite and event organiser Philip Sallon.

 

Of the works, Mr Mefsut commented:

 

“Townley’s style in oil, acrylic, and gilding is bold and modern, inspired by the psychedelia and grotesquerie of Francis Bacon and the street life of Soho. His satirical canvases send up the misplaced seriousness with which modern life sees itself, exposing the dark underbelly of finance, sex, and the concept of luxury itself”.

 

Works offered are priced from £50,000 for limited edition prints and quickly rise to £250,000 for original paintings.

 

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
The exhibition was held on the ground floor of the Saatchi Gallery

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Writer, art critic, and a former personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono Anthony Fawcett with Trace ART’s Laurenzo Mefsut

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Actress Denise Welch smiles proudly next to her former strip club promoter turned artist husband Lincoln Townley

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Michael Caine was undoubtedly the most famous man in the room

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Philip Sallon plainly said something that shocked this lady

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Rocky Mazzilli and Louise Michielsens were on especially good form

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Michael Clark and Ekaterina Fields with a work by Lincoln Townley

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Alexandra Naylor, Ailsa Moon and James Moon next to a work by Lincoln Townley

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Michael Clark, Denise Welch, Rocky Mazzilli and Baldassare La Rizza

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Former WAG Lizzie Cundy

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Rocky Mazzilli, Michael Clark, Alexandra Naylor, Louise Michielsens and Eve Ferret

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Former “Coronation Street” actress Sally Lindsay and her drummer husband Steve White

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
PR gurus Stuart Leach and Marianne van Pelt

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant Nick Celino enthusiastically talked about his new record, “Out Of My Mind”

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
This guest chose to indulge in taking selfies

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Whilst Philip Salloon kept himself busy on his mobile device

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Though interior decorator Baldassare La Rizza was a late arrival, he found time to be photographed with Rocky Mazzilli and Matthew Steeples

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
This guest was keen to show off her glistening teeth

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Photographer Axel Bernstorff remarked that he’d “enjoyed meeting many new people”

The New Andy Warhol – Private view of the works of Lincoln Townley at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, SW3 on Wednesday 19th October 2016
Marianne van Pelt, Rocky Mazzilli, Stuart Leach, Louise Michielsens and Philip Sallon

 

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