Walton Street is located in Central London’s Knightsbridge district and is well known for its boutiques and restaurants. However, that’s not all you’ll find on this fine looking street. Andipa Gallery has been located on Walton Street for decades.
The Andipa Gallery is a well-established modern and contemporary gallery, specialising in paintings, drawings, sculptures and rare and signed prints. The calibre of artists on show at the Andipa Gallery is very impressive, featuring big names such as Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Hockney, Hirst and Banksy. The gallery’s collection is ever changing due to the nature of their temporary exhibitions.
While the Andipa Gallery is fairly recent when compared to other leading art galleries in London, it is a family run business with a history that stretches back through generations. The Andipa family have been recognised as collectors and dealers in Venice since 1593, although family origins lie in Cephalonia, Greece.
It was Maria Andipa who founded the Andipa Gallery in 1969. Maria was born in 1928 and had a colourful career. She was an actress and director and starred in the James Bond film ‘From Russia with Love,’ as the gypsy queen.
Maria’s son, Acoris Andipa, is now the Owner and Director of the gallery, sharing his mother’s passion for modern and contemporary art. Acoris has a particular interest in the work of Banksy, despite stumbling on the street artist much later than he would have liked. His interest in Banksy explains why his work is displayed alongside other renowned artists that are considered ‘upper class’.
Acoris was in awe at Banksy’s famous shredder stunt in 2018. The world’s most famous street artist manage to shred — or rather half shred — one of his iconic “Girl With Balloon” paintings moments after it had sold for $1.4 million at auction. Acoris described the stunt as “spectacularly staged,” and continues to speculate along with the rest of the art world as to how Banksy pulled it off.
Acoris and The Andipa Gallery take pride in sourcing the very best modern and contemporary art for private collectors. The gallery remains a highly regarded symbol of culture in Knightsbridge.
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