JGM Gallery was founded in London in 2017 by Australian born, Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi, a leading specialist in Australian Indigenous art with over 20 years experience in this field. Jennifer has established a solid reputation as being the "go to" source for the most distinguished Australian contemporary Aboriginal art in the United Kingdom. Today, JGM Gallery, has a broader platform as an important exhibition platform for enriching contemporary art, exhibiting Australian Indigenous Art of exceptional quality alongside the work of very significant contemporary British and international artists.
Founding JGM Gallery was a natural progression, following her successful years as a private Aboriginal art dealer, exhibiting regularly at Masterpiece London, Galleria Gracis Milan, The Saatchi Galllery London, Lapada, Berkeley Square as well as numerous art fairs in USA. This fundamentally enabled Jennifer to establish a broad group of clients and collectors worldwide. A lifetime passion for contemporary art and in particular, Aboriginal art of Australia's first people, was a natural progression for Jennifer to develop a rigorous exhibition agenda at JGM Gallery, establishing a solid awareness among collectors, including young clients, about the undisputed greatness of the Art of Australian Aboriginal people, described by the late art critic, Robert Hughes as "the greatest art movement of our times".
JGM Gallery continues to build on Jennifer's expertise to enable a broader perspective and understanding of this extraordinary art movement. Jennifer additionally broadened the remit of the gallery, assisted by her expert group of staff members, artists and advisors, to develop a varied exhibition platform for contemporary art, irrespective of origin. Works by significant Aboriginal artists are periodically curated alongside early and mid career artists from the UK and worldwide.
The gallery, 24 Howie Street SW11, is across Battersea Bridge, only minutes from Chelsea, located in the centre of the new primary campus of The Royal College of Art, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, putting us at the epicentre of the cultural heart of Battersea, with close neighbours, Vivienne Westwood Studios, Foster & Partners, and the Battersea Power Station.
JGM Gallery encompasses an annual programme of solo and group exhibitions, including solo representations of British artists Dominic Beattie, Alice Wilson, Ralph Anderson Juan Bolivar, as well as showing work by acclaimed Aboriginal Australian artists including Mirdidinkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Nyarapayi Giles, Bob Gibson Nungarray, Nawurapu Wununmurra, Manini Gumana, Rammay Ramsay, the late Freddie Timms and Mr R Peters. JGM Gallery work with registered Aboriginal Art Centres and only exhibit and sell works of art with correct provenance.
JGM GALLERY DIRECTOR, JENNIFER GUERRINI MARALDIA BRIEF HISTORY
Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi (nee Heathcote) was born in Melbourne, Australia. During the 1970's she was the owner and director of Powell Street Gallery located in fashionable area of South Yarra, Melbourne. The gallery was recognised of one of the leading contemporary galleries in Australia.
Jennifer established a solid reputation for Powell Street Gallery and through many successful years, she placed exhibiting artists' works in important private and public collections including the Collection of The National Gallery of Australia. She was appointed by the Australian Government as a valuation specialist for contemporary Australian artwork relating to the Taxation Deduction scheme during the 70's.
Jennifer moved to London in 1979 and worked in the fashion industry before joining Country Life Magazine as part the exciting editorial team for fifteen years. Always an avid art collector, she and her husband developed their contemporary collection together, with a special interest in the work of Indigenous Australian artists.
In 2005 Jennifer followed her passion and JGM ART was launched, bringing the top Indigenous Australian artwork to the UK. After several years of exhibiting Aboriginal art in their contemporary London penthouse apartment space, and showing at numerous art fairs including Masterpiece London, JGM Gallery was subsequently established in 2017.
Today, JGM Gallery's rigorous annual exhibition schedule includes the work of some of the most interesting, contemporary British artists as well as the finest contemporary work by Australian Aboriginal artists. At JGM Gallery, Jennifer and her team offer collection advice and management to private and corporate collectors, as well as valuations for individual artworks and art collections.
We offer specialist art transport and installation services and collection insurance for JGM Gallery clients.
Aboriginal Art: Ethics and Provenance
JGM Gallery works with Indigenous Australian artists and artworks from Aboriginal owned art centres and commits to ethical trade in Aboriginal art, supporting economic development in remote communities. JGM Gallery is a member of the Indigenous Art Code and the AAAA.
Director, Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi has worked directly with Aboriginal art centres for 20 years and was previously the owner and director of Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne. JGM Gallery regularly includes curated exhibitions that allow art collectors to enjoy the work from established artists and learn about new and upcoming names in Aboriginal art.
When selecting a work of art, it is important to ensure the artists are working from their many traditional knowledge sources that fundamentally provide the inspiration for their art practice. JGM Gallery maintains beneficial relationships with art centres to provide correct provenance and documentation relating to Indigenous artists' works. Aboriginal art centres play an important social role for artists and their extended families, ensuring security and wellbeing in all aspects of daily life and stability in their ability to undertake important custodial duties.
JGM Gallery is a member of The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, which serves and represents artists, individuals and organisations that produce, promote, protect or support Aboriginal art and the cultures that create and nurture that art.
We ensure the work is authentic, properly documented, define the provenance of the work and determine where and how it was made, and how it has come onto the market.
All our artwork comes from reputable sources, and we subscribe to the AAAA's Code of Ethics.
We consider an artists reputation and profile, and how the artworks compare in quality with other works by the same artist.
JGM Gallery is a member of the Indigenous Art Code.
The purpose of the Code is to establish standards for dealings between Dealers and Artists to ensure:
(a) fair and ethical trade in Artwork;
(b) transparency in the process of promotion and sale of Artwork; and
(c) that disputes arising under the Code are dealt with efficiently and fairly.
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