Monday, 29 June 2009


There are delicious small unknown art collections throughout London, and one of them is owned by Kay Saatchi. Kay really has an interesting eye, fun and colourful and full of enthusiasm. Together with Charles her ex husband, she helped curate and hang roughly thirty shows, at the Saatchi Gallery. It was this ex- golden couple who both introduced me to the art of collecting.
Kay said never buy anything that you don't really have a crush on, and so I have followed her advice when I found something I like. Her charming house is in a small side street in London, white palladium style with masses of character, beautifully decorated in eau de nil and champagne. I love her foxgloves in the bathroom and a pair of stunning oval mirrors. Kay is voluptuous in every way, a blonde of uncertain age, who came from Little Rock Arkansas and married one of the most prominent men in the art world, Charles Saatchi.

Kay now curates her own exhibitions and has been associated with Selfridges. She did two major shows of emerging artists calling the shows "ANTICIPATION" hoping that these young artists would be the Damian Hirsts of the future.

I arrive and she eagerly shows me her perfectly formed Dahlias, show standard, on her front terrace. In pinks deep fuschia they look stunning. As you enter you see one zany piece after another, my favourite is the Ron Mueck 'big baby' on the Piano in the drawing room. The floor in the kitchen is painted with a Damien Hirst copy of a spot painting. Her house is an exciting mix of paintings, a portrait of what looks like one of her friends and a Paula Rego, painting. Together they are hung with her own romantic black and white photographs, that she took herself of her daughter Phoebe. Warhols, Freud all hang, together with enchanting small works by her new discoveries. She is running out of wall space fast, so expect her house to be for sale.

Kay is a true homemaker what a lovely way to spend a Friday Night she is not an Aunt to the Art World but a Sister.
There is an exhibition of artists being shown at Selfridges from tomorrow. Tracey Emin, Kevin Spacey and Anita Zablodowiscz have also nominated an artist each. Kay's choice was an artist she recently discovered called Bouke de Vries, I can't wait, it opens to the public tomorrow for two weeks in the Wonder Room at Selfridges.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi Amanda

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