Stalked: Richard Grindy, Founder & Director, Rook & Raven Gallery
14 January 2014
There are loads of galleries in London, but only a few that are really exciting to follow. One that comes to mind is Rook & Raven in Fitzrovia. I stumbled across this gallery a year ago when they were showing exhibitions such as Lionel Smit and most recently Billy Zane who I had the pleasure of stalking.
Finally I pinned down the very stylish Director of the gallery to talk about his style and what he loves about the art world and London.
Why did you decide to start the gallery?
The idea of launching the gallery grew naturally from the online art consultancy that my business partner and I set up when we were both looking for career changes. I had originally worked in the music industry and through this found myself working with artists. Our first gallery was on the KIng's Road and as we outgrew that space we looked for a larger venue and here we are now in Fitzrovia.
What's the best part of your job?
It's great to work with hugely creative people, such as artists, whilst watching them grow, along with being able to help them bring their ideas and concepts to fruition. It's also a real treat having the chance to visit their studios and see how the works develop in the lead up to a show.
Most exciting artist of the moment?
The portrait artist Lionel Smit has had some fantastic large scale shows and strong auction results recently. He also won the Vistors' Choice Award at The National Portrait Gallery last year, so is definitely one to watch. We will be hosting his largest solo show to date at the gallery in March.
How would you describe your personal style?
When I worked in the music industry I was always dressed very casually. I think I went for 5 years without wearing anything but Converse and a leather jacket! Working in the Fine Art world I need to be smart, but with a contemporary twist - I particularly like using pocket squares for a touch of colour.
Who is your favourite menswear designer? Favourite brand?
Most of my wardrobe comes from a brand called Drakes on Clifford St, as I know the owner well. They have some of the most beautiful cashmere jackets and their shirts happen to fit me perfectly! They are also considered to be one of the world's best tie makers, all of which are produced in London, so I have a fair few of those in my collection too. I do also love Alexander McQueen and often find myself popping into their menswear store on Savile Row. I've recently discovered Justin Deakin who produces fantastic handmade shoes with a contemporary twist. His brogues are a particular favourite of mine.
Favourite restaurant in London?
Spuntino in Soho!
Five items you can't live without?
1) Vintage Fender Stratocaster Guitar
2) Fender Blues Delux Amp
3) iPad to read the newspaper on during my commute to work
4) My watch
5) My Drakes cashmere cardigan (for lazying around on Sundays)
STALK THE STALKER ON