Artist Dan Syrett is pioneering the return of aestheticism in contemporary art.
Started by artist SYRETT – a textile designer-turned fashion stylist – Beautalism is a new art movement with its foundations firmly in fashion.
A true Gen-Xer, SYRETT’s successfully chequered career spans fashion design, fashion styling, DJ-ing and running one of the UK’s coolest clubs in the 90s (Icon in Liverpool).
14 years ago SYRETT returned to his first love, art, opening the Workhouse Gallery – a contemporary modern gallery, showing works by Mr Jago, Joe Webb, Swoon, Dan Cimmerman, Sara Pope, Trafford Parsons, Famous when Dead, TONE and, of course, his own pieces.
SYRETT closed the gallery six years ago due to ill health, but in 2016 returned to painting, under his own name, creating his current body of work using nail varnish as his medium.
After working with and meeting other artists with connections to fashion, SYRETT decided to start the Runway Gallery, an art gallery with a fashion focus, gathering the works of artists, that appealed to him aesthetically and by its quality and individuality.
Artist: Alexandra Gallagher.
Following a pop up show at Leeds Trinity Centre, a theme emerged. ‘It was the first time I’d seen all of the art together and had any interaction with the visitors about it,’ says SYRETT. ‘People were talking about which pieces they liked and why – and the one word that stuck out was that they thought the work was beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it can be taken in so many directions.’
Artist: Jake Mosher.
Made up of a group of artists who stand as the antithesis of the urban, East London art movement, the creations of the Beautalists are far from gritty. The art ranges from the traditional to the obscure, but one thing they all have in common is a drive to elevate art by returning to beauty.
As well as an online gallery, The Runway Gallery curates the art and hosts regular exhibitions and ‘Soho Salon Supper clubs’ at Blacks, the legendary Soho members club.
Find out more about the Soho Salon Supper Clubs here.