Recently artist Omar Hassan flew into London for the grand opening of his first UK solo exhibition at ContiniArtUK in Mayfair.
Hassan, a former international boxer and now successful contemporary artist performed a remarkable live installation piece at the private view, which was attended by VIP guests including Steven Berkoff, Camilla Rutherford & Alistair Guy to name a few.
Hassan, who exhibited at the Italian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, unveiled Breaking Through, the new body of work merging two diverse world s, street art with fine art.
The series is a beautifully pure and raw insight into how the artist channels his energy and portraits his story into a work of art: the street and fine artist, the boxer and the young man living with diabetes.
[Guest & Alistair Guy]
Omar Hassan performed a live Breaking Through painting during the opening of the exhibition. The artist’s new boxing-inspired technique; involves Hassan dipping his boxing gloves into an array of colourful paint pots and punching onto a large white canvas.
The piece was auctioned off in support of Diabetes UK, a charity devoted to promoting awareness and caring for those with diabetes.
The auction and after-party celebrations took place at Ristorante Frescobaldi, where guests enjoyed bruschetta with burrata and asparagus, aubergine and goats cheese, veal cheek, quinoa salad, gnocchi with wild mushroom, tuna tartare with orange, tiramisui and fruit tart accompanied by Prosecco, Pomino Biano and Frescobaldi’s bestselling Nipozzano.