Ceramicist Hitomi Hisono, inaugural #PJArtsSalon prize winner, launches her first solo exhibition at The Chambers Club, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London
Arts Salons originated in Paris in 1735, when France’s Louis XV commissioned the first champagne paintings “The Oyster Lunch” by Jean-Francois de Troy and “The Ham Lunch” by Nicolas Lancret to console himself after the death of his favourite mistress Madame de Pompadour. Whether depicted in scenes of lively court festivities, or luxurious still life, champagne has naturally inspired painters, eager to express the tastes of their patrons ever since. The life and times of the world’s most famous wine has been a frequent and popular motif in art, celebrated by Manet, Picasso, Cezanne, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec and Roy Lichtenstein to name but a few.
Today leading champagne producers still align their brands with the art world through individual patronage – Champagne Bruno Paillard works with a different artist to express each individual vintage of his champagne. Champagne Taittinger and Pommery both commission and champion the work of artists and then reveal them to an appreciative public.
However in January 2013 Champagne Perrier Jouet decided to evolve the art of champagne by founding a new type of Arts Salon bringing together a diverse group of the Arts foremost influencers who meet up twice a year to share ideas, increase knowledge through conversation and debate on developments in the Arts world. The Perrier Jouet Arts Salon also supports the development of emerging artists through its annual Arts Salon Prize. Selected from a shortlist of twelve candidates, nominated by Arts Salon members for their fulfillment of the criteria to evoke a contemporary interpretation of the Art Nouveau spirit of the house, the winner of the inaugural Perrier Jouet Arts Salon 2013 prize is London-based ceramicist Hitomo Hosono, who studied Kutani Pottery in Japan as well as product design in Denmark before graduating from the Royal College of Art, London in 2009 with an MA in Ceramics and Glass.
Inspired by the natural beauty of plants and flowers, Hosono’s captivating and intricate creations draw upon botanical shapes that she studies in her garden, and recollects from memories of nature during her childhood in Japan. She already has pieces in the public collections of the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum but this is her first solo exhibition. “It is a true honour to receive the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize, which will allow me to engage with new and inspiring experiences, and enable me to pursue creative challenges within my craft,” said Hosono at her exhibition launch on Monday 24 June at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Chambers Club.
In addition to her solo exhibition at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Chambers Club, Hosono will also receive considerable career development support including an all expenses paid trip to visit the largest private collection of Art Nouveau works in Europe (at the Perrier-Jouet Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay) and an all expenses paid trip to the world’s foremost design fair Design Miami December 2013 (Perrier-Jouet is the official champagne sponsor) plus a GBP 10,000 cash prize towards her craft.
Usually reserved for VIP guests of the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, the ultra exclusive recently refurbished Chambers Club will also open up to members of the public upon request from 25 June to 4 August 2013. Guests visiting the exhibition will be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut as they admire Hosono’s work. For details of how to register to visit Hitomi Hosono’s exhibition please contact Alex Wilson, Campbell-Bell Communications: email@example.com + 44 (0)207 731 1499.
Note The thirteen inaugural members of Perrier-Jouet Arts Salon are:
Peter Aspden (Arts Writer, Financial Times), Tord Boontje (Artist), Claire Brewster (Artist), Louisa Buck (Arts Writer, The Art Newspaper), Tony Chambers (Editor, Wallpaper Magazine), Claire Coles (Artist), Nancy Durrant (Arts Writer, The Times), Nicole Farhi (Fashion Designer), Rosy Greenlees (Executive Director, The Arts Council), Harry Handelsman (Art Collector), Stephen Jones (Milliner), Kate MccGwire (Artist), Julia Royse (Curator and Art Advisor).