Brian Balfour-Oatts

Art Dealer and Writer in London, United Kingdom

Brian Balfour-Oatts

Art Dealer and Writer in London, United Kingdom

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Born and educated in Scotland in 1966, I left Scotland to seek and take up a position at Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, aged 18.

In 1988 I went on to join Mayfair Fine Art as curator and gallery manager, specializing in Impressionist and Modern paintings. In 1991, I founded Archeus Fine Art at 65 New Bond Street in London (1991–2000), focusing largely on German Expressionism.

During the late 1990s I studied Modern British Art, which I exhibited alongside German Expressionist paintings and woodcuts, placing works in public collections such as the Moritzburg Museum, Halle, Germany and the National Portrait Gallery, London, amongst others.

Archeus Fine Art moved to 3 Albemarle Street, London (2000–2008) and embarked upon a programme of Modern British and International contemporary art, curated by myself. Notable exhibitions included the first commercial one-man show of Dan Flavin’s work to have been held in London, Nothing As Full As The Air, in 2005. Also in 2005, I curated a comprehensive exhibition of William Scott’s graphic work and published William Scott: A Survey of His Original Prints [ISBN 0-9549418-0-2], which has become the standard reference work and de facto catalogue raisonné of William Scott’s printed works.

I presently curate and deal for ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, handling significant secondary market works by Sam Francis, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha and Zero Group artists.

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