Kings of Chelsea

Introducing the Man Behind Our New Art Installation

We have a spectacular new addition to our showroom – ‘Dancing Blocks’ 2019, a series of 12 framed collages by London based artist Hormazd Narielwalla.

The meticulously constructed collages of London-based artist Hormazd Narielwalla are sites of tense alignments between opposing forces where order meets disorder, stillness meets movement, and colour meets the monochrome. His process of appropriating long discarded, vintage sewing patterns and applying to them collaged forms of coloured handmade papers resuscitates arcane maps of the human body into startling abstract rhythms of positive and negative spaces.

His career as an artist began during his Masters in Fashion Design, which led him to research bespoke tailoring at the atelier of Dege and Skinner, London, one of the oldest firms on Savile Row. During this time he learnt that the tailor would shred the patterns of customers who had passed away. This had a profound effect, and prompted him to respond to them by creating pictures and sculptures.

For this new work, Narielwalla has focused his research onto the movement of dancers and the influence the medium of dance has had on 20th century artists such as Picasso, Picabia and Bacon. Within contemporary dance of the Contact Improvisation school, choreographer Steve Paxton proposes that dancers “meditate upon the physical laws relating to their masses: gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction. They do not strive to achieve results, but rather, to meet the constantly changing physical reality with appropriate placement and energy.”

We caught up with Hormazd to talk about what inspires him.

What artists/artist inspired you most when you were growing up?

I’ve always had a fascination with Frida Kahlo. I can relate to her a lot because of my back injury, although hers was worse than mine. Also, we both have a monobrow! My other influences include Matisse,  Brazilian artist Lygia Pape, William Kentridge and Picasso is a big reference point. I looked at a lot of magazines, growing up in India in the 80’s my point of research always had to be from there.

Where do you find inspiration for your work in London?

I’m always looking for colour combinations wherever I’m going. Fabric stores in Soho, fashion couture on Bond Street and of course interiors. The best places are commercial galleries, I think they get forgotten. I love watching people, it’s probably what I’ll be doing next, as it’s always so interesting in London. From quirky hispters to elegant Bond Street women. There is a place for every tribe in London – that’s why I’m here. Paris, for example, doesn’t have that same pulse. London is so multicultural. From a foreigners perspective, if you love English culture exclusively then you will have a hard time living in London.

Which cities or places in the world are you most at home?

London is the place I feel most at home, as I have made it my home. The other English city I love to visit is York. Internationally I really love Barcelona, we found it the most exciting city as travellers, but nothing replaces the feeling of coming back to London.

You use colour a lot in your work, can you describe why it is so important to you?

Certain things became part of your DNA, and in India you have to learn to adopt colour into your life. You are always bombarded by colour. I use colours from my history in a conceptual way, and I get an intuitive feeling – if it feels right I just follow my instinct. I look at the Cavalli and see a lot of natural prints – animal, storms, pebbles… he is clearly looking at his experiences in Brazil and Africa. He clearly has a love for pattern

How would you describe the interior style?

I love Mid-Century Modern, with a hint of opulence and colour.

To view Dancing Blocks visit our showroom, located at 387 Kings Road, SW10 0LR