Charles Saatchi Acquires Mona Osman’s Work At C&C Gallery

      Congratulations to Mona Osman!

whose work The Red Cube has been acquired by Charles Saatchi,

during his personal appearance, his third visit to C&C since we opened.

Curated by Dr Joanna Gore

Open from 10th July – 19th September 2016


Bad Faith 2016 – Oil on Canvas 60cmx50cm

In 2012 on his first visit, while Saatchi was buying Rafal Zawistowski’s whole show ‘Halo’,  Mona Osman was working behind the bar in our restaurant Canvas & Cream, a studious and dedicated hard worker supporting her BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, she says
‘I remember him coming the first time and wishing it were me’

Now four years later studying for her MA at the Royal College of Arts, it is Osman, having her first debut solo show at the gallery and it is Charles Saatchi buying her work.

Dr Joanna Gore, curator and  co-director of the complex said ‘I have always believed Mona will go a long way, she is an excellent thought-provoking and highly skilled artist. I was delighted to curate her debut solo show ‘The Red Cube’ and even more delighted that it has been such a resounding success, we have had new collectors from the UK and Europe contacting us about her work which is unheard of  for such a new artist to the scene, the addition of Saatchi acquiring her work today for his collection is testament to how good she is and to her future career’. 

Dorian Gray 2016 – Oil on Canvas 60cmx50cm

Necessary Evil 2016 – Oil on Canvas 120cmx100cm

The Red Cube is nothing. I invented The Red Cube.
However, The Red Cube is everything.
The Red Cube is the essence. The Red Cube gives your essence.
Because there is always a driving force in our lives, something that moves us; a man, a woman, a career, money, love, hate, religion, ourselves.  It doesn’t matter what The Red Cube is, what matters is the relationship oneself has with it.
Red Cube… The Red Cube is a mask.  A mask that defines the meaning of someone’s being and its nature. The Red Cube is open to be filled with content.      

                                                                                                                                           Mona Osman              


Throughout the Red Cube series Osman is examining existence on a universal scale focusing in on the general anxieties of a human being and the essences of personality.  The Red Cube appears in the works in relation to the figures it relates too, in some it dances in harmony in others it jars and obstructs, it serves as a conceptual pinpoint, an anchor for the work and it is sometimes interrupted by the Black Cube.

Osman’s paintings are in narrative to each other, each painting responding to another in the same manner the figures within them relate. With clear reference to Gustav Klimt and Piet Mondrian using closely related signifiers, she searches for a universal thread with which to connect or understand, at the same time as seeking an inner possibly shared logic.

The paintings demonstrate the struggle to identify or anchor oneself in relation to others, their personas, their anxieties, their feelings or their ways of being, they move through to an investigation of the artists’ relationship to existence itself, a search for self in the larger context of the universe.

However you read Osman’s work whether seduced by the aesthetic beauty of her rich palette or the depiction of conflicted pain, they remain tirelessly fascinating. Just when you think your eye has settled and is ready to move on, something small jumps out to bite you and you are compelled to start all over. As with the nature of relationship to ourselves, each other and universe, we seek to understand yet we perpetually fail, the grappling with this journey is where the success lies in these fascinating and compelling works of art.

Mona Osman was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1992. She spent her childhood in Budapest, later in Nice, in France and finished high school in London. She graduated in 2014, with a BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London after being awarded the Neville Burston Painter’s award and the Goldsmiths Warden’s Purchase Award. She is currently completing her master degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited in C&C Gallery London, London Art Fair, GX Gallery London, various other exhibitions nationwide and has works in private collections throughout the UK.

Hope 2016 – Oil on Canvas 190cmx120cm

Monads #2 – Stitched canvases, Oil on Canvas 240cmx210cm

And I am just watching myself from the sofa going mad – Oil on Canvas



installation 2

If you wish to see the show before it goes into the Saatchi collection,
it is open everyday until 19th September 2016
at C&C Gallery 18 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF, you enter through Canvas & Cream.