1 How did you get your start?
I came to London in 2000 and I was working in a totally different industry. In 2004 I met some powerful people in the art world and my interest grew. I decided to work for some galleries and began taking evening courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. After working in the industry for more than 12 years I knew which direction I wanted to take. At JD Malat Gallery, we focus on the primary market with a diverse roster of 20 artists.
2 Why are you participating in Mayfair Art Weekend?
It is a great initiative, amazing for the London art scene and an important way to foster strong connections throughout the art community, especially given the current situation.
3 How has the pandemic affected business?
The effects have been positive because the pandemic gave us even more drive to work. With more people spending time at home, we had a 40% increase in online requests. During lockdown we held online exhibitions such as Isolation Mastered, a group show which featured the work of 25 selected artists who demonstrated a creative response to the isolation period. Since reopening in June, we have staged five shows in the gallery, but we are also launching a new virtual gallery in October so we can stage two shows per month – one in Mayfair and one online.
4 What is one great discovery you’ve made?
Zümrütoğlu, a Turkish artist who is the focus of an in-gallery exhibition this month. I think he is a rising star and since I represented him, many important collectors, museums and foundations have purchased his work.
5 Real ale or espresso martini?
100% espresso martini: it is my favourite drink and before each exhibition opening, the artist and I go next door to Claridge’s to celebrate – it is becoming a ritual.
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