The Thinking Traveller's Villa Elia inspires Henry Hudson's 'Pellegrino' exhibition


Henry Hudson’s PELLEGRINO Exhibition

26th November 2014 – 24th January 2015

It was with great pleasure that we hosted a private viewing of British artist Henry Hudson's latest exhibition, PELLEGRINO, in London's Fitzrovia. The result of an innovative collaboration between the owner of Villa Elia, The Thinking Traveller, and gallerists TJ Boulting, PELLEGRINO showcases a collection of extraordinarily rich plasticine works, wallpaper murals and a sculpture conceived by Henry during a four-week residency at Villa Elia in October 2013. 

Attended by the villa's owner, guests of The Thinking Traveller who have stayed at Villa Elia over the years, prominent art collectors and artists, and members of our team, the private viewing proved to be a great success, with one work showing Villa Elia's impressive façade already sold and many memories shared over a glass of excellent Tormaresca wine and some tasty Puglian hors d'oeuvres.

The exhibition runs until 24th January 2015 at the TJ Boulting gallery (59 Riding House Street, London, tel. 020 7729 6591) and is open by appointment between 11am - 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Why not pop in if you're in town? You might find the perfect Christmas present for someone.

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About Villa Elia

“It is not a house. She is an old lady who jealously guards my dreams and memories”

The magic of villa Elia starts to embrace you immediately and daily life and your routine blurs into a dreamscape. I worked all over the house. In the solitude of the chapel, out on the long drive toward the house. On the dining table where we took lunch, where we picked figs fresh from above our heads. Out in the orange groves. By the blues of the pool. Up on the roof to play god. To sit amongst it or inside its walls you never feel too far from home. It's a magical place and one would sleep happily there forever.” Henry Hudson

Villa Elia is available for weekly rent exclusively through The Thinking Traveller.

Hudson is a 36-year-old British contemporary artist known for his extraordinary plasticine “paintings”. Through this cheap and accessible yet malleably expressive medium, Hudson achieves a remarkable sculptural impasto, bringing depth and texture to his portrait and figurative works which remind of Leon Kossof, Lucian Freud and the tradition of the School of London painters.

Hudson has had numerous solo and group shows in London, New York, Milan and Beijing. Notable collectors of his work include Jay Jopling, Mario Testino, Tim Jeffries, Mark Hix and Tommy Hilfiger.

“Hudson aligns himself with an irreverent and eccentric British tradition in art that is really the saviour of it… it’s a lineage of non-conformity yet quintessentially Britishness that is unique to our tradition.” Marc Quinn

Hudson is the son of Richard Hudson (sculptor) and Betsy Bell (chef, who trained with Marco Pierre White). He is related to Lawrence of Arabia and his family home is Wick Manor in Worcester, an impressive 1911 arts and crafts estate.

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