The History and Ethos of Lawrence Alkin Gallery


Lawrence Alkin Gallery is an independently run, commercial art gallery located in the centre of London. Operating from our split-level boutique space that was once TomTom and, until recently, artrepublic Soho, the primary goal for us is to seek to develop the next generation of artists through exciting and different exhibitions, events and exclusive publications from a breadth of talent. Contemporary, urban, street and pop art; we don’t distinguish or discriminate, but embrace and look to display visually engaging exhibitions from a hybrid of artistic disciplines.



The gallery’s core principal of offering affordable original artworks and limited editions is combined with the belief that the work on display must have a strong visual impact and high quality production. This is what unites all of the artists we work with as many experiment with a variety of different media from a multitude of backgrounds and disciplines.



The gallery’s founder, Lawrence Alkin, has a background of over 30 years within the commercial art market, with the culmination of this experience and expertise being transformed into his latest venture, the Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Over the last three decades Lawrence has always championed new and interesting visual artists, irrespective of background or discipline. With the last 20 years through artrepublic, he has seen a huge number of what were once seen as new and emerging artists grow into the household names that are now collected all over the world.



The championing of new artists and their work has never been more prominent than in the last 10 years with the meteoric rise in street art of which Lawrence and artrepublic were so central. In 2004 in an underground exhibition located in Brighton, Lawrence sought to host an exhibition featuring a collection of relatively unknown artists he was selling, putting on a show that would help aide their rise to international acclaim. POP was held, exhibiting work from, among others, artists such as James Cauty, Antony Micallef and Banksy. Since then there have been debut solo exhibitions for many now established names including Dan Baldwin, Miss Bugs and Static, as well as countless collaborations and print releases. One belief that has remained constant is that the work that goes on display is not always about the name, but more about the image and the art itself.



As someone who previously worked largely in print, Lawrence in recent years has wanted to re-establish his London gallery to provide the combination of increasing demand for affordable original artwork and utilise the vast array of emerging talent on offer through artrepublic. In doing so offering a platform to exhibit their work in central London and continue working with the artists directly through exhibitions and publications of editions.


Ultimately the Lawrence Alkin Gallery is founded upon the same principles that defined our now sister gallery, artrepublic: making art accessible to all and demonstrating that art is to be enjoyed above all else.