Karnik Gallery is a new London-based art dealership and curatorial platform that finds the meeting point between contemporary excellence and age-old tradition. Karnik handles works by an eclectic, international range of artists from across Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Our artists produce work that is innovative, challenging and forward-looking, while also drawing from artistic traditions of the past.
Amidst a drastically transformed art market, Karnik Gallery champions innovation, adaptability and collaboration. We work with galleries, collectors, curators, consultants, agents and exhibition spaces in order to increase the visibility and value of some of the best in contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and craftsmanship.
Co-directors Mark Keshishian and Jessica Nicholls represent a new generation of art dealers and curators in London. These young and ambitious entrepreneurs present a fresh vision for the contemporary art market by seeking out unusual artists to promote and by encouraging new and emerging collectors. Their combined passion for fine art spans from the old masters to contemporary painting and sculpture. Between them, the pair have worked in some of the most prestigious art organisations, including Sotheby's, Saatchi Gallery, Christie's, Colnaghi, JD Malat, Hignell Gallery and Moscow State Historical Museum.
Keshishian descends from a Lebanese-Armenian family of textile manufacturers trading oriental silk carpets, tapestries and antiquities. He developed an early fascination with his family's involvement in the world of heritage; now, combined with his passion for art sales, Keshishian's contemporary art venture is an extension of this legacy but also a launch pad for his own vision for curating and dealing art.
Nicholls' expertise ranges from Impressionism to Asian and Russian art. Having grown up surrounded by the world's largest collection of Russian icons, she went on to study art history at SOAS University London and then to work with a wide range of artists and collectors. Over the years, Nicholls has moved between London, Moscow, Switzerland and Hong Kong and therefore brings her diverse, international vision and experience to the gallery.
Karnik Gallery is named after Keshishian's grandfather; this tribute to a family legacy steeped in history, combined with the co-director's fresh, contemporary vision, solidifies its purpose to recognise the stylistic exchange between past and present through both curation and creation.