Champagne Life

If you find yourself strolling through the painted streets of Chelsea some time soon, I have a tip for you.

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March your little behind over to The Saatchi Gallery.

There you’ll find an all female, bad-ass new exhibition.

“Champagne Life.”

Weird, wonderful, odd, huge, shocking and delightful works of art, all created by talented female artists from across the globe.

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We started with Serbian artist, Jelena Bulajic’s vast and hyper realistic painted portraits.

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Made up of acrylic polymer emulsion, marble dust, ground granite, ground limestone, kaolin, graphite, charcoal, she somehow manages to capture the subject’s sparkle, their soul, their past, all in one image.

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“Grozda” is my favourite piece.

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Other rooms play with repetition and sheer scale.

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Maha Malluh’s “Food for Thought” is a wall covered in discarded aluminium cooking pots, from all over the The Middle East.

“My inspiration for art comes from my country, a land of contrasting images and ideas. Good art… forces you to pause, to contemplate and think harder about
your surroundings.”

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Of course, Saatchi can’t resist a bit of taxidermy.

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Iran’s Soheila Sokhanvari sees a very sad pony balancing on a blue ball.

The Saatchi guide suggests; “Visual metaphors abound in her work that deals implicitly with the Iranian state. The title Moje Sabz speaks to the ‘Green Movement’ uprising of 2009, in which violent protesters’ demonstrations lead to the annulment of a fraudulent election result.”


Upstairs there’s a room filled with celeb plastered pop art.

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Kim, Kanye and Mini Mouse make up the exhibition’s name sake “Champagne Life” by New Yorker Julia Wachtel.

Written up by the Saatchi team; “Champagne Life, the eponymous title of the exhibition itself, inverts an image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, with the poorly copied plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse. The pathos of the latter’s pathetic construction provides what the artist terms “a place of interiority” which is both “intimate and vulnerable” in stark contrast to the pure “exteriority” of Kim Kardashian, a figure who manipulates the public eye and spectre of fame so dexterously as to have “broken the Internet.” The title itself is drawn from a song by R&B artist Ne-Yo, who sings of a life “where dreams and reality are one in the same”. This paradoxical attempt to converge the fantastical with the real is the epitome of a culture driven by the lust for celebrity, and the figure of champagne as a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest cipher.”

Perhaps not having the desired affect as the piece is constantly surrounded by a cloud of teenage girls taking selfies with it.

Possibly the coolest room, is the sewing room. (Not something I ever thought I’d say!)

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Talented Brit Alice Anderson’s “Bound” and “181 Kilometers” tower over visitors, dwarfing them to mere Borrowers.

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The huge bobbin made of wood and copper thread glitters in the light and just begs to be stroked.

It took all of our restraint not to.

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It demands to be gazed upon from every possible angle, each inch different to the last.

Simply beautiful.

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Upstairs I fell somewhat in love with Stephanie Quayle’s “Lion Man”.

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And larger than life clay cows.

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The exhibition runs until early March, so you have more than enough time to check it out.

I’ve featured less than a third of the pieces, and leave the rest for you to discover.

It’s free and a fun way to while away a couple of hours.

By that time you should have worked up an appetite for lunch! Which we had at The Ivy’s Garden.

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Just up the King’s Road, there’s nothing quite like an afternoon of culture and parmesan truffle fries!

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All set to stroll through Chelsea’s painted streets again.

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Blue trench coat // Skinny jeans

Suede sneakers // Red tote

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  • Love this! Very unique art. Also love your style-very elegant!

  • Wonderful art and beautiful photos!

    LEACH |

  • Looks like the perfect way to spend an afternoon! I always enjoy the Saatchi gallery exhibitions – they always manage to surprise. xxx

  • Jelena Bulajic’s painted portraits are jaw dropping good!! Unbelievable
    how realistic and the detail is amazing. I wish I was in London to
    check it out in person.

  • Ah, I’m so impressed with this exhibition! I wish Canada wasn’t so far
    away, but the internet will just have to do this time around. Well done,
    Saatchi, well done! And lovely post as always, Rosie! x

  • Wow, so many cool displays! I must admit, I don’t usually ‘get’ art, but I’m glad it’s explained there! And I definitely get the cows 🙂


  • Alice Anderson’s pieces are simply stunning. I love the cows too, how lovely! I’d love a smaller copy to have at home xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

  • All of these photos are amazing!

  • I visited this last month with some gal pals – love that it’s all incredibly talented female artists, very inspiring!

  • those first two images are stunning. I can’t believe they realism behind those paintings. Really wonderful.

  • Would love to see The Saatchi Gallery. The Kim, Kanye and Minnie piece is amazing.

    Kisses from

  • The photography on your blog is just amazing – love it!

    Anika |

  • The art looks so interesting in this gallery! I love exploring and learning more about art, those portraits are pretty cool! Those fries also look mighty tasty as well, now I’m craving some!

  • The portraits are jaw-dropping. What a talented artist!

  • The lion man is brilliant, the cows are pretty cute too actually! Lovely way to spend an afternoon. x Jersey Girl x

  • Hannah

    Looks like a perfect day!

    Champagne Lifestyle

  • Anu

    I simply love all the portraits. The lines in the face, the richness of the eyes, just amazing! Rosie, I love that you might have a fashion blog but each of your posts have a story to tell. And that’s the best part of it all, in my opinion 🙂

  • The portraits are just amazing. And your outfit is so pretty as usual xx

  • Kat

    Oh I love this post! The paintings are beautiful. I love hearing about interesting things happening in London, I definitely have to check this out at the weekend!

  • Those paintings look incredible – I’ve never visited the Gallery but must make a day trip of it (plus lunch 😉 )

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Madison

    Such a perfect day!! I absolutely love the idea of an exhibit made exclusively by talented women from across the world. The original portraits are stunning and that spool of thread looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing!

  • What an interesting exhibit! The sewing room looks spectacular! Plus I love your outfit, perfect for a day of galleries & lunch!

  • Kari Guastella

    What a stunning exhibit! I hope it travels and makes it over to the states!

  • Exquisite exhibition-those hyper real portraits are simple mesmerizing, as is the lion man, (not sure the intricacy you write of the sewing room is visible by the photographs alone-which is great, really spurs others on to get down and see it for themselves). I love how the Saatchi Gallery are always pushing boundaries, forcing us to ask questions and ‘feel’. That to me is the true beauty of art. That emotional transaction… I still remember visiting ‘Sensation’ on an art trip in Sixth Form. It was truly formative and led in some way, to me becoming a filmmaker. Adored this post x

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I’m in love with the Lion Man and Cow! They look so real x

  • This looks so cool 🙂 I love it already just for the name 🙂

  • What a great art gallery

  • Very interesting art 😛 but those fries though *heart-eyes 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • OMG such a huge bobbin and glittering thread!!! This place looks amazing for dayout …

  • Aurè

    hello,ciao…the painted streets of Chelsea looks like a mediterranean Island colourful streets…hey,we’re all on the same Boat!..haha..
    …and…W the Art & Artist of the World!

    ciao ciao

  • I love the portraits & the photo of you & the copper bobbin is genius. Now all I want to eat is truffle fries….my absolute favourite!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Coco Cami

    Amazing post and beautiful photographs as usual! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Best Wishes,

    Camille xo

  • Wonderful and whimsical

    Looks so interesting, love truffle parmesan fries!

    I just posted an amazing parmesan potato salad on


  • grace

    I’m so excited to visit the Saatchi Gallery this weekend! I saw this exhibition online and decided I would take myself on a me-date (I’m lame like that.)

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    How incredibly intriguing!


  • Ooo this exhibition looks great! Bit freaked out by the Kanye/Kim piece though… Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Lou

    Loved the portraits, looks like you had a great day.


  • Kate

    What an amazing exhibition! Thanks so much for sharing. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Adele Miner

    Gorgeous pictures, loving the colourful houses! x

  • Emma

    Those portraits are amazing. I’m too far to go but I’ll be telling my sisters in London x

  • I love hyper-realist paintings/drawings – they’re like photographs, but more evocative. On a slightly different note, that lobster (prawn?) looks amazing!

  • Definitely going to check this out looks fantastic!

    Kate x

  • Whenever I go down the King’s Road, I always make a note to pop into the Saatchi Gallery but never quite make it in. Did anyone see the Chanel exhibit there? Was it worth the queue….? I have heard mixed opinions so far!

    Katie’s Rose Garden

  • What a wonderful looking exhibition and I cant stop looking at that Lobster!
    Chelsea, I shall see you very soon. Luxe lifestyle & travel blogger: