A celebrated Manchester artist has added to his expanding multi-million-pound portfolio with an exclusive new trio of Chanel perfume bottle mosaics.
Acclaimed mosaic artist, David Arnott, who is supported by Liverpool-based adhesives manufacturer, Palace Chemicals, created three new Chanel-inspired mosaics for the Marlow Contemporary art gallery in Buckinghamshire, part of the Clarendon Fine Art Group, which has its flagship gallery in London’s Mayfair.
While David is already well known for creating all kinds of ambitious and highly prized artworks, he says this latest project, involving the construction of Chanel bottle mosaics in both two- and three-dimensional formats, has been one of the most challenging of his career.
“I approached the two-dimensional mosaic in the same way as previous flat images of celebrity icons like Steve McQueen and David Bowie,” Arnott said. “But the three-dimensional perfume bottles were much more complex. The slippery curves of the base plastic, combined with the sheer weight of the glass and ceramic fragments, meant I needed an adhesive with instant grab, but with enough time for adjustments -- so I was very happy to have the expertise of the Palace guys at my disposal.”
David used Palace Chemicals Grab & Fix MS, a polymer adhesive that he first used when securing black diamonds to a £250,000 handbag mosaic. As the complexity and value of Arnott’s work has continued to increase, his loyalty to Palace Chemicals appears to have become stronger than ever.
Some of David’s most notable recent creations include a £4 million roulette table, a 6-foot koi carp built from gold tiles and Swarovski crystals and a lavish 19-foot Christmas tree featuring baubles adorned with Cartier and Chanel jewelry with an estimated value of £12 million.
“Palace’s products are unquestionably the best on the market,” Arnott said. “On really important, high-value mosaics like those I currently create, there’s no way I would be happy using anything else.”
The importance of the adhesives and grouts David uses on artworks like these is equally clear to the marketing director at Palace Chemicals, Charles Clapham. “We know how technically challenging some of David’s pieces can be and we know the potential implications involved if any of our adhesives should fail,” Clapham said. “So I guess there is a bit of pressure on our products to perform. But if they can cope with upside down diamond fragments and heavyweight chunks of glass on slick, inverted surfaces, it’s fair to say they’ll do a first-class job on more conventional household and commercial jobs.”