Monday, 8 August 2011

Nailphilila: a London exhibition dedicated to nail art

Images from 'Nailed', directed by Nick Knight & Marian Newman
(courtesy of, full credits at bottom)

I was really excited to hear that there is an exhibition dedicated to nail art coming to London – the beauty industry is full of amazing visuals, incredible packaging and passionate people, so I am surprised that there are not more exhibitions dedicated to beauty.

Curated by Ryan Lanji and, a company ‘investing in the artists of the future’ by selling, commissioning and renting the most prestigious student and graduate artwork,they have teamed up with the likes of Marian Newman, Sophy Robson, Sam Biddle, Jenny Longworth and Sue Marsh to showcase nail art as an art in its own right.

Image courtesy of Laruicci
The incredible talent and techniques of these nail heavyweights will be showcased through installation, photography, film, and books. Highlights will include Sophy Robson exhibiting a secret installation, Sam Biddle exhibiting a piece which will blend fantasy and ready-to-wear nail art, exhibitions from extreme Nail Artists Antony Buckley, Mike Pocock, Megumi Mizuno and Kirsty Meaks, while pioneer nail technician Sue Marsh will be displaying some of her key archived pieces.

Nail-savvy brands such as Cheap Monday and Laruicci (creator of the gold claws seen in Beyonce’s new music video ‘Run The World’) will also be on show.

I can’t wait.

Anyone interested in exhibiting their own nail art can still send their semi-professional photos to for possible inclusion in the exhibition.

Nailphilia,’s Execution Room, 12A Vyner St, London E2 9DG
Press View: August 31st 2011 5 pm-10 pm (RSVP
Private View: September 1st 2011 6 pm-9 pm (General Public)
Exhibition runs from 1 September 2011-25 September 2011

For all enquiries email or call 020 8980 0395.
For more information visit 

First two photos courtesy of SHOWstudio
Still from the video "Nailed" by Nick Knight
Concept by Alex Fury and Marian Newman
Nails by Marian Newman
Hair by Christian Wood
Make-Up by Laura Dominique
Set Design by Andrea Cellerino

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