When you’re about to drop a lot of money on a piece of art, having someone you can trust and believe in is essential. Jay Jopling has made himself that man. An art mogul, this English art dealer has been working in the art world for almost three decades. Single handedly, he’s changed the way we view art, bringing new artists like Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst into our homes and showing us just what we’ve been missing all these years.
While extremely approachable, Jopling sets himself apart from other dealers with his immaculate fashion sense and keen eye. He owns several contemporary art emporiums, showrooms that are on the same level as museum shows.
Jay Jopling is a man you want to have at your next party, with his monochromatic, classic suits and his trendy glasses with black frames. Guests, as well as paparazzi, swirl around him. His frank nature and incredible energy makes him stand out from the crowd. His personality makes everyone around him feel secure and part of the fun.
Is it any wonder he made the GQ list for the 50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015?
Jay was born in 1963 to a Conservative politician named Michael Jopling. He grew up in Yorkshire, where he studied at Eton and the University of Edinburgh. His first job came while he was at University; he sold fire extinguishers door to door. It was during this time that he made a trip to Manhattan, New York as well, where he became acquaintances with several American artists. In the 1980s, he met Damien Hirst, an artist that had previously worked with Charles Saatchi. Under Jopling’s supervision, Hirst became more ambitious in his art. Jay moved to London in 1984 after earning his MA and began working with several new and up-and-coming young artists.
In 1999, Jopling married Sam Taylor-Wood. He has two daughters, Angelica and Jessie Phoenix.
The first big event in Jay Jopling’s career was in 1993, when he opened his gallery “White Cube” in London’s West End. The gallery was surrounded by bookshops, antique dealers and older galleries, making it an ideal location for the new exhibitions. This first White Cube exhibited both British and international talent and has since done a variety of solo shows.
In 2000, Jopling opened up his second White Cub in London’s East End. This gallery space was larger and included several international artists. A third White Cube on Duke Street, St. James was opened in 2006. This gallery showed off the works of international artists like Jeff Wall and Robert Irwin. Another White Cube gallery opened six years later, boasting three exhibition areas, an auditorium, a bookshop and warehousing. The first gallery outside the UK opened in Hong Kong in 2012.
Jay Jopling is known for a lot of things, from his frank and funny nature to his artistic eye. However, he’s also become quite a style icon. There’s a lot you can learn from this man when it comes to fashion and personal style. Here are just a few of the things we’ve learned.
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