Tells us what you have been up too since we last interviewed you?
Agenting artists worldwide and building up the Zebra One Gallery name, as well as collaborating with some very well known private members clubs.
You have a wonderful exhibition of unseen images of Kate Moss, tell us about this?
I was approached by the photographer Owen Scarbiena to look at his archive where I choose to showcase the first ever professional pictures of a young Kate Moss to coincide with London Fashion week in collaboration with Home House
What other artists are you looking after?
Exclusive to yourself, we are very excited to be announcing a brand new website and rebranding of the gallery, we will be featuring at least 15 new artists from across the globe.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We have some fantastic events coming up such as Brian Duffy at The Hospital Club as well as some future collaborations with 12 Hay Hill a very prestigious private members club
What do you love about what you do?
The wide and varied people I get to meet, the beautiful things I get to see and the events, collaborations with big names, making an emerging artist into a collectable artist and advising people on what they should have in their house
Who has caught your eye recently in the art world?
Yves Hayat : “I admit that I’m more interest in manipulating reality than in recording it. My artwork between photography, installation and “Narrative Figuration” proposes visions where theatricalization is a part of the project. I am a total visual consumer”.
Zebra One Gallery owner, Gabrielle du Plooy
What is the history behind Zebra Gallery?
ZEBRA ONE gallery first opened its doors over 40 years ago in London’s quaint Hampstead Village, and has become one of the country’s leading destinations for art collectors, as well as stars of stage and screen.
Launched in 1976 by former soldier Lee Brew, and named after his South African army codename, Zebra One quickly earned a reputation for sourcing the most desirable pieces in the world – many by Old Masters and the most famous artists of their time. Regular customers included Peter Cook, Pierce Brosnan and even former Labour leader Michael Foot, whose wife would help import art from all over the world to sell in the Perrin’s Court gallery.
Brew eventually moved to Hong Kong and gave Zebra One – by now a hugely well known and respected business – to his daughter, photographer Gabrielle du Plooy. She set about modernising the gallery to meet the changing tastes of the art world, and high-worth and one-off photographs became its raison d’être, alongside pieces by modern artists like Dan Baldwin and Dom Pattinson.
And with that came a new clientele of modern-day stars: Ricky Gervais, Dynamo, Liam Gallagher and The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett can often be found browsing the pieces on offer alongside customers who travel from all over the UK to source Zebra One’s exclusive art.
And the gallery’s continuing success is undoubtedly due to Gabrielle’s incredible ability – no doubt learnt from years of watching her father at work – to uncover pieces from all over the world that fetch thousands. From postcards drawn by jailbird Charles Bronson to previously unknown artists like Dom Pattinson, whose work has been snapped up by George Clooney to gift to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a wedding present.
You have a gallery in Hampstead and Hong Kong, are you looking to expand elsewhere?
Not at the moment
Your whole family are involved in the business, so was it a natural progression for you to take over the business or did you have other career plans?
It was a natural progression for me after studying photography and having a lifelong love of all things creative.
What are the exhibition dates for upcoming events?
Kate Moss show open to the public from 23rd February till the 8th March
Brian Duffy at The Hospital Club 29th April running till the 20th of May
Zebra One Gallery, 1 Perrin’s Ct, London NW3 1QX