Ahmed Alsoudani at the New Haunch of Venison Gallery

11/11/2011 03:04 pm ET | Updated Jan 10, 2012

Haunch of Venison gallery was founded in London in 2002. After the success of the original, a further branch was opened in 2008 in New York. Representing leading contemporary artists such as Turner Prize nominees Richard Long, Simon Patterson and Nathan Coley, both galleries recently inaugurated brand new locations: Haunch of Venison London moved back to its original location at Haunch of Venison Yard after being housed during 2 years at Burlington Gardens, while Haunch of Venison New York just opened a new space in Chelsea, leaving Rockefeller Centre. Both spaces were redesigned by leading architect Annabelle Selldorf, to whom we owe the creations of many major art galleries.

We catch up in the 11,500 square feet London gallery with the International Director Matt Carey-Williams and Iraqi-born painter Ahmed Alsoudani who is currently showing his ultra-colourful and committed paintings in the gallery. Carey-Williams shows the heavily renovated location, pointing out the 30 feet high atrium space, while Ahmed Alsoudani let's us in on his life. Born and raised in Baghdad, the 36 years old artist left Iraq a year after finishing high school. He graduated from the Yale School of Art in 2008, and he currently lives and works in New York. "I think it's important for artists to experience different places, to adapt... Right now I m in New York and I adapt a country. And where I come from is absolutely different. That gives the artist an instability, and instability is an important situation to artists to approach."

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