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Ever the trendsetters

David Gill is a rare fellow indeed: tomorrow's man. His style dictates new trends, in the view of Alexander Payne, director of the 20th-21st century design department at auctioneers Phillips. Gill is also a creative visionary and style guru, according to art advisor and private dealer Dominique Levy, who is former international director of private sales at Christie's. Call him what you will, Gill has the reputation for being a man who doesn't so much sniff at the Zeitgeist as make it.

Financial Times, 27.03.04

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From California to Kensal Road

For Sarah Stitt, 36, work is therapy. She had a miscarriage in 1994 and coped with her bereavement by painting a series of pregnant women, some with angels above. A year later, she became pregnant. But just five days after the birth, she was back in her studio, “hormonally insane” and painting to prevent herself going mad.

She first “found salvation in art” when she was at St Martins , aged 19. “I drank and drugged excessively,” recalls Stitt. “My rebellious youth ended with a nervous breakdown and painting was the only thing that helped me.” In 1993, she suffered a second breakdown. “I was severely depressed, suicidal and confronting the demons of my past.” So she “paid with paintings” for inpatient treatment in a therapy clinic on the Greek island of Skiathos.  

Independent On Sunday, 27.03.04

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