January was an exciting month for D’Stassi, moving into the new year with the continuation of our first ever group show ‘SPOTLIGHT’. We have busy working on finalising our lineup for the year which we can’t wait to share with you.

We have some amazing updates from artists in our roster who’ve had an incredible start to 2023. In the wider art market - full figures from last year have been published. It was a record breaking year, keep reading to find out more.


Updates From Our Roster


Adam Handler

  • Group exhibition at VODA Gallery (South Korea) ‘Hidden Mind’, Jan 18th - February 15th 2023
  • Group exhibition at Lorin Gallery (LA, USA) ‘Crossing’, Jan 14th - Feb 4th

Peter Opheim

  • Group exhibition at Galeria Casa Colon in Mexico
  • Showing at a solo exhibitions in Tokyo, more info to follow.


  • ‘HERE WE COME, HERE WE RISE’ - A permanent public artwork in Brent Cross Town in North London. In collaboration with architect if_do, commissioned by Related Argent to wrap around an electricity substation. Now one of the largest permanent public artworks in the UK.

Hackney Dave

  • JUST BE NICE - A collaboration between HD + The Big Issue
  • Working with a group of artists to produce 50 original and one-off pieces
  • The works were auctioned off at EastArt Gallery to raise funds for the Big Issue UK
  • Collaborating artists include Haus of Lucy, BLAM and DONK amongst others


Peter Opheim - ‘Mister’, Sculpture and Oil on canvas.


Art Market News

2022 saw a record year for paintings sold at auction, according to, with over $10 billion worth sold worldwide. Christie alone saw an annual $4.58 billion total for Fine Art sold at their auctions, a record total for an auction house.


Christie alone saw an annual $4.58 billion total for Fine Art sold at their auctions, a record total for an auction house.


The fastest growing sector at auction is the Ultra Contemporary Art Market. These are works made specifically by artists born after 1974 and represent 15.5% of the contemporary art market. In total, this market represents 2.7% of the global Fine Art Market, and is growing each year.

Adam Handler was identified in the 2022 Ultra Contemporary Art Market Report as one of the top 100 under 40’s sold at auction!


Adam Handler, "Abduction", 40" by 40", oil/canvas, 2022


According to the Art Basel Art Report online art sales surpassed £20 billion in the last year. Overall art sales reached £52 billion, a whopping 29% increase on the previous year. Of those surveyed, 78% of High Net Worth collectors were optimistic about the global market performance for the foreseeable future.


Featured Artist - Hackney Dave a.k.a Dave Buonaguidi.

Hackney Dave X Leee Black Childers ‘Taking Care of Business’, 2022.


Hackney Dave was one of the 6 artists who collaborated with D’Stassi during our Legendary Moments exhibition from last summer. The collaborations saw reworked iconic moments captured by photographer Leee Black Childers. They were displayed alongside over 50 images taken by Childers and Bob Gruen.

For his collaboration, titled TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, Hackney Dave chose a previously unseen image of Elvis Presley at a press conference taken in Vegas. The image is reimagined in a luminous pink screen print layered with the text ‘ELVIS 1970’

Please contact the gallery if you would like more information on available works here.

Hackney Dave, a.k.a. Dave Buonaguidi, has worked in advertising for over 30 years, founding St. Luke’s, the world's first advertising co-operative and labelled as ‘the most frightening company on earth' by the Harvard Business Review. He has since worked as Creative Director at Channel4, founded the advertising agency Karmarama and Chief Creative Officer of the London office of Crispin Porter and Bogusky, just recently opening yet another start-up company of his own.

In 2003 he created the iconic ‘MAKE TEA NOT WAR' poster for the anti-war march, which now forms part of the Victoria and Albert Museum collection and also hangs in the Trento Museum of Modern Art.

During a year-long hiatus from the advertising world, Buonaguidi set upon learning a new skill and undertook a screenprinting course, which in turn gave him the freedom to finally find an out-put for the many ideas that had been swimming around in his head.


All the best,

The D’Stassi Art team.