Our Story

Geist is a London based art dealership specialising in modern and post war contemporary. The Company was founded in 2011 as a gallery in Mayfair, based on Bruton Street and then Mount Street. Our breakthrough came when we began working with the equestrian sculptor, Nic Fiddian Green, which culminated with a monumental exhibit in collaboration with Sheikh Mohammed's stud farm, Darley.

After attracting our first clients, we began sourcing secondary works for their blue chip art collections. During these early years we became well placed in the markets for Salvador Dali, Lucio Fontana, Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. This opened up doors, attracted more opportunities and paved the way to the selection of artists we now focus upon.

In 2013, we signed as Arturo Di Modica's first official representative. His New York Charging Bull masterpiece was already one of the world's most iconic works of art but prior to this he had worked his entire career alone. Upon first meeting him, I was instantly inspired by the incredible story of his life. Over the following years, we went on to sell his work all over the globe, to all backgrounds and ages. It was clear we had discovered a monumental untapped opportunity and it quickly became our mission to raise the profile of the artist to the top.

In early 2016 we made the decision to close the gallery so we could concentrate our energy and investment into Arturo Di Modica. With a syndicate of partners, we spent the next few years acquiring the most important collection of works by the artist, as well as documenting his life. This coincided with the first major auctions to happen with successful sales at Phillips and Sotheby's. Although much still remained to be rediscovered, a milestone was reached in 2020 when we published the first book, 'Arturo Di Modica: The Last Modern Master', written by Professor Valeria Bruni and art critic Anthony Haden-Guest.

Going forwards, we continue to split our time between building the collections of our private clients and furthering the market for Arturo Di Modica. With the latter, we now move into a stage in our plan where we are establishing a global network of selective partners, who are consultants, galleries and dealers. With this, we are aiming to place the works of Arturo Di Modica into important collections and raise his profile through a series of major exhibits with public institutions.

It is our guiding aim to build great art markets and collections, that will stand the test of time, with artists and people in sync with our values. It has been an incredible journey so far, with great lessons learnt through all of the experiences, but we remain confident the best is still yet to come.

Sincerely,

Jacob Harmer
Managing Director
November 2020

For enquires, please contact
Huzaima Al-Rifai, Personal Assistant
huzaima.rifai@geistmc.com