About Genty Fine Art
Genty Fine Art was founded in 2005 in France as Galerie Genty. The aim of the gallery is to champion, defend and support its stable of mid-career contemporary artists chosen for their mastery of technique and integrity of vision.
Each artist represented by Genty Fine Art is chosen for their craftsmanship, skill in the handling of materials, colour and energy — as well as the emotional response their work generates.
About the Directors
David Genty studied philosophy at Jesus College, University of Oxford, and had initially planned to teach. While taking a sabbatical year at the height of the Thatcher cuts, he found that he had a talent for decorative painting and a passion for interior design and historic buildings.
He set up Genty Fine Interiors in 1984 and carried out design and decoration projects for clients in England, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Cayman and Bermuda. He subsequently took a post-graduate qualification in the History & Theory of Art under Dr Grant Pooke at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
In 2000, he discovered a beautiful medieval village in rural western France. The project ‘Vouvant Village des Peintres’ was born, and artists were invited to stay, work, and later exhibit in Le Nef, former nave of the 12th-century romanesque church. Galerie Genty opened in 2005 to support the VVP project.
David continued to carry out interiors projects on the Côte dʼAzur and in London. Finding that his clients appreciated his discerning eye, as shown in the gallery and Le Nef exhibitions he curated, he was asked to provide art works for their homes and office spaces, and help build their collections.
Helen Genty first trained in fashion and design, moving on to garden design and history then art history. A large renovation and decoration commission in London saw David and Helen back in Kent for much of 2009. Last year they were fortunate to find Tygerʼs Head, a 15th-century former guildhall in the historic heart of Tonbridge. They decided to buy it and return to England to re-launch Galerie Genty as Genty Fine Art.
David continues to represent those French artists discovered during the Vouvant years, all of whom have become close friends. He feels it essential to have a good understanding and supportive rapport with the artists.
Genty Fine Art shows at London art fairs and occasionally at international events.
For further information on David and Helen’s home design work, see Interiors.