Waddington Custot was formed through the partnership of French art dealer Stephane Custot and long-time London art dealer, Leslie Waddington, in 2010. Located in Cork Street since 1958, formerly as Waddington Galleries, the gallery has a rich heritage and an international reputation for quality and expertise in works by modern and contemporary masters, with a particular focus on monumental sculpture.
The gallery has cemented its reputation over several decades for high quality and well-researched exhibitions of significant artists operating in the mid-twentieth century and beyond. Today, Waddington Custot represents heavyweight contemporary and modern artists and their estates including Peter Blake, David Annesley, Patrick Caulfield, Ian Davenport, Fabienne Verdier, Barry Flanagan, Allan d’Arcangelo, Jedd Novatt, Pablo Reinoso and Robert Indiana. The inventory includes works by important modern European artists including Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Soulages, Joan Miró, Nicolas de Staël, Josef Albers, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Fausto Melotti, and Antoni Tàpies. The gallery’s long-standing focus on heavyweight American artists continues through strong relationships with John Chamberlain, Peter Halley, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and John Wesley.
From the late 50s, exhibited artists at Waddington Galleries included a new generation of British painters and sculptors such as Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Elisabeth Frink and Anthony Caro. The gallery would become instrumental in the promotion of post-war American art in England, showing the influential work of Milton Avery in 1962, Abstract Expressionists and the emergent Color Field painting of Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Helen Frankenthaler. In the early 70s, contemporary shows became interspersed with the work of European and British masters such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Jean Dubuffet. New European and American painters and sculptors were introduced in the 80s, including Barry Flanagan and Michael Craig-Martin, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Robert Rauschenberg, and in the 90s, young British artists, Fiona Rae and Ian Davenport. The eventual partnership with Stephane Custot to form Waddington Custot introduced the heavyweight School of Paris and European artists for which the gallery is well known today, together with new relationships with artists such as Fabienne Verdier, Bernar Venet, Pablo Reinoso and Fernando Botero among others.