Rebecca Hossack exudes such enthusiasm and vibrancy that one cannot help but be swept along with her passions. 20 years ago Rebecca was listed as one of London’s top tastemakers alongside the likes of Joseph, Jimmy Choo and Nicky Haslam. No less remarkable today than she was back then, gallery owner Rebecca is renowned all over the world for her impeccable eye for emerging talent and personal magnetism.
Rebecca’s art gallery has the remarkable ability to seem both welcoming and inspiring (a combination of traits found in Rebecca herself). A whirlwind of energy with a self-confessed compulsion to create, flipping through the pages of Rebecca Hossack’s diary is like seeing a physical manifestation of her personal dynamism. A chronicle of her daily life and inspirations with a few lucky cats thrown in for good measure, it is a glimpse at what makes Rebecca tick.
Australian born Rebecca came to England to study law, which she then quickly abandoned for the world of Art. She described it like being a goldfish outside the bowl starved for air which in her case meant creativity. With her first gallery comfortably situated in London’s Fitzrovia, she quickly began to make her mark on London’s art scene by showcasing aboriginal art alongside her newest discoveries of contemporary artists.
“My art scene is all about individualism. I don’t follow fashionable artists or artists that follow trends. I love artists that swim against the tide, that have their own vision of what they want to achieve.”
The oldest continuous art form in the world, Australian aboriginal art is Rebecca’s true passion and she has been a pioneer in its introduction to the British art world. Every year she travels to the outback to meet with the tribes and invite one of their elders to become her artist in residence at her London gallery. These momentous events are a testament to Rebecca’s boldness and generosity of spirit as well as ability to charm and inspire people from all walks of life. The aborigines call her ‘good kunga’ which means good woman. For Rebecca, what makes their art so compelling is that is imbued with a strong sense of spirituality and ritual.
“When we have an aborigine artist here it has an extraordinary effect on the people around us. There is a spirituality about it that physically effects people and genuinely enhances their lives.”
From expeditions to exhibitions, Rebecca Hossack is always on the go. Often found in the basket of her ever present bicycle, Rebecca’s Smythson diary is a living record of her remarkable life. Judging from the stack we discovered in her office there are years of stories just waiting to be disocvered. Bursting with postcards, articles and prints, this colourful collection of diaries has become a bit of an art feature itself.
“The first thing I put in my 2016 was an image of these amazing 14th century Italian helmet plumes. I also put a lot of lucky cats in my diary. Whenever I do an art fair I stick one in to remind me. I stick everything in my diary!”