Crean & Company is an online gallery founded by collector Nick Crean and art historian Clementine Perrins. The gallery acts as a digitally curated space with viewing rooms full of curiosity, colour and conversation - a timely online celebration of artists, makers and collectors.
The artists and makers who make up the “& Company” are each creative explorers, always assessing their own talents and finding a very personal language through which to tell their stories. Combining that trilogy of eye, mind and hand, their works are full of colour, originality, texture, draughtsmanship and sheer hard work.
Founder Nick Crean says: ‘The pleasure of collecting sits at the heart of Crean & Company’s ambition to introduce artists and makers. I have no more forgotten the story of the first painting I ever fell in love with, than I look forward to the excitement with which I will meet the next. By bringing artists and collectors together we will be able to create a classical dynamic, the art of patronage, buildings artists’ reputations and curating collections.’
Co-founder Clementine Perrins adds: ‘We have a desire to ignite conversations between artist and collector. For the collector to become a patron of the arts is not to be stuck in the concept of buying for investment; at Crean & Company we sell because we love the work, because it is a reflection of the time and place we are in.’
Nick is a lifelong art collector with over 20 years’ experience at the helm of two successful businesses: the retail brand Prestat, and his award-winning documentary film-making production company, both of which he founded and ran in parallel. His experience combines a keen understanding of the power of the visual and the importance of narrative. Nick began his career running the private office of Charles and Maurice Saatchi, where he began collecting Modern British and American art. For seven years he has been a trustee and chair of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), one of the world’s leading craft organisations, and has a deep determination to promote artists and makers whose work inspires and excites.
Clementine’s 20-year career spans all areas of the art world, with experience promoting art fairs, launching galleries and managing private collections. She has led marketing initiatives for established brands such as Christie’s Auction House, The British Fashion Council and the Louise Blouin Foundation, and consulted on business strategies as an authority on the art market. As a trained art historian, she has written on royal artists and spent five years researching Middle Eastern and contemporary Arabic artists. She brings her eclectic eye and passion for art history and technological developments to Crean & Company.