Pilar Ordovas started her own gallery after over thirteen years at Christie’s, where she was International Director and Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art in Europe, and two years as a Director of Gagosian Gallery in London.

As Head of Department at Christie’s during the first decade of the 21st century, Pilar played a major role in the huge growth of the 20th century and contemporary art market in Europe, helping to make London a world-class exhibition and selling site. In May 2008, she was responsible for establishing the world record for a living artist, with the sale of Lucian Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping for $33,641,000 at Christie’s in New York. Pilar also brought to auction Francis Bacon's Triptych 1974-1977, which sold for £26,340,500, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at Christie’s in London and the most valuable post-war and contemporary work sold in Europe.

During fifteen years in the art world, Pilar has built long-term working relationships with eminent collectors, scholars and artists. She has helped to secure consignments both for auction and privately, building and developing collections with both established collectors and those in emerging markets. As Director of Gagosian Gallery in London until March 2011, Pilar’s authority in the field was deployed to create exhibitions and source museum-quality works of the highest level for clients all over the world.

Ordovas, a new international private art gallery based in Mayfair, will draw on this body of knowledge to stage shows of exceptional standard and deliver a personalised service accessing rare, important works for collectors.

Mid morning break © David Dawson