Hemingway African Gallery & Safaris is a second generation enterprise in its 46th year, headquartered in New York City and spearheaded by the sibling partnership of Logan and Tuck Gaisford. Founded in 1975 by friends Brian Gaisford and Gregory Hemingway, Hemingway African Gallery & Safaris has spent more than four decades bringing artwork from across Africa to new audiences. The art and travel venture is dedicated to educating and inspiring patrons by spreading awareness of African artists, art preservation, and wildlife conservation.
Hemingway African Gallery’s collection is ethically-sourced, mainly directly from artisans across the continent, and ranges from antique to decorative. The only way to ensure artwork is collected ethically is to personally purchase all art in Africa directly from artists, artisans and trusted dealers at a fair price. While the African art industry continues to buzz, this family-run NYC gallery has quietly become one of the largest importers of African art in the city.
Brian’s story begins in South Africa where he grew up spending countless hours in the bush falling in love with Africa’s wilderness, wildlife and people. Over the years he grew passionate about african art due to its unwavering connection and recognition of the natural world.
In January 1975 Brian made his way to New York City where he met Gregory Hemingway at a tennis match and the idea for Hemingway African Gallery sparked. Although the Hemingway family is no longer affiliated with the gallery, we are forever grateful for our ongoing close friendship.
Today, Hemingway thoughtfully harmonizes authentic and historic artifacts, modern cultural home crafts, Shona stone sculpture, photographic safaris, targeted wildlife conservation, and philanthropic support for vulnerable communities. This multi-layered identity is due to Hemingway Gallery & Safaris’ prolific history.
The street-level gallery at 88 Leonard St. and the newly launched online store, brings African art, design, travel, and wildlife conservation under one roof to present visitors with a vision of the gallery’s next chapter as a destination for African aesthetics in the heart of Tribeca.