Saturday, November 12, 2016

Latest news...

I can't believe it's been over a year since I've updated this blog with any news or updates. Time does fly and my blog has been well and truly neglected.

I have been steadily making work in the studio and have been involved in a number of exhibitions and projects this year: Sixty at Lubomirov Angus-Hughes and then at Art-Athina, Athens, the Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition at Quay Arts, IOW, Wells Art Contemporary, Art on a Postcard Secret Auction and 30 x 30 x 34, the 2016 Contemporary British Painting Annual Group Show, London. Please see the new six blog entries below outlining these projects in further detail.

This week I have been to see the British Art Show 8 in Southampton. The main event is spread over 3 venues, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Bargate Monument. I really enjoyed much of the show, although I didn't have enough time to view all of the film and video pieces!!!! However, for me the most outstanding work was by Ryan Gander, in particular, 'The way things collide, draughtsman's paper weight, meet ice cream tub' beautifully carved from Lime wood. I think this work is outstanding. As a close second I loved the paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and the wonderfully eery, thought provoking video piece by Rachel Maclean (although I didn't have time to view the full hour - so must go back).

The British Art Show 8 has many connected events alongside many fringe art events too. If you are in Southampton I also highly recommend extra{ordinary} - Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery at Solent Showcase, and their Southampton Pride of Place Project at 108 East Street, Southampton. extra{ordinary} is a national touring exhibition of over one hundred colour photos made over the past fifteens years, that shows the extraordinary in the everyday - this is a fantastic collection, with astute observations about our everyday surroundings with with a fine sense of humour too - I guarantee you will at the very least smile. The Southampton Pride of Place Project is a offsite participatory project where the general public can help The Caravan Gallery create a vibrant evolving exhibition celebrating the character of Southampton. So if you can, get yourself to Southampton for a fine creative feast.

Studio wall summer 2016 - watercolour on paper

I also highly recommend a beautiful exhibition Chainmail by Amartey Golding at the Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth. It is a small show that includes a stunning 10 minute video - well worth a visit but you need to be quick as it ends on the 20th November.

30 x 30 x 34, CBP Annual Group Show 2016, London

I am very pleased to announce that I am showing a piece of work in the 2016 Contemporary British Painting Annual Group Show 30 x 30 x 34, alongside an incredible line up of 34 artists:

Iain Andrews | Amanda Ansell | Day Bowman | Julian Brown | Ruth Calland | Marco Cali | Jules Clarke | Lucy Cox | Pen Dalton | Sam Douglas | Annabel Dover | Natalie Dowse | Terry Green | Susie Hamilton | Alex Hanna | Marguerite Horner | Matthew Krishanu | Bryan Lavell | David Lock | Paula MacArthur | Enzo Marra | Nicholas Middleton | Paul Newman | Kirsty O’Leary Leeson | Ruth Philo | Alison Pilkington | Freya Purdue | Katherine Russell | Wendy Saunders | Stephen Snoddy | David Sullivan | Ehryn Torrell | Judith Tucker | Sean Williams



Curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur.


8 November 2015 ‐ 4 January 2016
Monday ‐ Friday 9 ‐ 5, Saturday 9 ‐ 4, closed Sunday*
The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

Opening reception: 18 November 5 - 8 pm

* Very occasionally the crypt closes for private meetings, please phone ahead to check times if you are making a special journey to avoid any disappointment on either 020 7935 7315 or 07809 330592.

www.contemporarybritishpainting.com

Art on a Postcard, Secret Auction

This year I am very proud to be supporting the Art on a Postcard Secret Auction to help raise money for the Hepatitis C Trust charity.

I have donated two original postcard artworks to this exhibition.

"The Secret Auction will take place on 17 November 2016. International household names including Grayson Perry, Maggie Hambling, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Blake, Harland Miller Gilbert and George and host of Royal Academicians such as Ken Howard RA,  Mick Rooney RA, John Wragg RA, Rebecca Salter RA, Paul Huxley RA and Steven Farthing RA as well as emerging talent are within the 400 postcard sized artworks up for auction.

Bidders will be able to view the artworks in person at Maddox Gallery, Mayfair from 12 November. The auction will take place on 17 November. Commision bids can be made online for the 3 weeks leading up to the auction.

A list of the contributors’ names will be circulated before the sale, but the work will be anonymous until the auction has ended."

Full details can be found and bids can be placed via the Art on a Postcard website: http://www.artonapostcard.com/

Wells Art Contemporary

This year I was thrilled to be shortlisted for the Wells Art Contemporary with my painting Crocodile Tears 3. The exhibition was held, for the first time, in the Bishop's Palace in the beautiful surroundings of Wells Cathedral, Somerset from 8th - 22nd October 2016.

Crocodile Tears 3, oil on canvas, 46cm x 46cm, 2016
Crocodile Tears 3 between two Bishops
Remains of the tracery windows at Bishop's Palace, Wells 

CPB Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition
40 artists celebrating 40 years of Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
30th July - 15th October 2016


I was delighted to be part of the Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition this year in the West Gallery at Quays Arts, curated by fellow CBP artist Freya Purdue. An accompanying catalogue is available from Amazon (designed by yours truly).

David Ainley | Claudia Böse | Day Bowman | Emma Cameron | Simon Carter | Jules Clarke | Ben Cove | Lucy Cox | Andrew Crane | Pen Dalton | Lisa Denyer | Sam Douglas | Annabel Dover | Natalie Dowse | Wendy Elia | Paul Galyer | Terry Greene | Susan Gunn | Alex Hanna | Marguerite Horner | Barbara Howey | Phil Illingworth | Matthew Krishanu | Bryan Lavelle | Paula MacArthur | Enzo Marra | Monica Metsers | Nicholas Middleton | Paul Newman | Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson | Ruth Philo | Freya Purdue | James Quin | Katherine Russell | Wendy Saunders | David Sullivan | Ehryn Torrell | Judith Tucker | Julie Umerle | Sean Williams

Sixty, Art-Athina, Athens, Greece

SIXTY, Art-Athina, Platform Projects, Athens, Greece
24th - 29th May 2016
with Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes

My painting The Sum of the Parts No. 1 was selected, alongside 59 other artists, from the SIXTY London exhibition, to be shown at Art-Athina, Athens.

Image courtesy of Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, Art-Athina, Athens 2016
Selected artists:

Akiko Ban | Apollo Aabye | Ariadne Arendt | Artem Surkov | Bonita Alice | Catherine Morland | Charlie Warde | Colin Maitland | Cynthia Hsieh | Eirini Bogdanou | Elisavet Kalpaxi | Elizabeth Hannaford | Emma Coop | Evi Grigoropoulou | fluxIT | Follie Gioir | Gini Wade | house of o'dwyer | Hyeji Woo | Iasonas Kampanis | Imogen Welch | Irene Godfrey | Kaori Homma | Katherine Jones | Kirsty Harris | Laura Napier | Lisa Ivory | Maggie Learmonth | Mandy Hudson | Margita Yankova | Maria Letsiou | Mark Titchner | Metra Saberova | Natalie Dowse | Oliver Macdonald | Rebecca Byrne | Rebecca Key | Rebecca Meanley | Rolina E. Blok | Sarah Gillham | Sasha Bowles | Sharon Leahy-Clark | Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan | Simon Leahy-Clark | Sivan Lavie | Søren Kastalje | Tom Hackett | Victoria Rance | Wolfgang Berkowski

Curated by Anna Bleeker and Alessandra Falbo.

Sixty at Lubomirov Angus-Hughes, London

SIXTY
Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London, 13th - 22nd May 2016
Curated by Anna Bleeker and Alessandra Falbo

The Sum of the Parts No. 1, oil on MDF, 10cm x 10cm, 2014

"SIXTY is a curated two-part project in London and Athens predicated on notions of arbitrary political constraints. Sixty works of art were selected by different decision-making bodies or individuals, including a public vote, and subject to a variety of processes and criteria - physical, financial and political - testing the ability of artist and curator to navigate within structures offering both real and illusory choices and opportunities.

Artists were invited to submit artworks in any medium by posting through the gallery's 6cm by 24.5cm letterbox. All artworks received in this way were displayed in the gallery from 13 to 22 May alongside pieces from our collection of editions and small works. The gallery's directors selected 60 works from our collection and a further 60 works submitted via the open call were selected by a public vote at the private view. From each of the two bodies of 60 works, 30 were chosen by the project curators and together these final 60 works travelled to Platform Projects @ Art Athina, where they will be on show for 4 days."

Friday, October 30, 2015

Contemporary British Painting Group Show

I am very pleased to announce that I am showing a piece of work in the forthcoming Contemporary British Painting Group Show, alongside an incredible line up of 33 artists:

Ehryn Torrell | Sean Williams | Nicholas Middleton | Alex Hanna
Natalie Dowse | Day Bowman | Susie Hamilton | Lisa Denyer | Pen Dalton
Julie Umerle | Ruth Calland | Wendy Saunders | Claudia Böse | Enzo Marra
Sam Douglas | Marguerite Horner | Sue Kennington | Katherine Russell | Ruth Philo
David Sullivan | Julian Brown | Wayne Clough | Matthew Krishanu | Freya Purdue
Lee Maelzer | Linda Ingham | Greg Rook | James Quin | Alison Pilkington |
Gideon Pain | Susan Gunn | Barbara Pierson | Simon Burton

3 November 2015 ‐ 2 January 2016
Monday ‐ Friday 9 ‐ 5, Saturday 9 ‐ 4, closed Sunday
The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

www.contemporarybritishpainting.com


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age Publication

A new publication is available to accompany the forthcoming exhibition Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age.

The catalogue is edited, composited and designed by Robert Priseman, with essays by Robert Priseman, Sophie Cummings and Paul O'Kane, complete with images and biographies of all the artists.

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age is a group exhibition featuring the work of eleven contemporary painters: Nathan Eastwood, Natalie Dowse, Nicholas Middleton, Alex Hanna, David Sullivan, Katherine Russell, Robert Priseman, Wayne Clough, Barbara Howey, Lee Maelzer and Wendy Saunders.

You can view the full catalogue online here.

Alternatively you can purchase a hard copy from Amazon.

Exhibition: 2nd - 31st March 2015
St Marylebone Crypt, London

Other recent Publications:


Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting. 
2015 Catalogue.

The catalogue by Robert Priseman, features the work of over 40 contemporary painters.

You can view and download an online copy here.

Alternatively you can purchase a hard copy from Amazon.

A catalogue to accompany and celebrate the Priseman-Seabrook Collection, first exhibited at Huddersfield Art Gallery. See further information re the collection here.

@PaintBritain by Simon Carter

A catalogue of 45 contemporary painters to accompany the @PaintBritain exhibition at Ipswich Art School Gallery, from 15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015.

Available to buy at Amazon.

Many thanks to Robert Priseman, Founder and Simon Carter, Chairman of Contemporary British Painting.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Forthcoming Exhibition: Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age

I am pleased to announce that two of my recent paintings will be included in this group exhibition curated by Robert Priseman throughout March 2015.

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age




Curated by Robert Priseman this new exhibition explores how contemporary artists are utilising painting traditions of the past to ask challenging questions about the social realities of the 21st century.

Participating Artists: Nathan Eastwood, Natalie Dowse, Nick Middleton, Alex Hanna, David Sullivan, Katherine Russell, Robert Priseman, Wayne Clough, Barbara Howey, Lee Maelzer and Wendy Saunders.

Preview: Friday 6th March 2015, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition Dates: 2nd to 31st March 2015
Venue: St Marylebone Crypt, 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT
Open: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday

View the PRESS RELEASE

In Conversation Event:
Saturday 7th March - 2-4pm
Hosted by: Robert Priseman and Nathan Eastwood
Speakers: Robert Priseman & Paul O'Kane

View the 'In Conversation' PRESS RELEASE

Monday, November 17, 2014

Photographs from '@PaintBritain', Ipswich Art School Gallery


The '@PaintBritain' exhibition opened on Saturday 15th November at Ipswich Art School Gallery. The exhibition of contemporary British painting by 45 artists from across the UK runs until 8th March 2015.

Both '@PaintBritain' (Ipswich) and 'Contemporary British Painting' (currently on show at Huddersfield Art Gallery) are a result of the vision, hard work and energy of artists and curators Robert Priseman and Simon Carter (also the Founder and Chair, respectively, of Contemporary British Painting). Thank you Robert and Simon.

Photographs: Simon Carter.



Harvey Taylor (left), Marguerite Horner (right x 2)

David Sullivan (left x 2), Simon Burton (right)

Natalie Dowse (left x 2), Linda Ingram (middle x 2). Katherine Russell (right)

Julian Brown (left), Susan Gunn (middle), Lisa Denyer (right x 2)

Nick Middleton (left x 2) Amanda Ansell (middle), Kirsty O'Leary-Leeson (right)

Mary Webb (centre), Wendy Elia (right)

@PaintBritain: 15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Ipswich Art School Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays)
ADMISSION FREE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

@PaintBritain exhibition, Ipswich Art School Gallery

Opens 15th November 2014 to 8th March 2015

Contemporary British Painting presents '@PaintBritain' a new exhibition of contemporary British painting by 45 artists from across the UK.



15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Ipswich Art School Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays)
ADMISSION FREE

Below is a complete list of contributing artists: 

David Ainley, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Julian  Brown, Simon Burton, Simon Carter, Jules Clarke, Ben Cove, Andrew Crane, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Sam Douglas, Annabel Dover, Natalie Dowse, Wendy Elia, Fiona Eastwood, Nathan Eastwood, Paul Galyer, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Linda Ingham, Sue Kennington, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Monica Metsers, Nick Middleton, Andrew Munoz, Stephen Newton, Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson, Gideon Pain, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Robert Priseman, Freya Purdue, Greg Rook, Katherine Russell, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Judith Tucker, Julie Umerle, Mary Webb, Sean Williams.

Contemporary British Painting: Priseman-Seabrook Collection opening, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Yesterday saw the opening of Contemporary British Painting: Priseman-Seabrook Collection at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Here are a few images from the exhibition:


Exhibition poster featuring a painting by Matthew Krishanu 
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Installation view

Robert Priseman speaking at the opening
Installation view

Contemporary British Painting
The Priseman-Seabrook Collection

Exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

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My paintings 'Olga 1, 2 3' are included in this collection. Oil on canvas, 30.5 cm x 22.5cm each.


Olga 1, 2, 3

About this work:

Olga 1, 2, 3 is part of a larger series entitled Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, that focuses on gymnasts from the 1970s and 80s; a time when Eastern Bloc countries dominated the sport and used it to showcase their political agenda. This was a golden age in the sport, a period when gymnastics became increasingly popular in the UK, mainly due to the impish superstars who won the hearts and minds of their audience.


Like film stars immortalised in celluloid, these romanticised images of young ‘super beings’ tap into a fantasy of perfection, capturing an essence of a time, which beyond the imagery has many different facets from the personal and nostalgic to the political. These young athletes remain encapsulated and unchanged, forever young and haunting in our memories.

However, behind the façade of rehearsed expressions and conditioned routines is the reality of rigorous hard work, lost childhood and the aching bodies of these young women; alongside the fear of injury and the pressure to remain pre-pubescent and child-like, for a somewhat fleeting moment of perfection.

These paintings highlight the ‘in between’ moments rather than the routines themselves, depicting the gymnasts nervously waiting in the sidelines, anticipating their score, the joy of celebrating the perfect performance, or the anguish and disappointment of their mistakes. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Exhibition Press Release: Contemporary British Painting - The Priseman-Seabrook Collection


I'm included in this exhibition - opens Saturday 1st November 2014.

Press Release:
Contemporary British Painting
The Priseman-Seabrook Collection

Exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

What’s happening in British painting today?

In 2012 Robert Priseman set out to see if painting in Britain really was dead, as many cultural commentators have proclaimed. With the rise of video, installation and new media art, it seemed as though painting as a viable means of human expression has been completely wiped off the agenda. Yet this it turns out, is very definitely not the case.

A British born artist himself, Robert Priseman has paintings in many international art collections, from the V&A in London to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, and in 2012 he set out on a mission to unearth and collect some of the most exciting painting being produced in the United Kingdom today. This has now formed the foundation of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

In his quest, Robert discovered there is a growing, dynamic and vibrant painting scene happening right around the country, right now - with many serious artists working out of garages, spare bedrooms and garden studios. This new generation of British painters are creating artistic networks outside the old establishment structures of the Tate and Arts Council by using Twitter and Facebook. They are forging active critical connections from the ground up, creating forums for discussing painting such as Abstract Critical, Paint Club and Turps Banana, as well as many artist-led exhibition spaces like the Lion and Lamb, Studio 1.1, The Transition Gallery and Pluspace.

Using painting they’re asking questions such as: How do we feel about our country in the light of our past conflicts? What do our engagements with the Middle East reveal about ourselves? And does the mass-media provide a true mirror to our humanity? In their work we see a sustained interest in the advancement of abstract painting, responses to the landscape connected to environmental issues and the development of a new kind of non-specific representational narrative painting. This new realism draws largely from photographic sources obtained via the internet, television, cell phones, newspapers and family albums.

Artists represented in this new collection, which is on display for the very first time at Huddersfield Art Gallery include the Sovereign European Art Prize winner Susan Gunn, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Artslant Prize winner Alison Pilkington, Wyss Foundation Painting Prize winner Harvey Taylor, Birtle Prize for Painting winner Simon Burton, Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner and East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood.

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For further information and high resolution images, please contact Grant Scanlan (Senior Curator) on 01484 223807 or 0752 898 8862.
grant.scanlan@kirklees.gov.uk

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