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.


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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Contemporary British Painting from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection at Huddersfield Art Gallery

I'm pleased to be part of this forthcoming exhibition:

Contemporary British Painting from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection

1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

Artists include:
Alison Pilkington, Iain Andrews, Paul Galyer, Jemima Watts, Monica Metsers, Annabel Dover, Andrew Munoz, James Quin, Lisa Denyer, Amanda Ansell, Fiona Eastwood, Been Head, Carter, Barbara Howey, Gideon Pain, Matthew Krishanu, Anne-Marie Kolthammer, Kelly Jayne, Wendy Elia, Silvie Jacob, Linda Ingham, Natalie Dowse, David Sullivan, Susannah Douglas, Greg Rook, Judy Tucker, Katherine Russell, Jules Clarke, Nicholas Middleton, Nathan Eastwood, Alex Hanna, Stephen Newton, Pen Dalton, Susan Gunn, David Ainley, Claudia Boese, Terry Greene, Julian Brown, Sue Kennington, Ben Cove, Andrew Crane, Bryan Lavelle, Mary Webb, Ruth Philo, Freya Purdue, Julie Umerle, Kirsty O’Leary Lesson, Marguerite Horner, Harvey Taylor, Sam Douglas, Robert Priseman, Sean Williams

Huddersfield Art Gallery
Princess Alexandra Walk

The Priseman-Seabrook Collection highlights work produced by artists practising in Britain in the 21st Century. The first showing of the collection will be at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Artists' Statement Generator

Dear Artists,

Are you having trouble with your artist's statement? No worries.... fear not. A few days ago tried this statement generator:

I know there are many around - but this one seemed fairly comprehensive!! Maybe give it a go to cure that writers block? Or simply for some fun whist you're scratching your head!!

WARNING: there will only be a limited amount of outcomes (I can't say how many as my Maths isn't good enough and I've long forgotten how to work out probability - something to do with hairpins!) but you could end up with exactly the same statement as many others. Best not use it for any prestigious exhibitions or publications then!

Here's mine:
"Natalie Dowse makes paintings and drawings. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Dowse investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, she makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

Her works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ghost (stitched)

Ghost (stitched), 2014
Cross-stitch on fabric
10.8cm x 13.2cm


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