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 fa├žade 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. 


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