exhibitions and events

Colour: A Kind of Bliss
Curated by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue

Julian Brown | Lucy Cox | Jeff Dellow | David Manley | Andy Parkinson | Freya Purdue

“Colour is a kind of bliss . . . like a closing eyelid . . . a tiny fainting spell.”  Roland Barthes

Tuesday 5 April – Friday 30 June 2017
Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 4pm*

The Crypt, St Marylebone Paris Church, 17 Marylebone Road London, NW1 5LT*
Occasionally, The Crypt closes for private meetings; you can phone ahead to check times:
020 7935 7315 or 07809330592

Private View: Tuesday 11 April 6 – 8PM
Panel Discussion: Friday 9 June 3 – 5PM
Download the catalogue Colour: A Kind of Bliss here.
Colour: A Kind of Bliss brings together six British painters concerned with different approaches to the use of intense energy and luminous qualities of colour. Through varying densities of paint and chroma, saturation and de-saturation, their paintings realise direct emotive forms resulting in both subtly and vibrancy. Painting for these artists working in the field of abstraction/non-figuration is a synthesis of ideas, drawing and colour.

In the vast expanding digital world, we have become entranced by momentary glimpses of virtual light and colour, unable to arrest or capture fast moving, subliminal and evanescent experiences. This relationship has become a new condition for the human spirit, perhaps a kind of bliss in its own right, somewhat disconnected from nature. The screen distraction separates us from the power of colour in the natural world and our instinctive awareness and sensibilities of perception; encountering fleeting images of light is not the same as experiencing the contemplation of colour in the physical world. This polarity is conveyed in a number of ways.

Some artists express the meeting and departure between virtual and physical spaces, and the playful possibilities of optical illusion; others retreat into memories, music or philosophical and mystical thought, occasionally slipping back into physicality and the processes of seeing and understanding. All of these concerns embody colour as a kind of bliss, a never-ending kaleidoscope for both the painter and the viewer.

Text written by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue

Julian Brown lives in Brighton and works in London. Brown studied at Liverpool John Moores University (1993-96) and the Royal Academy Schools (1998-2001). He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a member of Contemporary British Painting. Recent exhibitions include ‘We Live Now’, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester (2017) and  ‘A Sense of Wonder’, York College Gallery (2016). Brown was long-listed for the John Moores Painting Prize (2016) and shortlisted for the Marmite Prize in Painting IV (2012). 

Lucy Cox studied at Wimbledon College of Arts (2013-2015); she lives and studies in London. Exhibitions include ‘Geometry: Wonky and Otherwise’, Deda, Derby and ‘Piercing the Veil’, Simmons & Simmons, London (2015). Cox is showing in the forthcoming ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’, Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum, Artall and Nanjing, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing (2017). She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and has work in The Priseman Seabrook Collection.

Jeff Dellow lives and works in London and has been painting for over thirty years. Dellow studied at St Martins School of Art (1968-69), Maidstone College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art (class of 1974). National and international exhibitions include The John Moores Painting Prize (1976 and 1989; 1991 prize winner), The London Group Open (1988 and 2015), ‘Window’, Pluspace Projects, Redditch, ‘Conference of The Birds’, Iklectic, London (2015) and ‘Colour and Otherness’, Grace Teshima Gallery, Paris (2014). Dellow has a forthcoming solo show at The Cut, Halesworth (2017) and is a member of The London Group (since 2015).  

David Manley lives and works in Kegworth, Leicestershire. Manley’s solo and group exhibitions include ‘All of My Senses at Once’, Harrington Mill, Derbyshire (2016), ‘[about] Painting’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014) and ‘Deadly Delicious’, Tarpey Gallery, Derby (2013). His curatorial projects include ‘Happy Little Fat Man – the art of Kevin Coyne’, (2014) and ‘Geometry: Wonky and Otherwise’, Derby (2014/15). Manley’s work is held in The Priseman Seabrook Collection.

Andy Parkinson lives and works in Nottingham. Exhibitions include ‘Abstractions’, Line Gallery, Stroud (2017), ‘Echo Spectrum’, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2017), ‘Imperfect Reverse’, Camberwell Space, London (2016); ‘Summer Mix’, Turps Banana Gallery, London (2015) and ‘Generator’, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent (2015). His work is held in The Priseman Seabrook Collection.

Freya Purdue lives and works on the Isle of Wight. Purdue studied at St Martins School of Art (1978-81) and Chelsea School of Art (1981-82); subsequent awards include the Digswell Arts Fellowship and the Boise and Villers David Travelling Scholarships. Purdue has exhibited nationally and internationally; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Gimpel Fils, London, L.T.G. New Delhi and Galeria Stara Bwa, Lublin. She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and has work in The Priseman Seabrook Collection, and is showing in the forthcoming ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’, Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum, Artall, Nanjing and Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing (2017).
For sales and enquires, please contact Lucy Cox, lucybcox@outlook.com and Freya Purdue, freyapurdue@googlemail.com

With thanks to: Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Parish Church & Natalie Dowse (flyer and catalogue design)

Julian Brown
Mono Fauna

Exhibition Dates: 3 – 8th April 2017

Exhibition Venue: Westminster Art Library 35, St Martin’s Street London WC2H 7HP
Julian Brown was born in 1974 and trained at The Royal Academy Schools. Of his paintings Julian says  ‘The imagery in my work is very heavily influenced by childhood visions and the folk art from my mother Polish heritage. Both of these worlds have a handmade geometric quality that has a playful and primitive relevance to the world we now live in.

I try to explore this ‘clunkiness’ with tactile images that sit somewhere between order and chaos, structure and collapse, expression and control. While the underpinning of the process is held together by predetermined structures, the freewheeling application is purposely engaging and ambivalent to the expressive urge to dictate the paintings.’

Public collections include China Academy of Art, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Debenhams and Oliver Spencer, while awards Include British Academy and Debenhams travel bursary.
His work will feature in the upcoming touring exhibition of China ‘Contemporary Masters From Britain’ at the Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing  and Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum, July –  October 2017
*Mon-Fri 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm (Sun closed)

Exhibitions at St. Marylebone London
Open call for Curated Group Painting Exhibitions 2017-18

Contemporary British Painting run a programme of intimate group shows which explore ideas around the relevance of painting in the digital age in the crypt, St. Marylebone Church, London. We are inviting proposals from artists for future exhibitions… Read More

Amanda Ansell
Rearranging Curves

Exhibition Dates: 30th January – 4th February 2017
Opening reception is on Wednesday 1st February 6.30 – 8.30pm please join us

Exhibition Venue: Westminster Reference Library 35, St Martin’s Street London WC2H 7HP
Amanda Ansell was born 1976 in Sudbury, Suffolk and studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design (1995-1998) and The Slade School of Fine Art (1998-2000).

This rare and intimate solo exhibition showcases a series of brand new abstract paintings by Ansell which reflect upon intimate spaces and the natural environment, and consider how we might physically, visually and emo-tionally experience a sense of place.

She has been an exhibitor at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Firstsite in Essex and The Royal Academy, London with recent exhibitions including ‘Present Tense’ at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’ and Contemporary British Painting’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
Her work will feature in the upcoming exhibition ‘Contemporary Masters From Britain’ at the Nanjing Art Museum, in October 2017
*Mon-Fri 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm (Sun closed)
Download the press release for Rearranging Curves by Amanda Ansell here.

Merge Visible
Curated by Charley Peters

Lisa Denyer | Ian Goncharov | Phil IIlingworth | Sarah Longworth-West | Lee Marshall | Laurence Noga | Playpaint | Clare Price
PV: Tuesday 17th January, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 18th Jan – 24th March
Panel discussion Saturday 18th March 2-4pm: Painter, Curator and Director of Turps Gallery Juan Bolivar in conversation with Merge Visible artists Lisa Denyer, Ian Goncharov, Lee Marshall, Clare Price and exhibition curator Charley Peters.
Merge Visible brings together a group of British painters who combine multiple visual elements or processes, enabling many fragments of information to be seen simultaneously in one assimilated painted image. They engage with techniques of layering and juxtaposition as a means of exploring the materiality of paint, creating new meaning from disparate forms and disrupting the syntax of pictorial composition.

‘Merge Visible’ is an action in Photoshop whereby separate layers are compressed together to make one unified image. This flattening of pictorial elements into a consolidated viewpoint is symptomatic of our everyday experiences in the contemporary image world, in which a constant stream of rapidly shared simulacra enter our consciousness hundreds of times each day on television, computer and phone screens. In his 1435 treatise on painting, ‘De pictura’ (English: ‘On Painting’) Leon Battista Alberti declared his consideration of the frame of the painting as ‘an open window through which I see what I want to paint.’ Today we are used to seeing multiple windows at the same time, and through them we fluidly experience a stream of pixelated images. We are living at a time when the virtual space of the digital screen is the prevailing means by which we view and understand the world – often seeing several ‘windows’ at once full of images, icons and texts which can all have their own individual temporal, spatial, and aesthetic registers. Within the scope of our vision these disparate components are given meaning in relation to each other, coming together into a perceptual meta-logic.

The artists shown in Merge Visible do not execute their work using digital imaging techniques, but instead construct the pictorial experience in similar ways, bringing traditional painterly tropes into dialogue with our experiences of reading space, material and subject in the contemporary image world. The digital environment has influenced the way in which we understand pictorial conventions; the layered logic of Photoshop has affected our comprehension of colour, depth and volume, its painting tools our recognition of a distinct quality of line, and the multitude of windows visible on our computer screens at one time has normalised fragmented spatial composition – all of which relate to the formal considerations that lead to an artist’s application of paint to surface. In our cut-and-paste culture the combination of numerous painterly elements is both symbolic of an ever-generating visual environment and simultaneously transcends it, reinforcing the physical textures and haptic qualities of the painted surface as a contrast to the dematerialised space of the screen. The paintings included in Merge Visible are at once suggestive of our vast yet disembodied relationships with the image in the digital age, yet they remain manifestly ‘painterly’ in nature.

Download catalogue as pdf.

Download critical essay as pdf.

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church
*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
*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.

2016 Contemporary British Painting Group Show
30 x 30 x 34

Exhibition Dates: 8 November 2016 – 4 January 2017
The 2016 group show ’30 x 30 x 34′ is an exhibition of small works by 34 artists from Contemporary British Painting

Curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur.
Opening reception is on 18 November 5 – 8 pm – please join us.

| 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 |

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church

*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)

*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.

Solo show by Matthew Krishanu

Expatriates is a solo exhibition of paintings of English expatriates in India and Bangladesh. The portraits are shown alongside fragmentary landscapes that depict trees, overgrown ruins, and old missionary buildings. A colonial history of cultural power and exchange is evoked – represented in the poses the expatriates assume, the clothes (or costumes) they wear, and the buildings and scenery they inhabit.

Matthew Krishanu was born in Bradford, UK, and spent his childhood in Bangladesh.

Expatriates is the first of a series of solo shows programmed by Contemporary British Painting, an artist-led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting.

Preview: 6 – 8pm Wednesday 26 October 2016
Dates: 27 October to Saturday 05 November 2016
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 10am – 8pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday closed

Address: Westminster Reference Library (1st floor), 35 St Martin’s Street, London, WC2H 7HP

Matthew Krishanu (b. 1980) lives in London. He completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2009. Recent exhibitions include: Aviary, Transition Gallery (2016); Contemporary Drawings from China, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an Province (2015); Another Country, The Nunnery (2014); Mission (solo), St Marylebone Crypt, London (2013); We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1Shanthiroad Gallery, Bangalore (2013).

The exhibition is curated with Anneka French.

Matthew Krishanu will be in conversation with writer and curator Hamja Ahsan at 3pm on Saturday 05 November 2016.

Websites: www.matthewkrishanu.com | www.contemporarybritishpainting.com
Contact Details / Press Enquiries: matthew@matthewkrishanu.com

Slippery & Amorphous, NYC
Group Painting Exhibition Hosted by ArtHelix

Contemporary British Painting is pleased to present Slippery & Amorphous, a group painting exhibition hosted by ArtHelix at the 2nd Bushwick International Exposition in Brooklyn, New York. Featuring the work of 10 painters, this exhibition explores the slippery nature of paint and the elusive language of painting which is central to these painters’ practice.

Julian Brown  Simon Carter    Nadine Feinson   Paul Galyer   Paula MacArthur   James Petrucci  Alison Pilkington   Wendy Saunders   Ilona Szalay   Mimei Thompson

The Bushwick International Exposition 2016 is the second biennial international collaborative exposition of galleries and projects in and around Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC and was developed by

Sluice http://sluice.info/er2016  Theodore:Art http://theodoreart.com  Centotto http://centotto.com

Paula MacArthur and Wendy Saunders of Contemporary British Painting cordially invite you to attend; we will be open daily 12 – 6pm, Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2016, with a special private view evening on Saturday 22 October from 6pm  ArtHelix, 289 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206   https://arthelix.com

For any additional info please contact :

Paula MacArthur paulamacarthur@me.com

Wendy Saunders wendymsaunders@gmail.com



Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper
First Shown at The Minories, Colchester

Cai Longfei | Chu Shaowei | Cong Ruri | Gu Xiang | Guo Tao | Guo Zichun | He Tianqi | He Yating | Hu Fan | Hu Zuhao | Ji Xiaodan | Jiao Ye | Li Ma| Li Mingxing | Liao Zongrong | Liu De | Su Jie | Sunlei | Tong Yilun | Wang Chao | Wang Fenghua | Yao Zhihui | Zhang Danni | Zhao Jia | Zhong Xiaojing | Zhou Chaowei | Zhou Pu | Zhou Zhongming |

A series of 35 Chinese works on paper showcased in London for the very first time.
Download the catalogue Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper here.

Curators: Marco Cali, He Yating, Mengmeng Wang

These stunning artworks give a snapshot of the current work and concerns for those living through one of the greatest social upheavals in modern times. There is so much here, a rich mixture of contemporary and traditional imagery often merged in very individual ways but all carrying a sense of change and longing. This encounter has come about from an exhibition of contemporary drawings by British based artist staged at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in December 2015. Whilst there, Robert Priseman and Marco Cali met local artists, visiting many in their studios. The energy of the economic boom in China is overwhelming. Buildings are being put up at a phenomenal rate and although still centrally governed, the media and social spaces of these cities are a theatre of modern restlessness tearing away from traditional mores. Social conditions hold a strong influence over the way artists in China choose to approach their work.

Jiao Ye was one of eight children and his father owned a major share in Xi’an’s city cinema. When the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) swept across China, his father’s business was taken from them. In this period artists were expected to produce works sympathetic to the communist cause and adhere strictly to a Social Realist style of painting. However, as Jiao Ye grew in confidence, he realised he wanted to reject these teachings and evolve a style which embraced the free flowing forms of abstract expressionist painting. The gestural nature of his mark making embraced individuality and referenced the traditional brush work of Chinese calligraphy as well as resonating strongly with American painters such as Cy Twombly, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Sam Francis and Helen Frankenthaler. By depicting the forgottn landscapes of his native city, Wang Fenshua has managed to fuse ideas around the rapid social expansion his generation has experienced with historical continuity. By combining an idisyncratic technique and the abstract beauty of natural forms, Jiao Ye aimed to create paintings which celebrate fertility, freedom and non-conformity.

Wang Fenghua, born during the heart of the cultural revolution in 1971 paints in a photorealist style notable for its poetic portrayal of the lost, neglected and abandoned places of his native Xi’an. The people-less environments he depicts are deeply moving and have a strong emotional resonance with the work of western painters like Casper David Friedrich and Atkinson Grimshaw combined with the modern sensibilities of Richard Estes, John Salt and George Shaw.

He Yating has a fascination with western art and media, in particular a love of films and the glamour of the movie stars they showcase. Born in 1980, she is of the One-Child generation of ‘only’ children. This policy was phased out in 2015 and for those of this age that are also parents like He Yating, there are the twin pressures of raising their own children and simultaneously looking after ageing parents as it the tradition in China. Her work tends towards an over-abundance, an exaggeration of something that, in the end, is itself ephemeral.

See the ‘Pick of the Week’ listing Guardian Guide here.

Exhibition Dates: 1 October to Saturday 3 – 31 October 2016 at The Crypt, St Marylebone, London*
Open to the public and admission is free.

*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
*Very occasionally the crypt St Marylebone 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.

Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition 2016
40 artists celebrating 40 years of Quay Arts

David Ainley | Claudia Böse | Day Bowman | Emma Cameron | Simon Carter | Jules Clark | 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

Contemporary British Painting would like to thank Georgia Newman and her colleagues at Quay Arts for their help and support and for hosting the exhibition; Wendy Saunders and the advisory panel at CBP for their continued dedication and hard work; all the artists who have provided the paintings for the show; Natalie Dowse for designing the catalogue and all our publicity material; and of course Freya Purdue for conceiving, planning and organising the exhibition.

30th July – 15th October 2016
Preview: Saturday 30th July, 3pm – 5pm
Panel Discussion: Sunday 31st July, 2.30pm

Download the catalogue here

The West Gallery, Quay Arts
Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD
Gallery Open: Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Admission Free

Real Lives Painted Pictures
six women painters

Exhibition Dates: 4 July – 29 September 2016
Rebecca Fortnum | Susie Hamilton | Barbara Howey | Eleanor Moreton | Lexi Strauss | Jacqueline Utley

Curated by Barbara Howey
Six women painters.

4th August 3.00-5.00 Eliza Gluckman in Conversation with the Artists

Download a press release here
Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church

*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
Opening reception: Thursday 14 July 2016 6 – 8pm
*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.

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016
The New Prize for Painters

Louis Appleby | David Auborn | Aglaé Bassens | Karl Bielik | Katrina Blannin | John Brennan | Lindsey Bull | Nick Carrick | Dan Coombs | Gordon Dalton | Marielle Hehir | Cathy Lomax | Kate Lyddon | Mandy Payne | Paul Smith |

“There can be no better, more sensitive or more serious way than ‘The Contemporary British Painting Prize’ to discover and assess the exciting new directions being taken by painters in Britain today.”
Michael Peppiatt, Art Critic and Curator

“A great example of artists taking matters into their own hands…”
Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine

“Although only in its first year, the Contemporary British Painting prize has drawn 631 entries of outstanding quality from both emerging and well-known artists and has set a benchmark for the nation.”
Anna McNay, Art writer

The Contemporary British Painting Prize opens in 2016 and is designed for all artists in the UK who are engaged in contemporary painting practice. The winner will receive a solo show of their work in 2017 at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, a critical essay on their painting by art critic Paul O’Kane (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and regular contributor to Art Monthly) and a £2,000 purchase prize of their work which will then enter the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

“The Contemporary British Painting Prize offers us fresh and exciting perspectives on the new, dynamic and idiosyncratic trends being taken by painters in Britain today.”
Jessica Twyman, Director, Art Exchange

“A new painting prize with the explicit aim of exploring and promoting current British trends in the medium.”

Download the catalogue Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016 here. The catalogue includes an introduction by Robert Priseman as well as illustrations by all 15 artists.

Exhibition Dates: 10 September to 22 October 2016 at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond on Thames and 5 November – 28 January 2017 at Huddersfield Art Gallery
Open to the public and admission is free.