exhibitions and events

Contemporary Masters From Britain
80 British Paintings of the 21st Century

Between the 7th July 2017 and 10th January 2018, 80 works of art drawn from the Priseman Seabrook Collection will go on display in 4 Chinese art museums for the very first time. (The Priseman Seabrook Collection is an official collection partner of Art UK)

The host institutions are the Yantai Art Museum, Yantai, 11 July to 3 August, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, 10 – 27 October, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing 29 October – 16 November, and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, 1 December – 10 January 2018

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The artists exhibiting include: 
David Ainley,  Iain Andrews,  Amanda Ansell,  Louis Appleby,  Richard Baker,  Karl Bielik,  Claudia Böse,  Day Bowman,  John Brennan,  Julian Brown,  Simon Burton,  Marco Cali,  Ruth Calland,  Emma Cameron,  Simon Carter,  Jules Clarke,  Ben Cove,  Lucy Cox,  Andrew Crane,  Pen Dalton,  Jeffrey Dennis,  Lisa Denyer,  Sam Douglas,  Annabel Dover,  Natalie Dowse,  Fiona Eastwood,  Nathan Eastwood,  Wendy Elia,  Geraint Evans, Lucian Freud,  Paul Galyer, Pippa Gatty, Terry Greene,  Susan Gunn,  Susie Hamilton,  Alex Hanna,  David Hockney,  Marguerite Horner,  Barbara Howey,  Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham,  Matthew Krishanu,  Bryan Lavelle,  Laura Leahy, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax,  Clementine McGaw,  Paula MacArthur,  Lee Maelzer,  David Manley,  Enzo Marra,  Monica Metsers,  Nicholas Middleton,  Andrew Munoz,  Keith Murdoch,  Paul Newman,  Stephen Newton,  Gideon Pain,  Andrew Parkinson,  Mandy Payne,  Charley Peters,  Ruth Philo,  Barbara Pierson,  Alison Pilkington,  Robert Priseman,  Freya Purdue,  Greg Rook,  Katherine Russell, Wendy Saunders,  Stephen Snoddy,  David Sullivan,  Harvey Taylor,  Ehryn Torrell, Delia Tournay-Godfrey,  Judith Tucker,  Julie Umerle , Mary Webb,  Rhonda Whitehead,  Sean Williams,  Fionn Wilson 

Along with the exhibition, six of the exhibiting artists – Marco Cali, Julian Brown, Lucy Cox, Judith Tucker, Freya Purdue and Robert Priseman – will travel to China to talk on the subject of British painting in light of the digital revolution and explore why the hand-made work of art is more relevant today than it has ever been, connecting directly as it does with the profound human need to touch, feel and mediate emotion.

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The Landscape of Time
Curated by Antonia Jackson

This exhibition, hosted by Contemporary British Painting, brings together artists Helen Bermingham, Tom Down, Susie Hamilton, Antonia Jackson, Nicole Price and Ed Saye who explore the idea of time and memory through their painting practice ranging from the figurative to the semi abstract.

Testcard P
Curated by Marco Cali

Artists:

Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Louis Appleby, Richard Baker, Karl Bielik, Day Bowman, Marco Calí, Ruth Calland, Lucy Cox, Pen Dalton, Natalie Dowse, Fiona Eastwood, Pippa Gatty, Susan Gunn, Susie Hamilton, Alex Hanna, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax, Paula MacArthur, Enzo Marra, Keith Murdoch, Cara Nahaul, Paul Newman, Gideon Pain, Ruth Philo, Barbara Peirson, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, Katherine Russell, Wendy Saunders, Stephen Snoddy, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Ehryn Torrell, Fionn Wilson, Sean Williams.

Saturday 30th September 2017 to Thursday 11th January The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church

2018 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm*

Private View Tuesday 3rd October, 6-8pm

Panel Discussion, Friday 17th November, 3-5pm

The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT

Over the last few years, Contemporary British Painting has staged a program of exhibitions in the crypt of St Marylebone Church, one of the aims has been to provide a forum for discussion on current painting practice.

As underlined in the recent group show Anything Goes? at Art Bermondsey curated by Anna McNay, the one thing that characterises contemporary painting is that each artist pursues a very individual practice. Gone are the days when ‘isms’ gave us useful labels by which to identify an art movement as defined by a group of artists. Instead current painters borrow, beg and steal from every imaginable source in service to the art to which they are devoted. Alongside this, each artist, painter or not, engages in an ongoing dialogue with her or his peers, of which there is a vast pool both historically as well as currently. This dialogue takes place in as many ways as there are of approaching the making of art, from direct copying to responses alongside or in opposition to someone’s work. In any case, the very nature of painting is one of putting in the hours in whatever serves as a studio, a hermit-like pursuit in front of a flat surface. Each painting produced with this intention, is itself a strong statement that adds to the mix and then seeds others in turn.

With this in mind, the theme of this exhibition is works that the artist feels are something new or different with their own practice over the year. These are not necessarily ‘finished’ as such, but instead provide stimulus to a discussion as to what has happened over the last twelve months. As such, they might be sketches, drawings or indeed completed canvases.

The new or different area of practice could well be a radical departure or indeed very slight. In either event, the purpose of this exhibition is not necessarily to showcase completed works that might be considered ready for sale in the usual sense. Instead, the artists have very generously opened up their practices and have invited us to experience something that they feel is worth discussing.

Contemporary British Painting is a strong community and this is a great opportunity to see what normally does not leave the studio. It gives a chance to be with the artist and view, meet and discuss what is happening right now.

* Occasionally the Crypt closes for private meetings, you can phone ahead to check the times on 020 7935 7315 or 07809 330592

PIY PaintLounge
At Sluice Biennial 2017

PIY PaintLounge is a salon exhibition, fundraiser and series of conversations with over 40 contemporary painters and arts professionals talking about painting as a part of Sluice Biennial 2017.

Press and VIP Viewing 12 -3pm Saturday 30th September
Public Preview 3 – 9pm

PaintLounge opening talk at 4pm Saturday 30th September with painter Sara Berman, artist Jude Cowan Montague, collector Valeria Napoleone and curator Niamh White. The opening preview and drinks continues till 9pm along with all exhibitions at Sluice Biennial. 

40 plus contemporary painters and curators take a turn on the sofa in a series of talks throughout the Biennial: Sunday 1, Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October 12 -6pm. Artist speakers will also be exhibiting work in our PaintLounge.Please see below for full schedule of exhibitor/speakers.

In addition, PIY PaintLounge is taking this opportunity to support Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity, and highlight as many painters as possible with a unique fundraising exhibition of small works.  The ’Make Your Mark’ exhibition will support Hospital Rooms with 20 x 20cm painted works sold for £30 each, with all profits to go to support the charity. The makers of submitted works will remain anonymous until after Sluice, when they will be posted to the purchaser and their identities revealed.

PIY PaintLounge is a collaborative project between paintbritain and PaintUnion which aims to bring as many painters as possible together to discuss and celebrate painting in all its many and various forms as part of the Sluice Biennial 2017 in Hackney. PaintUnion, founded by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton, organises exhibitions and talks about painting. Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur are organising this Contemporary British Painting project under the name of paintbritain

Sluice Biennial 2017 — the fourth biennial international fair of artist-run galleries and projects. This year the fair will feature approximately 30 artist/curator-run and emerging galleries and projects in several spaces in the heart of Hackney Central, East London. Entry to the fair, talks, screenings and performances are all free to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact us at piypaintlounge@gmail.com

Exhibitors/speakers

Sara Berman, Katrina Blannin, Isha Bøhling, Simon Burton, Rebecca Byrne, Marcus Cope, Emma Cousin, Jude Cowan Montague, Graham Crowley, Karen David, Rosalind Davis, Liz Elton, Oli Epp, Geraint Evans, Nadine Feinson, Alastair Gordon, Bea Haines, Adam Hennessey, Alice Irwin, Ann-Marie James, Matthew Krishanu, Mindy Lee, Paula MacArthur, Sophie Mackfall, Stacie McCormick, Clare Mitten, Ian Monroe, Sid Motion, Valeria Napoleone, Sarah Pager, Selma Parlour, Fabian Peake, Becca Pelly-Fry, Charley Peters, Ruth Philo, Clare Price, Tamsin Relly, Giulia Ricci, Wendy Saunders, Tim A Shaw, Dominic Shepherd, Susan Sluglett, Geraldine Swayne, Jo Volley, Niamh White, Tess Williams, Sue Williams A’Court

Programme of talks
Saturday 30 September

4pm – Sara Berman, Jude Cowan Montague, Niamh White, Valeria Napoleone

Sunday 1 October
12.30pm
– Emma Cousin, Oli Epp, Adam Hennessey, Alice Irwin
2pm – Sophie Mackfall, Sid Motion, Selma Parlour
3.30pm – Karen David, Ann-Marie James, Ian Monroe
5pm – Marcus Cope, Alastair Gordon, Paula MacArthur, Sarah Pager

Monday 2 October
12.30pm
– Becca Pelly-Fry, Stacie McCormick, Jo Volley, Tess Williams
2pm – Graham Crowley, Rosalind Davis, Clare Mitten
3.30pm – Bea Haines, Clare Price, Tim Shaw, Geraldine Swayne 
5pm – Isha Bøhling, Charley Peters, Giulia Ricci

Tuesday 3 October
12.30pm
, Katrina Blannin, Nadine Feinson, Ruth Philo
2pm – Liz Elton, Tamsin Relly, Dominic Shepherd
3.30pm – Simon BurtonGeraint EvansMatthew KrishanuWendy Saunders, Sue Williams A’Court
5pm – Rebecca Byrne, Mindy Lee, Fabian Peake, Susan Sluglett

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Drawing into Landscape
Curated by Marco Cali

Amanda Ansell | Emily Ball | Simon Carter | Keith Murdoch
Curated by Marco Cali
 
1 July – 28 September 2017
The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church
 
Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
 
Over the last few years, Contemporary British Painting has staged a program of exhibitions in the crypt of St Marylebone Church.
 
Most of us live in cities and only ever experience landscape in a fleeting and somewhat fragmentary way. It no longer makes up the everyday background to our daily lives. Yet, deep down we are still drawn back to it. Landscape, the colour, the light, the substance of the air even, is something that for us is deeply symbolic and full of spiritual weight.
 
The current show brings together four artists who take landscape as their subject and who share an element of working outdoors in their otherwise studio-based practice. They all have continuous, persistent, repeated encounters with a very specific aspect of the outdoors, that result in complex emotive paintings. Normally only the final paintings are put on display, so that the thought process behind each one is not available to us. This exhibition allows us to look at their individual working methods.
 
Along with finished paintings are drawings, sketches and notes that lead to the completed work. These are the warts-and-all of each painter’s work. We can glimpse over their shoulder as they go on their walks or take a moment to contemplate the same view. Then, paradoxically, we can follow them back indoors away from that place, where they endeavour to create something of that experience. They only have photos perhaps and these bits of paper with their scribbles and smudges as visual references. Their practice is one of finding painterly equivalents to that moment at that time in that place.
 
This method of working is perhaps as old as painting itself. What is surprising is how these very internal monologues that each has between themselves and the landscape in question, should result in works that have such universal resonance. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to see the alchemy that they practice, creating works that somehow convey this unique and personal experience.
 
 
(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.)

The Yellow Wallpaper
Paintings by Jules Clarke

Westminster Reference Library Exhibition Space

3-8 July 2017

Mon–Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 2pm

Private view Mon 3 July 6-8pm

As part of an ongoing series of solo shows featuring artists from the Contemporary British Painters group, Jules Clarke will be showing new work from 3-8 July.

The fluidity of paint is used to describe one moment becoming another; an unstable world explored through the withdrawal of a still image from a moving one. The relationship between the hand-made mark and digital traces of an event creates a turbulent painted space where borders between people and things can become ambiguous, allowing new forms to emerge like animals or ghosts. Patterns fold subjects into their surroundings, as people become part of the curtains or a cabin combines with the woods.

‘The Yellow Wallpaper’(1892) is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The subject’s emotional state is linked to the yellow wallpaper of a room where she is confined as a ‘rest cure’ following the birth of her first child. Her account tracks her own mental breakdown as she sees a woman trapped in the pattern of the wallpaper.

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Paint Ground
Solo exhibition by Ruth Philo

31 July – 5 August
Westminster Art Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
 
Monday to Friday 10 – 8pm, Saturday 10 – 5pm
 
These paintings explore walking and paint.  The slow physical act of walking the ground and the equally physical act of making a painting: sourcing pigments, stretching canvas, priming grounds and painting a flat surface to make the physical presence of a painting.  These have occupied Ruth in her work in both a philosophical and a material sense.  Her paintings are concerned with colour, light and surface and aim to convey a sensory experience through abstraction. The materiality of the paint and the process itself interplay, with the paintings becoming a record revealing condensed histories in their surfaces. Ruth has a background in Archaeology and Art History and an MA Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of Contemporary British Painting, exhibiting widely in the UK & in 2015 had work selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Ruth also curates shows including Lines for Agnes at St Marylebone Parish Church, London in 2015.  She works from a studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester.  
 
 
Opening view Tuesday 1 August, 5.30 – 8.30 pm
with talks on Contemporary Abstraction at 6pm by Wen Wang, Yantai Art Museum, China and painters Julian Brown and Ruth Philo
 
 
 
 
 

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

Biographies
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.

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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.

Expatriates
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

PRESS RELEASE

 

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

Acknowledgements:
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.”
A-N

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.

Selected Works
From the Priseman Seabrook Collection

Francis Bacon | Julian Brown |Simon Burton | Simon Carter | Ben Cove | Nathan Eastwood | Tracey Emin | Lucian Freud | Terry Green | Susan Gunn | Susie Hamilton | Alex Hanna | David Hockney | Matthew Krishanu | Stephen Newton | Gideon Pain | Wendy Saunders | Colin Self

A unique art collection dedicated to 21st century British Painting, the Priseman Seabrook Collection holds over 100 paintings produced by leading artists practicing in Britain today. It first went on museum display between November 2014 and March 2015 at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Read reviews in Artlyst, Creative Kirklees and The Yorkshire Art Journal.

Containing work of international significance, artists include European Sovereign Painters Prize winner Susan Gunn, East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Academy awardee James Quin, John Player Portrait Award Winner Paula MacArthur, 54th Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner, Griffin Art Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu, Colin Self and Tracey Emin as well as works on paper by Peter Blake, Graham Sutherland, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Alan Davie and David Hockney.

Buy a catalogue of the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting here, or download a free pdf catalogue here.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 14 May to Saturday 9 July 2016 at The Minories, Colchester
Open to the public and admission is free.

*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
Opening reception: Friday 13 May 2016 6 – 9pm

Notes From China
Curators Marco Cali & Mengmeng Wang

Cai Longfei | Gao Hao |Gu Xiang | He Tianqi | He Yating | Hu Zuhao | Jiao Ye | Li Ma | Liao Zongrong | Liu De | Su Jie | Sunlei | Wang Chao | Wang Fenghua | Zhang Danni | Zhao Jia | Zhong Xiaojing

Read the review in A-N here.
Read the review in ArtRabbit here.
See the ‘Pick of the Week’ listing Guardian Guide here.

A series of delicate works on paper by 17 living artists from China. These 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.

Download the catalogue Notes From China here. The catalogue includes essays by Mengmeng Wang, Marco Cali and Robert Priseman as well as illustrations by all 17 artists.

Buy the book Notes From China here.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 5 March to Saturday 16 April 2016 at The Minories, Colchester and 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)
Opening reception: Friday 11 March 2016 6 – 9pm

*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.

Slippery and Amorphous
Curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur

Exhibition Dates: 11 January – 26 March 2016

“For the painter, the codes and languages of painting, like the paint itself, are, by their very nature, slippery and amorphous.”

This exhibition brings together striking work by ten artists who explore the materiality of paint through the elusive language of painting. They include: Phillip Allen, Simon Carter, Nadine Feinson, Paul Galyer, Paula MacArthur, James Petrucci, Alison Pilkington, Wendy Saunders, Ilona Szalay, Mimei Thompson.

Download the Slippery and Amorphous Catalogue here.

Download a press release here
Download the essay ‘Natural Abstraction’ by Katarina Blannin here

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church
*Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4 (Sun closed)
Opening reception: Thursday 14 January 2016 6-8pm

Closing talk: Saturday 26 March 2-3pm
*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.wendymsaunders.co.uk and www.paula-macarthur.com

Contemporary British Painting Group Show
34 leading painters from Britain

Exhibition Dates: 3 November 2015  – 2 January 2016

The 2016 CBP group show, curated by Simon Burton and on display in the beautiful St Marylebone Crypt, London, for two months.

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 Harvey Taylor Julian Brown Wayne Clough Mathew Krishanu Freya Purdue Lee Maelzer Linda Ingham Greg Rook James Quin Alison Pilkington Gideon Pain Susan Gunn Barbara Pierson Simon Burton

The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 

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.

Lines for Agnes
9 Contemporary Painters in Dialogue with Agnes Martin

Exhibition Dates: 1 September 2015 – 30 October 2015

Curated by Ruth Philo and Terry Greene this new show explores how contemporary artists are responding to the work of Agnes Martin. Painters include Julia Ball, Hanna ten Doornkaat, Gemma Cossey, Terry Greene, Sue Kennington, Rebecca Lowe, Jason Miller, Ruth Philo, Marion Piper

Saturday 31 October 2-3 pm A free discussion event moderated by Susan Mumford with artists – Jason Miller, Hanna ten Doornkaat & Ruth Philo will consider how contemporary abstraction relates to the work of Agnes Martin, looking at the notion of paintings working on an emotional level or what might possibly called a ‘minimal sublime’ and the artists’ process and decision-making in the making of the work

Download a new essay by Terry Greene here
Download the ISSUU Publication: here

Tickets for Discussion Event moderated by Susan Mumford with artists including Jason Miller, Ruth Philo, Marion Piper & Hanna ten Doornkaat, through Eventbrite (free) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lines-for-agnes-exhibition-closing-panel-discussion-contemporary-abstraction-tickets-18507299832

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church

Brentwood Stations of The Cross
15 contemporary British painters respond to the Passion

Dates: Ash Wednesday to Good Friday 2015

Curated by Simon Carter.

Buy a copy of the book Brentwood Stations of the Cross or downlaod a pdf here

1.  Jesus is condemned to death / David Ainley, 2.  Jesus carries his cross / Freya Purdue, 3.  Jesus falls the first time / Linda Ingham, 4.  Jesus meets his mother / Gideon Pain, 5.  Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross / Andrew Crane, 6.  Veronica wipes the face of Jesus / Matthew Krishanu, 7.  Jesus falls the second time / Pen Dalton, 8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem / Susie Hamilton, 9.  Jesus falls the third time / David Sullivan, 10. Jesus is stripped of his garments / Ruth Philo, 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross / Robert Priseman, 12. Jesus dies on the cross / Marguerite Horner, 13. Jesus is taken down from the cross / Susan Gunn, 14. Jesus is laid in the tomb / Alex Hanna, 15. Jesus rises from the dead / Simon Carter

Venue: Brentwood Cathedral

Following Brentwood the ‘Brentwood Stations’ will travel to the SE9 Container Gallery in London before going permanently to the Komechak Art Gallery, Chicago.

Documentary Realism
A new exhibition examining the the role of painting in the digital age.

Exhibition Dates: 2nd March 2015 – 29th March 2015

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

Download a pdf catalogue with essays by Robert Priseman, Paul O’Kane and Sophie Cummings here and buy a copy of the book Documentary Realism Book Here

With the overwhelming amount of visual and written information being presented to us through broadcasting and publishing channels, we are seeing the emergence of conflicting news reports on the economy, war on terror, celebrity culture and the celebration of wealth in a time of mass unemployment, food banks and social poverty. It is within this context that an increasing number of artists are returning to the “aura” of the authentic art object and claiming it as their own. In doing this they are using the traditional genres of still-life, urban landscape, satire and modern history painting by commandeering the images they find on the internet, in newspapers, magazines and from their mobile phones. They are then reflecting the mass-media back on itself.

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church

@paintbritain
A major survey show of painters from across the UK

Exhibition dates: 1st November 2014 – March 2015

Curated by Simon carter this new show features work by over 40 painters from across the UK who are practicing the art of painting in Britain today. 

Venue: Ipswich Museums and Galleries – Art School Gallery

Contemporary British Painting
An exhibition of 42 British Painters

A new Contemporary British Painting group show launches this December, featuring the work of 42 artists. Exhibition dates: Monday 8th December 2014 – Thursday 1st January 2015