exhibitions and events

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

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