Slade School of Fine Art UCL
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
Recent solo exhibitions include: Wilkinson, London, 2011, 2008; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, 2009; Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2007. Recent group shows include: British Art Show 7, Hayward Touring Exhibitions, 2010-2011; Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; IFF Gallery, Marseille, 2010; CIRCUIT, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lausanne, 2010. Selected publications: Feelings and Other Forms, published by Wilkinson, 2008 (solo); A Short Walk from a Shout to a Whisper, published by Millton Keynes Gallery, 2007 (solo); Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory, Phaidon/ New Museum New York, 2009 (group). Commissioned artwork for the publication Voids- a Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (group), 2009. Works in public collections include Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam and the Tate Gallery, London.
Studio based practice, specializing in Painting.
There is no repeated motif in the current paintings: each work varies in image, scale, medium and mark. These paintings, although figurative, place an almost sculptural value on physical presence and scale, often with an ergonomic sense of composition. Colour is of great significance to the work: a combined instinctive and formal approach explore a material’s intrinsic qualities and relationship to form.
Transition Gallery, London, touring to Gallery North, Newcastle.
Group painting exhibition curated by Ali Sharma. Catalogue with text by Barry Schwabsky published for the exhibition. Gallery North is a public gallery at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Wilkinson Gallery, London, U.K.
I contributed 12 paintings I had made in 2010 and 2011 to this solo exhibition, displayed on both floors of the gallery. This body of work focused on my interest in material qualities of colour and form and their relationship to the construction of unique images based on the subject of a familiar object, situation or feeling. A key research imperative for this body of work was to find ways through material experimentation to explore the ‘essence’ of an object or situation- for example the relationship the human form has to a beach or the moment of taking a shower. In order to do this it was important to work from memory to construct the image itself- rather than reproduce an image from a photograph. Equal attention was paid to the way in which the paintings evolved in the studio, responding to the work while making it. This process inspired much material experimentation and resulted in paintings ranging in both size (from approx A4 to 180 x 220cm) and medium (aluminum leaf, oil paint, acrylic paint). An important aim of this research and its realization has been to contribute to a current concerns in painting, and ultimately the wider discourse and developments in contemporary art: namely the challenge of representing the everyday and it’s connotations and power in the handmade painted mark for our time. Wilkinson is a commercial gallery, representing emerging artists to those of international repute (Directors: Amanda and Anthony Wilkinson). ‘Man made’ attracted 4429 visitors (information from Wilkinson). In the lead up to the exhibition I was Artist of the Week for Guardian Online (12.1.11), article by Skye Sherwin. ‘Man made’ has been reviewed by Anthony Byrt in the April edition Artforum International (a leading and influential art magazine specialising in global contemporary art and culture). In April 2011, I gave a lecture at Kingston University, focusing on these paintings. ‘Man made’ has also contributed to my inclusion in the publications: ‘Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting’ published by Phaidon, London, in October 2011, and ‘Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and Their Studios’ published by Transglobe publishing and Thames and Hudson, London, in November 2011.
Days of the Comet, British Art Show 72010
Hayward National Travelling Exhibitions, showing at: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham UK; Hayward Gallery, London UK; CCA Glasgow, Scotland and Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth UK.
"The British Art Show is widely recognized as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. BAS7 is curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton and includes work by 39 artists from the last five years, three quarters of which is seen here for the first time."
"... avant il n'y avait rien, après on va pouvoir faire mieux."2010
CIRCUIT, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lausanne
Contemporary drawing exhibition
IFF Gallery, Marseille, France
Exploring notions of mourning in contemporary art.
Newspeak: British Art Now (Part 1)2010
Saatchi Gallery, The Duke of York's HQ, Sloane Sq, London, UK
Survey show of contemporary British art. All works are from the Saatchi Collection.
Making an Outside Space Theirs2009
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
Jerwood Contemporary Painters2009
Jerwood Space, London
Emerging contemporary painters. Touring to Leeds Project Space, University of Gloucestershire, Gallery at NorwichUniversity
'Feelings and Other Forms'2008
I contributed 14 paintings I had made in 2008 to this solo exhibition, displayed on both floors of the gallery. Wilkinson is a commercial gallery, representing emerging artists to those of international repute (Directors: Amanda and Anthony Wilkinson). The research imperative for this work was experimentation with a variety of different types of paint and grounds on canvas. An important aim in making these paintings was to give form to sensation or feeling through the colour, scale, surface and mark. Although the subject matter of this work was of everyday experiences or objects it was also vital to acknowledge the challenge of making this a new contribution to the development of painting and contribute to the wider discourse of contemporary art. The paintings were produced by exploring particular subjects through different materials on canvas and appraising and developing their formal elements. A monograph publication ‘Feelings and Other Forms’ with a text by Jens Hoffmann (now director of the CCA Wattis Institute, SanFrancisco) was produced for the exhibition, published by Wilkinson. The designers of this catalogue are Apfel, a graphic design company specializing in artist, gallery and art institution publications. The design embraced the colour being a starting point for this body of work and created high contrasts between pages.
M25: Around London2008
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Contemporary art from London.
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
Notations- A Celebration of John Cage2008
Slade School of Art, UCL, London UK
Exploration between visual art and music
A Short Walk from a Shout to a Whisper2007
Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes UK
Public museum solo exhibition and catalogue publication.
The Contented Heart2007
Group contemporary painting exhibition, showing 8 artists from UK, Holland and Germany.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice2007
Contemporary Artists and Late Picasso
The Corridor, Iceland
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative2007
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
The Grand and the Commonplace2006
Wilkinson Gallery, London, U.K.
First solo exhibition.
Between Courage and Coincidence2005
Ibid Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania
Augnablik: The Blink of an Eye2005
Govett-Kerr, Hoxton Square, London
Three recent Slade Graduates
Philip Leverhulme PrizeThe Leverhulme Trust Prize
"These Prizes, with a value of Â£70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come. The Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the Founder." http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives on Painting. Phaidon, LondonPhaidon, London Other
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives on Painting. Phaidon, London. (Iinternational survey of contemporary Painting)
Visiting Artist/ LecturerVisiting Academic at HEI
Visiting Lecturer: Kingston University, Surrey (Undergraduate)
Group exhibtion catalogueHayward Gallery National Touring Exhibitions Other
In the Days of the Comet: British Art Show 7, group exhibition catalogue. Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre, London
Tate Gallery Collection, LondonOther
âMan with Heavy Limbsâ (2009) presented to the Tate Gallery Collection by Tate Members. The Tate Collection is: " the National Collection of British art from 1500 and international modern and contemporary art from 1900. Tate's Collection embraces all media from painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, to photography, video and film, installation and performance. The Collection is displayed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and through loans to temporary national and international exhibitions and long loans. Tate rotates its displays at all sites, partly with the aim of giving exposure to as much of the Collection as possible.â Tate website. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/phoebe-unwin-13751
The Saatchi CollectionThe Saatchi Gallery, London Other
'Newspeak: British Art Now'. The Saatchi Collection is a private collection on display to the public at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The exhibition traveled to Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
Panel Discussion: The British Art Show 7: Prelude, Hay Festival, Hay-on-WyeHayward National Touring Exhibitions Invited Speaker
Panel Discussion: The British Art Show 7: Prelude, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
Visiting ArtistUCL Visiting Academic at HEI
Visiting Lecturer: Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London (Postgraduate)
Visiting Artist/ LecturerUniversity for the Creative Arts, Canterbury Visiting Academic at HEI
Visiting Lecturer: University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury (Undergraduate)
Visiting ArtistUCA Visiting Academic at HEI
Visiting Artist- teaching and lecture. University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (Undergraduate). Also a visitor in 2008 and 2009.
Lecturer in Painting, UALUAL Visiting Academic at HEI
Lecturer in Painting: (1 day per week for 6 weeks- sabbatical cover): Wimbledon School of Art, UAL, London (Undergraduate)
SymposiumAPT Gallery, London Invited Speaker
Symposium: Space, Time and the Image (In Conversation), APT Gallery, Deptford
Open competition judgeThe Centre MK Other
With Sally Annett (Creative Director) and Michael Stanley (Director of MOMA Oxford) for The Centre MK: Annual Painting Prize, (national open-submission painting prize), Milton Keynes
Vides - a Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Centre Pompidou, ParisOther
Commissioned artwork for the publication 'Vides - a Retrospective' published by Centre Pompidou, Paris on the occasion of the exhibition 'Vides - a Retrospective' at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory. Phaidon, New Museum, New YorkOther
Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory. Phaidon, New Museum, New York
CCA Andratx Collection, MallorcaCCA Andratx, Mallorca Other
This is a private collection on display to the public at CCA Andratx, Mallorca. Group exhibition: 'M25: Around London', 2008.
Solo Exhibtion CatalogueWilkinson Gallery Other
Feelings and Other Forms, solo exhibition catalogue, text by Jens Hoffmann, published by Wilkinson Gallery, London
Solo exhibition catalogueMilton Keynes Gallery Other
A Short Walk from a Shout to a Whisper, solo exhibition catalogue, text by Max Henry. Milton Keynes Gallery
Group exhibition catalogueThomas Dane Gallery, London Other
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, group exhibition catalogue, text by Jens Hoffman. Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Group exhibition catalogueGaleri Farschou, Copenhagen Other
Group exhibition and catalogue: The Sorcererâs Apprentice - Late Picasso and Contemporary Painters, text by Max Henry, curator. Galeri Farschou, Copenhagen
Museum Boijmans Collection, RotterdamThe Museum Boijmans Other
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Visiting ArtistUniversity of Northampton Visiting Academic at HEI
Visiting Lecturer: University of Northampton (Undergraduate). Tutorials and lecture.