Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists
12 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Work by five distinctive artists sheds light on the practice of painting today.
Featured artists include Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story; each of whom demonstrates an ability to subvert the conventions of painting.
Abts, for example, is interested in abstract form; her works emerging through a succession of decisions initiated from the first mark on canvas.
Carnegie, meanwhile, focuses on ways to exploit academic figurative painting. Working within the traditions of landscape and still-life, she grounds her art in concerns around the act of painting and paint itself.
Rather than depicting what an object looks like or what its material qualities might be, Ling is keen to emphasise the experience it engenders. His paintings are produced either outdoors in nondescript landscapes, or in the studio where he can fabricate elaborate subject matter.
Also included are genre spanning works by McKenzie, who combines fine art with craft, fashion, heritage and commercial concepts, as well as Story's pieces that bridge the mediums of sculpture with painting.