Celia Hempton (1981 – )
b.1981, Stroud, UK. Lives and works in London. BA Painting Studied at Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow. And MA Painting, at Royal College of Art. Winner of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, Umbria, Italy, 2014.
Celia Hempton paints small scale expressionistic canvases which embrace every subject, be it a landscape or human model, with a pragmatic but energetic desire to capture a monumentalised moment in time. In her most recent series, Chat Random, Hempton visited internet chat rooms and asked the people she meet (coincidently all men) if they would model for her. The resulting paintings are performative time specific works, painted only in the duration that the model chose to stay on screen. They feature men in varying degrees of undress from a wide variety of locations around the world, revealing the sadness and vulnerability within often blatant expressions of sexual desire.
Selected solo exhibitions: Chat Random, Southard Reid, London (year); Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2014); VUG, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (year);Cur, Southard Reid, London (2013); TIN, Take Courage, London (2012); Celia Hempton, Southard Reid, London (2011) and Raze/Built, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool (2010).
Landscape is one of the principle genres of Western art. In early paintings the landscape was a backdrop for the composition, but in the late 17th Century the appreciation of nature for its own sake began with the French and Dutch painters (from whom the term derived). Their treatment of the landscape differed: the French tried to evoke the classical landscape of ancient Greece and Rome in a highly stylised and artificial manner; the Dutch tried to paint the surrounding fields, woods and plains in a more realistic way. As a genre, landscape grew increasing popular, and by the 19th Century had moved away from a classical rendition to a more realistic view of the natural world. Two of the greatest British landscape artists of that time were John Constable and JMW Turner, whose works can be seen in the Tate collection (www.tate.org.uk). There can be no doubt that the evolution of landscape painting played a decisive role in the development of Modernism, culminating in the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists . Since then its demise has often been predicted and with the rise of abstraction, landscape painting was thought to have degenerated into an amateur pursuit. However, landscape persisted in some form into high abstraction, and has been a recurrent a theme in most of the significant tendencies of the 20th Century. Now manifest in many media, landscape no longer addresses solely the depiction of topography, but encompasses issues of social, environmental and political concern.
Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.