KEY INFORMATION

  • Exhibition size 80-100 running metres
  • Approximately 40 artworks
  • Available Spring 2016
  • Budget: £££

KEY INFORMATION

  • Exhibition size 80-100 running metres
  • Approximately 40 artworks
  • Available Spring 2016
  • Budget: £££

This group exhibition presents a selection of recent works by fifteen British artists who demonstrate the richness and vigour of contemporary painting in the UK. Featuring new acquisitions to the British Council Collection, alongside generous loan works, The Painting Show presents work by Merlin Carpenter, Stuart Cumberland, Dexter Dalwood, Kaye Donachie, Michael Fullerton, Celia Hempton, Morag Keil, Fiona MacKay, Lucy McKenzie, Dawn Mellor, Alan Michael, Michael Simpson, Sue Tompkins, Neal Jones and Pádraig Timoney.

The underlying narrative of The Painting Show is inspired by the foreword in Unlawful Assembly (published 2013), a book written by artists Lucy Mckenzie and Alan Michael. The foreword to the book proposes that the meticulous plot constructions of crime novels, designed to lead the reader on a journey that questions the stability of truth and fiction, are representative of the way in which a particular demographic of painters manipulate their medium, it’s history and the audience’s understanding of it.

The artists included in this exhibition have been selected because of the different ways in which they can be perceived as manipulating their own individual status as a painter. Be it by denying the romanticism imposed upon the act of painting, aping historical styles to communicate personal agendas, aggravating the museum collection by inserting subversive figures or rejecting and manipulating the male gaze.

The Painting Show will be accompanied by a new full colour catalogue, designed by The Bleach Room, London and featuring commissioned texts by art historian John-Paul Stonard, and exhibition curator Linsey Young.

Installation Images

  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
  • The Painting Show installation at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, January 2016
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