I am delighted to announce one of my paintings from Zippy series will be part of The Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting. A personal endeavour by artist, writer and curator Robert Priseman, the collection holds over eighty paintings produced by artists practising in Britain today including Terry Greene, Nathan Eastwood, Ben Cove, Wendy Saunders, Lisa Denyer and Claudia Boese.

I met Robert at The Immediacy of Paint symposium in Ipswich last month. His passion for painting resonated with me, the medium still possesses an “aura” that seduces artists more than ever in our complex Digital Age.

“They are the artists who are moving forward with what painting can do and what it can represent, and they are doing it by creating real objects for an unreal world.”

Read Robert’s essay for the symposium here:

http://www.robert-priseman.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/21st-Century-British-Painting-Robert-Priseman-2015.pdf

The Collection was shown publicly for the first time at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2014/15. An exhibition catalogue is available to buy on Amazon; alternatively a PDF version is free to download. Please visit http://www.contemporarybritishpainting.com for more information.

Geometry: Wonky & Otherwise

Artists: Andrew Bracey, Lucy Cox, Louisa Chambers, Terry Greene, David Manley, Andrew Parkinson, Richard Perry, Marion Piper and Sarah R Key

Dates: Thursday 3 September – Saturday 7 November
Times: Monday to Thursday 9am – 9pm / Friday 9am – 5pm / Saturday 9am – 2pm

PREFACE
Abstract Painting occupies a curious space in the expanding universe of contemporary art practice. Despite its history stretching back a century it still excites the public imagination in bemused, often antagonised ways, whilst for many curators and influencers it is equally often dismissed as ‘old hat’, (for whom the idea of letting go of figural references seemed daring) young artists continue to be fascinated by its possibilities and with the methods and means of a project that might be seen as, frankly, rather ‘odd’ in this digital age. And inside the citadel of abstraction the pursuit of geometry – though perfectly obvious as a key means of construction – seems odder still.

And yet there are still plenty of adherents to the cult. This exhibition assembles a grouping of nine such souls, their ages ranging from one in her twenties to one over sixty, and although mostly based hereabouts (the East Midlands) coming from as far north as Yorkshire and as far south as the other side of the Thames in London. All have plundered grids, triangles, squares, pentagrams, and beyond, fashioned together in various ways, and doing so with both reckless and restrained intentions.

Thanks to Deda for hosting and supporting the exhibition and enabling some new abstract painting to be viewed in Derby.

Written by David Manley, Derby, September 2015

CATALOGUE (24pp. with 13 col. ills.) available from reception at £7.50

Deda
19 Chapel St
Derby
DE1 3GU

Wimbledon College of Arts
fine art degree show 2015

Preview: Thursday 18 June 6 - 9pm

Dates: Friday 19 - 27 June

Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm Saturdays 11am - 5pm