Artist of the Month is an ongoing series where we highlight one of our members. This month we are pleased to introduce artist Monica Metsers selected and interviewed by Paul Newman.
Monica’s work reflects a lifelong infatuation with fantasy and the surreal. She is currently exploring depiction of place, particularly the landscapes she is repeatedly drawn to, those of both the Lake District and The West Coast and Islands of Scotland. She visits, explores and walks in both places regularly, where she uses a combination of memories, snapshots and pencil and watercolour sketches to create her works. In her paintings, she looks to express the place between seeing, feeling, experience and memory, and loves to connect with the viewer through this unspoken visual language.
Monica Metsers: Dreamfired, Luskentyre, oil on canvas, 76cm x 61cm, 2023
Roland Hicks' studio, preparatory work for 'The Fourth Wall'
The Fourth Wall
Combining aspects of drawing, painting, still-life, geometric abstraction, collage and performance with sculpture, artist Roland Hicks will transform two galleries at Hastings Contemporary this autumn.
Artist's Talk Roland Hicks in conversation with Graham Crowley
Roland will be in conversation with Graham Crowley, winner of the 2023 John Moores Painting Prize. Roland Hicks discusses his unique practice, which combines aspects of drawing, painting, still life, geometric abstraction, collage, and performance with sculpture.
Artist’ talk: Friday 2 February, 7pm - 8pm, (cafe/bar open from 6pm) Admission: Ticketed event, £15 (£13 with membership), includes access to all three gallery exhibitions.
Jereme Crow: The Goldfinch after Carel Fabritius’, oil on board, 30cm x 20cm, 2023
From 'A Charm of Goldfinches'
This micro-exhibition features four works from ‘A Charm of Goldfinches’, an exhibition curated by Bryan Eccleshall that was first staged at Gage Gallery in Sheffield before moving to the Gateway Gallery in Shrewsbury. Carel Fabritius most famous painting - painted the year he died - is The Goldfinch (Het puttertje), which hangs in the Mauritshuis in the room next to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. This charming work provides the starting point for this show. When Bryan floated the idea of this exhibition, we were coming out of lockdowns during which many people took comfort and delight in the birds that visited their gardens. Wild creatures seemed to be bolder and perhaps even a link to normality. In the original painting the bird is tethered by a delicate chain and some of the works engage with ideas of freedom and captivity. Given the genesis of the project, that is perhaps appropriate.
This micro-exhibition is curated by Sean Williams and Bryan Eccleshall.
Opening times: Please contact Sean Williams at [email protected] to arrange a viewing. Admission free.
Linda Ingham: Precipice IV, oil on linen, 25cm x 20cm, 2024
Silson Contemporary Winter/Spring Show 2024
Gallery owner and curator, Sarah Collier has personally selected the exhibiting artists to create a show full of fabulous work from a talented group of female artists from around the UK. Included work by Linda Ingham.
Paula MacArthur: The weight of absence, oil on canvas, 75cm x 50cm, 2023
Let's Talk About Intuition
Curated by Gisli Bergmann and Patrick Bryson
Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen,
Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn.
Walt Whitman, 1891
Our remarkable ability for intuition is not, as is commonly proposed, the polar opposite of reason, but transcends the boundaries of linear thought and instead equally draws from both the intellect and emotion.
What role do reason, thought and emotion play when we respond intuitively and react quickly? What are the drivers? How does the body/mind ‘know’? and how does the eye inform the mind (and vice versa)? What are 'gut' feelings? What is the role of trauma and defence? How does beauty inform intuition?
Intuition is the bridge between the conscious and the subconscious, the known and the unknown. It can be the key and compass to unlock hidden dimensions of the human soul, where our deepest desires and motives spring from, and also where our truest purpose can be found. In an ultimately unknowable universe, intuition allows us to act, choose and create, and so allows us to forge our own path forward.
Paintings and sculptures by Gisli Bergmann, Patrick Bryson, George Chapman, Dan Curtis, Alison Edmonds, Neil Groom, Adrian Lister, Paula MacArthur, Henrietta Macphee, Siobhan McAuley, Jon Ridge, Sabine Tress, Julia Warr.
Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street, London E17 9AP
Exhibition dates: 11 January - 3 February 2024
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Double spread about Ruth Calland's paintings in issue 9 of the magazine Artists
ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ...
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Issue 9 (Jan, Feb, March 2024) features a double spread on Ruth Calland's recent paintings, which attempt to amplify the voices and visibility of trans and non-binary people. In the same issue there is an interview with Anthony Gormley, and a write up about the Nicole Eisenman show at the Whitechapel.
This month Ruth Philo talks with contemporary American painter Mallory Page
Mallory is based in New Orleans. She makes large-scale, thinly-layered abstract paintings that employ multiple layers of monochromatic hues of acrylic wash. Her interests lie in the study of the psyche, dreams and the subconscious. She often tethers psychic sensations or observations to build work about creating deeper interactions with the sublime. Mallory’s work is a sophisticated study in perception, exploring how measured changes in color and light can effect shifts in visual understanding. Rendered on an imposing scale, her compositions become enveloping environments of their own.
Mallory’s paintings employ multiple layers and hues of acrylic wash that cascade across large scaled canvas. Her interests lie in the study of the psyche, dreams and the subconscious. She often tethers psychic sensations or observations to build work about creating deeper interactions with the sublime. Mallory was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, a region with a vibrant, often mystical, culture and distinctive geographical landscape. She holds a B.I.D. from Louisiana State University and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Fine Art from The Art Institute of Chicago.
Mallory Page: Rose Sea (she answered without words), Sub Rosa, 62"x 72", Acrylic on Linen, 2020
NEW: Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023 catalogue
Cover image: Rich Jellyman (winner of the 2023 prize).
Showing works by all 16 exhibitors in the 2023 painting prize. Introduction by Gordon Dalton, selector, and an essay by judge, independent Curator and Researcher Beth Hughes on the winning artist Rich Jellyman.
Full colour throughout, 82 pages including cover, 190 x 235mm ISBN 978-1-7397818-4-2
We have a limited number of copies available to order at £12 per copy plus £3.50 P&P (UK only).
X - Contemporary British Painting was recently shown at Newcastle Contemporary Art. The exhibition was curated by Narbi Price and the catalogue incudes the work of over 80 artists. Featuring Andrew Grassie, George Shaw, HUSH, Biggs & Collings alongside members of Contemporary British Painting and recent graduates.
Full colour throughout, 96 pages including cover, 190 x 235mm ISBN 978 1 7397818 3 5
We have a limited number of copies available to order at £10 per copy plus £3.50 P&P (UK only).