We’ve redesigned our exhibitions posts! Now you can find all of our recommended art exhibitions in one place. Below is a list of our 7 must-see art shows for the month, along with a navigation that can take you to smaller weekly listings that are worthy of note, this section is updated with new shows every week. If you want to see exhibitions in London or in your area simply go to our Artist Calendar – let us know about an exhibition using the form at the bottom of that page for the chance to be included in one of our Art Exhibitions on Now posts!
7 Unmissable Art Exhibitions on in May
This month’s art exhibitions not to miss collection includes several poignant themes, such as pushing and experimenting with the limitations of printmaking and describing and exploring womens’ place in art history, as well as two fairs that bring together emerging and established contemporary artists’ work.
1) Surface Work
Surface Work takes its name from a quote by the Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell: ‘Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work.’
This show brings together the work of over 50 female artists born between the final decades of the nineteenth century and 1990. The art works included within the show were completed between 1918 and 2018 and are representative of every decade within that span. It is a stunning show that sets up a dialogue between historical and contemporary pieces from artists who shaped, transformed and influence the entire landscape and language of abstract painting. This completely unmissable collection demonstrates the strength of multi-generational, international (some of the artists come from North and South America, the Middle East and Asia) women artists and the power that putting together a collection of often institutionally marginalised work can have.
A particular show stopper is Gillian Ayres United, 1957. Following her recent death to see the work of this artist in the flesh, who was celebrated as having a deeply intimate relationship with her medium and was at the forefront of involving Britain with the Abstract Expressionism movement, is a wonderful opportunity.
United, 1957 is described as:
‘among the works that first brought Ayres into the public eye and established her as a leading painter of her generation. Using oil and Ripolin- a brand of enamel paint- in this exaggeratedly vertical work, Ayres explores colour and space by pouring, dripping and staining, evoking the colours and forces of events in nature, while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to contemplate the event of the work’s creation.’
This exhibition spans both of the Victoria Miro galleries and includes the work of the following artists:
Suzanne Redstone, Rita Ackermann, Gillian Ayres, Betty Blayton, Etel Adnan, Sandra Blow, Lygia Clark, Sara Barker, Varda Caivano, Prunella Clough, Lynda Benglis, Louise Fishman, Jay Defeo, Sarah Cain, Martha Jungwirth, Svenja Deininger, Angela De La Cruz, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lucy Dodd, Victoria Morton, Ilse D’Hollander, Mary Heilmann, Elizabeth Neel, Tess Jaray, Loie Hollowell, Jackie Saccoccio, Lee Krasner, Pat Steir, Yayoi Kusama, Bharti Kher, Agnes Martin, Katy Moran, Tomie Ohtake, Annie Morris, Betty Parsons, Rebecca Morris, Howardena Pindell, Elizabeth Murray, Liubov Popova, Dala Nasser, Mary Ramsden, Fiona Rae, Dorothea Rockburne, Yuko Shiraishi, Mira Schendel, Raphaela Simon, Hedda Sterne, Mildred Thompson, Alma Thomas, Adriana Varejão, Jessica Warboys, Paule Vezelay, Mary Weatherford
Showing at the Victoria Miro Galleries, London until 16th June 2018.
2) David Bomberg
During his own lifetime (1890-1957), David Bomberg was, ridiculously, excluded from critical recognition, however, he is now recognised as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists. On the 60th anniversary of his death, this show is his first comprehensive major retrospective, as well as the first solo show of his work in the last decade.
Curated by Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall, as well as taking you through Bomberg’s major phases and movements, the exhibition demonstrates the discomfort and struggles he went through to produce his large, varied and interesting legacy. From his early additions to pre-war Modernism taking the form of cubist geometric compositions, through his discomfort with his role as a commissioned war artist in both world wars, his gorgeous, luscious landscapes of Jerusalem and Spain in the 1920s and 1930s, to his inquisitive and cunning portraiture, it leads you through the journey of an artist whose crowning jewel is mature, well handled, expressive landscapes. While Bomberg studied at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks, he was expelled in 1913 due to his arrogant breaches of the conventional approach. The senior teachers Tonks, Frederick Brown and Philip Wilson Steer pushed this through.
His work develops and demonstrates the reality of his concept ‘The Spirit in the Mass’. The central conceit of this theory is that, as described by Frank Auerbach, ‘you begin to imply a sense of mass on the paper or canvas simply because you felt it.’ This theory is evident in the work of Bomberg’s students including Auerbach and the other students he taught at Borough Polytechnic between 1945 and 1953.
This exhibition comprises of over 60 words and was curated by the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum with Pallant House Gallery and was supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery.
Showing at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle until 28th May 2018.
3) Seen and Not Heard: New Prints by Chris Pig
Seen and Not Heard is a solo show of Chris Pig’s work that focuses on childhood, children’s everyday life and the rites of passage they experience, that so often go unsung.
With the eager eye of a sandman, Pig’s linocuts present in black and white the private moments that make up the totems of childhood for many: the grief at the death and burial of pets is laid bare, young romance is observed cleverly, meticulous de-lousing and the discovery of dead animals are brought up to the adult world along with the intense emotions that these cause in the young subjects. This series offers a view into the world of childhood where adults only sneak into the composition — blurred out or cropped, only just escaping the picture’s frame.
Chris Pig is an artist and printmaker, who has taught and worked in Britain, Spain and the United States, his stunning and intricate works are held in public and private collections globally. This current series is curated from the work he’s done since his move to Frome and since he started building the Black Pig Printmaking Studio. You can find out more about Pig’s practices by reading our interview with him here.
Showing at The Why Gallery, Somerset until 31st May 2018.
4) Imprints of Passing Time: A Solo Exhibition by Bettina Fung
In the series ‘Imprints of Passing Time’, Bettina Fung uses a mono printing technique to capture the gestures of her body. In the age of productivity, she confronts this culture of anti-idleness by capturing the movements one makes while at rest or sitting.
The performative actions and pieces raise questions about the idea of mark making and progress alongside contemplation of non-doing opposed to movements and the indoctrinated cultural force of haste, efficiency and productivity. In particular Bettina Fung focuses on Taoist philosophy and draws attention to considered slowness and aimlessness as a positive and necessary experience as well as what doing nothing entails.
Fung develops her mono prints by performing actions, that are socially deemed as unproductive, for a specific length of time while on paper that has a layer of ink underneath. Each print physical shows both the actions and the time taken — some pieces were made by Fung taking half an hour naps on them.
On the 11th of May 2018, Fung will be performing 365, a performance piece that is created by walking in circles on a piece of paper 365 times, while a layer of ink picks up the marks underneath.
There are a series of events and evenings going on, so check the Surface Gallery website to find out more.
Showing at theSurface Gallery, Nottingham between 12th May and 19th May 2018.
5) Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair
The Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair collects together a wide choice of excellent and affordable contemporary art from a range of carefully curated galleries, professional artists and print studios from across Europe. Now, in its fourth year it has moved to the grounds of the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Over 45 exhibitors will be showing thousands of pieces of work which will be for immediate sale.
One high note of the fair is the work of Ade Adesina, one of which is featured above. His linocuts are particularly beautiful with a stunning balance of depth, composition and tone but he also works with woodcarving, etching and oil and creates sculpture. A true printmaker and artist, he combines traditional methods along with a modern twist and his African cultural roots with British culture to create amazing pieces that respond and meditate on the past, present and future.
Ade Adesina, who was born in Nigeria in 1980, works as a full time artist in Aberdeen Scotland and was the Royal Scottish Academy Artist in Residence at Glasgow Print Studio from 2013 to 2015 and studied printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen from 2008 to 2012. His practice is inspired by his travels, the imagery he encounters and from documentaries and current affairs. Having spent time in Italy, Nigeria, Scottish Islands and Germany his work is gorgeously varied and densely populated with visual and cultural cues.
Showing at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, between 11th May and 13th May 2018.
6) Lee Lozano: Slip, Slide, Splice
Lee Lozano’s decade-long career in the 1960s and 1970s New York Art scene is still swathed in mystery and contradiction, this exhibition brings together work from throughout the period to show the decisive direction she took eventually. Including paintings from 1962 which were made on a small scale alongside drawings from the same time period that erred on the side of cheap, visual puns and at best were naughty euphemisms. These contextualise her ginormous abstracted pieces as do the notes, instructions and lists that make up a large part of her performative work. These notes are the foundation stones of her language pieces which famously include General Strike Piece ‘gradually but determinedly avoid being present at official or public ‘uptown’ functions or gatherings related to the ‘artworld’’…; Dropout that saw her leave New York and go into self-imposed exile in Texas for the rest of her life and Boycott where initially for a month she refused to speak to other women in order to investigate, possibly, the patriarchy. This boycott continued afterwards.
Accompanying this insight into a supremely talented painter is a newly published book that contains an essay on Lozano’s work by Helena Vilata and an introduction by Fruitmarket Gallery Director Fiona Bradley. Which will give a new perspective to those who know Lozano’s work and explore and explain Lozano’s place in art history for those who are coming to her work fresh.
Showing at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, between 10th May and 3rd June 2018.
7) Jackson’s Open Painting Prize at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
The Affordable Art Fair is a fantastic place to get an idea of what’s selling in galleries currently and see up and coming artists that are just being spotted alongside well-recognised painters. The fair was created by Will Ramsay in 1999 with the intention to provide an accessible alternative to the traditional gallery structure and scene. The range and reach of both the work and the audience combined with the strict price ceiling of £6,000, ensures that every fair is interesting and unique. Since the Fair was set up it has welcomed over 2.3 million visitors, sold 450,000 artworks and held events in 10 cities around the world. This month’s fair is based in Hampstead with the beautiful backdrop of the heath, making it ideal for the warmer weather.
We’re delighted that this year our own competition, the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize, has been given a space to exhibit carefully selected works from the shortlist. These works all have their individual merits that the expert judges have picked out and form a varied collection of interesting, contemporary work. Some of the artists we are showing are already well-established on the scene, whereas others are just launching their careers, creating a fresh and captivating group that acts as a commentary on the versatility of artists working now.
A highlight of our space, which is in the talk lounge providing a backdrop for the events going on throughout the fair, is Tom Down‘s piece frontier, the winner of JOPP 2018. In this piece, shown above, Down’s combines his superb technical skills, that deftly uses acrylic, with a fascinating, hand-made subject, that mimics an artist model, a landscape and a still life, to create a work that is both contemporary and deeply traditional. This work cleverly utilises still-life painting traditions and makes an interesting commentary on the current day’s perception of landscape as hyper-romanticized, everchanging, fragile and in danger. Winning the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize mean’s Tom’s work was not only chosen out of the 3,327 international entries submitted but also that it made it through multiple rounds of judging by both our in-house team and our panel of Expert Judges. The delicate piece is well worth viewing in the flesh.
Interesting Upcoming Artist Shows on this Month:
This is a selection of UK art exhibitions, including group, solo, artist-led and gallery curated shows, that we think are interesting or unusual in some way. We update this section every week so you know the exhibitions to see now. Formally, we presented this information as our Current Events weekly blog posts. If you want to submit your own, follow the link at the bottom of this section.
Exhibitions on in the First Week of May
Delphian Open Call
3 May – 16 May 2018
Artist-run collective Delphian Gallery recently ran their first open call competition. International artists from all over the world submitted their work, totalling over 8000 submissions. The Delphian Gallery team have selected the works for the exhibition with the advice of their judges: artist Carne Griffiths, photographer Dougie Wallace, and curator Diana Chire.
The trio have partnered with theprintspace, part of the London art community with their online platform: creativehub, an innovative archiving, sharing, and printing tool for artists.
Artists showing include:
Alisa Aistova, Aleksandar Bezinovic, Geoffrey, Bohm, Giulia Cacciuttolo, Susana Cereja, Lauren Collier, Mark Connolly, Nicola Davidson Reed, Jonathan Edelhuber, Eva Eichinger, Ueslei Fagundes, Faiza Faiq, Bertrand Fournier, Ellie Geary, Philip Gerald, Rosie Gilligan, Nah *, Tymo Grijpma, Mia-Jane Harris, Florence Hutchings, Lindsay Kennedy, Showna Kim, Melissa Kime, Klaus Is Koming, Michal Kruger, Fernanda, Azou Lima, Roland Maas, James Mason, Chris Moore, Igor Moritz, Cătălin Munteanu, Lara Orawski, Zacharie Potvin Williams, Nichola Rodgers, Sarah Shaw, Maxie Tröltzsch, Ellen Von Wiegand, Maria Vyrra & Alexis Whitaker.
74 Kingsland Road
Nick Morley: Linocut Boy: New Prints
2 May – 20 May 2018
A solo show of Nick Morley’s (Linocut Boy) latest lino prints.
65 Harbour St,
Surge: Jeff Dellow
3 May – 27 May 2018
‘A surge is a sudden powerful movement forward or upward; an example of this would be the gentle force of the estuary, breaking into deeper water.
For Dellow, there is a surge through making, it grows and developing new ways to expand the physical range of touch and colour in his paintings.
Within Dellow’s work there is also a movement, the moving focus, a space for traversing a lateral scroll of elements in painting. It leads to openness, a mobile feast rather than a fixed format. It is an invitation for the viewer to enter a contemplative visual terrain where the viewer can see the thinking in painting.
Dellow has recently had a touring exhibition Visual Stream which toured from the Cut in Halesworth to the Lanchester Research Gallery at Coventry University.’
The Stone Space
6 Church Lane
Moonlighting: Marcus Cope
Private view: Thursday 3 May 6 – 9 pm
4 May – 27 May 2018
Marcus Cope’s fifth solo show with studio 1.1. These new paintings are kaleidoscopic autobiographical narratives on an epic scale. Monumental in size yet Intimate in tone, nothing in the artist’s life remains unexamined.
There will be a publication with an essay by Sacha Craddock available during the exhibition.
Studio 1.1 Gallery
57a Redchurch Street
27 April – 10 May 2018
Komal Madar, a British Indian artist from Hayes, West London, is launching a new solo art exhibition in partnership with Hyatt Place hotel.
27 Uxbridge Road,
Spike Print Open Studio
5 May -7 May 2018
The Spike Print Studios are open during the first May bank holiday so you can see what they get up to. Spike Print Studio is the largest open access print studio in the south-west set up in 1976 by a group of artists, led by Peter Reddick RWA under the name Bristol Printmakers Workshop.
Spike Print Studio
133 Cumberland Road,
Hastings arts forum festival 15
2 May – 13 May 2018
An exhibition of work by 24 artists plus a series of events and talks to celebrate 15 years of Hastings Art Forum. The exhibition will feature paintings by a number of renowned artists, the quality of whose work has helped build the reputation of Hastings and St. Leonards-on-Sea as a centre of artistic excellence.
‘Hastings Arts Forum was founded in 2003 by a group of artists and art enthusiasts with a shared commitment to support and raise the profile of the visual arts in Hastings and St. Leonards-on-Sea. The Forum is now a registered charity and runs two adjoining gallery spaces on the seafront. The Forum is a not-for-profit organisation and is almost totally reliant on its many committed and experience volunteers. The gallery space offers professional artists the opportunity to submit work for exhibition at a reasonable price and gives all artist members the opportunity to show their work at the annual members show.’
Hastings Arts Forum
St Leonards on Sea
1 May – 6 May 2018
Private View: Thursday 3 May 6-9pm
1. boundless, unbounded, unconstrained, uncontained, unconfined, transcending – ‘the sky’s the limit’
Damn braces: Bless relaxes (William Blake)
2. endless, never-ending, everlasting, infinite, extensive, immeasurable
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless. (Philip Larkin)
3. not a ‘limited edition’, i.e. original, unique
Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space [= its ‘aura’], its unique existence at the place where it happens to be. (Walter Benjamin)
The artists in this exhibition are getting together around ‘Unlimited’ as it offers scope for a wide range of interpretations, approaches, genres and styles.
Beata Burdelak, Jonathan Dean, Christine Drummond, Mehreen Hasan,
Mayumi Kataoka, Amravati Michell, Fabiola Retamozo, Marcelo Rodriguez,
Jay Shaw-Baker, Miguel Sobreira, Nora Velazco
Organised by Carlos de Lins & Amravati Mitchell
159 Bethnal Green Road
Exhibitions on in the Middle of May
PREGNANT LANDSCAPE: PHOEBE UNWIN
1 May – 26 May 2018
This is a solo exhibition of Phoebe Unwin’s oil paintings where “the abstract triggers the figurative” where the drawing works from a distillation of a thing’s actuality rather than literal observation of the world.
1st Floor, 18 Brewer Street
London W1F 0SH
Two Hours: To Ours
5 May – 27 May 2018
A collection of watercolours, life drawings and prints by Tottenham Art Classes.
The Mill Co Project
Unit 3, Gaunson House
Marcus Harvey/ Half Nelson
Private view: Thursday 10th May 6-8pm
11 May – 16 June 2018
A solo show of Marcus Harvey’s work including 11 life size ceramic busts.
31 Museum Street,
Dulwich Festival Open House: Caroline Thomson
12 – 13 May 2018 & 19 – 20 May 2018
Caroline Thomson, with her flowing and gestural landscapes that contemplate liminal space and the question of where one can retreat to, is taking part in Dulwich Festival Artist Open House, where she’ll be showing her new paintings.
88 Copleston Road
Crouch End Open Studios Art Trail: Andy Metcalf, Elizabeth Brown, Paul Berry, Michael Lee
10 May – 15 May 2018
A group show of four artists (Andy Metcalf, Elizabeth Brown, Paul Berry, Michael Lee) which is running at Venue 19 in conjunction with the Crouch End Open Studios.
Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre,
London N8 9BQ
Colour, Shape and Form
9 May – 15 May 2018
Anne Axford, Freya Conway, Morag Smith and Caroline Knox have collaborated on an exciting new exhibition containing both 2D and 3D work.
Isle of Wight
Thumbnail Group Show
Private view: Thursday 10th May 2018, 6pm – 9pm
9 May – 23 May 2018
A great charity exhibition showing loads of small works by several different artists.
60 Great Suffolk Street,
In Quotes: Collage and Assemblage in Contemporary Art
17 March – 19 May 2018
This group exhibit was curated by Ann-Marie James and includes work by the following artists:
Rebecca Byrne, Tim Davies, Cristina Garrido, Jorge de La Garza, Mike Goddard, Susan Hiller, Rowena Hughes, Ann-Marie James, Sharon Kivland, Linder, Alex March, Holly Stevenson, John Stezaker.
‘Social media has made ventriloquists of us all – through our online profiles and timelines we speak in quotations, found images, videos and music, each of us creating a unique assemblage that expresses an individual sense of self. Speaking through found media has become a shared language, a common tongue. Collage, as a medium, has never been more relevant.’
Gerald Moore Gallery
Sciomancy : Alex Pearl & Katherine Tulloh
28 April – 20 May 2018
‘Sciomancy is divination by consulting the shades of the dead. Through different practices these two artists create dialogues with the secret life of things, finding links between the everyday and the unknown, conjuring something extra, something unfathomable.’
110a Lauriston Road
London E9 7HA
8 May – 13 May 2018
Private View: Thursday 10 May 6-9pm
Performance Art: Jones Tensini at 8pm
Perspectives is a vibrant exhibition presented by a group of national and international artists. Each artist creates art through their own personal prism. Their themes range from the personal to the seeking of the universal. Their styles, materials and techniques vary but all offer us a unique artistic expression and strive to show us the world from their own unique perspective.
Lizy Bending, S.R. Jimmy, Naomi Rose Johnson, Simon Kloss,
Yvonne Overton, Nigel Rudkin, Francesca Serra, Jill Tattersall,
Ellen Jewell, Duart Bel Silva, Deeya Mirchandani, Dannielle Warwick,
Chris Holley, Alison Stirling, Peter D’Alessandri, Flavia Escobar
Guest Performance Artist: Jones Tensini
Curated by Carlos de Lins
159 Bethnal Green Road
Colour-Spread: Sharon Drew
14 May – 29 September 2018
Exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings inspired by the elemental energies that vitalise natural/urban landscapes made by Sharon Drew.
96b Leather Lane
Anwar Jalal Shemza: Paintings from the 1960s
10 May – 23 June 2018
A solo exhibition of works by Anwar Jalal Shemza (1928 – 85). The exhibition focuses on paintings from early-mid 1960s, created in the decade following Shemza’s relocation from Pakistan to the UK.
7 Bethnal Green Road
Surfaced: Surface and Materiality in the Screen Environment
Private View: Friday 18 May 2018
19 May – 27 May 2018
Curated by Jim Cheatle
‘Our relationship with the screen and the interface isn’t simply a visual one, it has changed from being a tool that we used at our leisure, to a necessary conduit for social interaction, pavlovian in its schema and invisible in its ubiquity, the screen is the threshold of our dematerialized condition. Painting takes its place in the world alongside and within this dominant way of seeing, reconfiguring our relationship and understanding to what is ‘real’ and tactile.
Does this environment create an underlying pressure for artists to make work that is more screenable, quicker to apprehend, less concerned with scale and depth? Or, does it reinvigorate the ‘real’ and the haptic? Can we view work with the same engagement as before, can we still ‘look’ at it in the same way?
The artists selected here aren’t necessarily directly concerned with digital dialogues or dematerialisation, however they all have a vested interest in surface and materiality. This exhibition attempts to draw attention to this interest and contextualize it within these broader ideas. – Jim Cheatle, March 2018’
Artists exhibiting include: Jim Cheatle, Alison Goodyear, Alexis Harding, Peter Lamb, Antoine Langenieux-Villard, Donal Moloney, Sarah Kate Wilson
Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
25 May – 23 June 2018
‘Transcript’ is a group exhibition curated by gallery director Zavier Ellis and artist
Hugh Mendes. Both Ellis and Mendes have an enduring interest in text based work and in the occurrence of text itself in our
general cultural environment.
336 Old St,
The Lore of The Land
30 April – 30 May 2018
Curated by David Harrison, ‘The Lore of the Land’ brings together work by a range of contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
The artists have been invited to respond to ‘The Lore of the Land’, with interpretations ranging from folklore, the land, legends and myths to landscapes; urban or bucolic, threatening or seductive.
TOBY BOUNDY / FRANCES BURDEN / ANDREW CHILD / BEN CLARKE / HAYDN COTTAM / LOUISE CRABB / SACHA CRADDOCK / LIZ DAVIS / PETER DOIG / SIMONE DOIG / BEN EDGE / ANN FARLEY / PAUL HAMLYN / DAVID HARRISON / ED HILL / NICKY HOBERMAN / PATRICIA JORDAN / ISAAC JULIEN CBE RA / ABIGAIL LANE / GAVIN LOCKHEART / VANESSA MITTER / CORNELIA O’DONOVAN / SUE ONLEY / PAIGE PERKINS / KEITH POINTING / DANNY ROLPH / AMBER ROWLANDS / ANNE RYAN / ROSS TAYLOR / GEORGE YOUNG
Japanese Art Show: Japanese Pop & Modern Art
15 May – 20 May 2018
Pop – Modern Japanese Art is a colourful and vibrant group show introducing the talent of more than 40 Japanese artists. This exhibition will include a mixture of pop and modern works and explore the artistic scene in Japan as a cultural superpower crossing a number of mediums and themes from fine art to illustration and Pop Art to Modernism and beyond. This exhibition showcases the very best of contemporary Japanese art today. More than 80 works will be exhibited !
Artists included in the show:
Arisa Okazaki, Aya, Ayaka Ozaki, Dyatomaru, Gassea, Happy, Hako,
Hyangsun Shin, Heyshiro Matsuoka, Kamoji, Kayano Ushiyama,
Kayoko Hashimoto, Kiyo Kigisu, Kikuno, Kou, Kohei Hashizuka, Kenji,
Kenji Iwasaki, Keikou Aoyama, Kyo, Lisa Suzuki, Mariko Ishikawa,
Masumi Senoo, Midori McCabe, Meiko Hitsujino, Natsuko Poe,
Papipupe Pochi, Reiko Sassa, Rune, Ryo Kuwata, Sachi☆Choco
Saori Kashimura, Shiroki, Shingo Terasawa, Shin, Seri Hano,
Tomoko Ebara, Tomoyuki Okamoto, Tetsuji Shirakawa, Takaaki Mano,
Tozo Kagamiya, Ayae Suzuki
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
RE Original Prints 2018
18 May – 9 June 2018
The annual show of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers will feature new works by leading printmakers. Embracing both established and experimental techniques, the original prints in this exhibition endeavour to inspire artists and delight visitors.
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
18 May – 1 June 2018
An exhibition of the work of four artists.
I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin. It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance, they suddenly commit suicide — plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.
It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, 1892
There are worlds in which the virtual coexists with the fairy tale. The prosaic is deliberately overlooked, and image is re-presented in an intoxicating vision of Neo-Baroque overload in all its: opulent, intriguing, unnerving, dark, dizzying, mordant, frenzied, luminous, glittering, fluoro fakery.
Surface is everything.
Neon artifice abounds.’
The Chaplin Centre,
London, SE17 2DG UK
Dan Roach: Cloud Chamber
10 May – 1 June 2018
Dan Roach’s first solo exhibition with the Eagle Gallery, London presents a new body of work that continues the artist’s preoccupation with notions of repetition, reiteration and cycles.
The term ‘cloud chamber’ refers to a scientific device used to detect and visualise the presence of sub-atomic particles – making visible the invisible and evidencing interactions that occur beyond the normal boundaries of perception. When a particle passes through the cloud chamber a momentary trail is left behind, which describes the path the particle followed before gently fading away.
The paintings’ recent motifs arose from research into tiny sub-atomic particles called quarks and the diagrams representing their construction. The arrangement of circular forms connected by thin strands appears in other areas of physics – related to unimaginably huge structures such as galactic jets, which emanate from black holes at the centres of many galaxies.
Eagle Gallery/ EMH arts
159 Farringdon Road,
Connections: Group 7 at The Slade Centre
19th May – 10th June
Artist talk & tour: Saturday, 9 June 2018 at 2.00pm
Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michelle Griffiths, Ursula Leach and Peter Symons, the artists in “group 7” have made a short, intimate film about their working processes and life in their studios. Hence the title of the exhibition being “Connections”. “group 7” have shown work collectively and individually throughout Britain and internationally. Their work is featured in many public, corporate and private collections.
The Slade Centre,
Castles in the Air: Adrienne Seed
5 May – 24 June 2018
An exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Adrienne Seed is a surrealist/dreamscape painter who has exhibited in galleries in England, America and Europe and has sculptures and paintings in major private collections. The title of her exhibition ‘Castles in the Air’ describes her lifelong journey as an artist in the pursuit of ‘the creation of visionary unattainable daydreams’. Prepared to be dazzled with an outrageously bright, bold and brilliant selection of artwork.
One collector has described having an Adrienne Seed painting “like having a living kaleidoscope on the wall: constantly changing as the light spotlights one character after another as the sun moves across the room.”
SFSA Drawing Open 2018
25 May – 3 June 2018
Over 50 Participating Artists
Kelly Sweeney / Rosalind Barker / Robert Fitzmaurice / Kate Boucher / Richard Proctor / Andrea Coltman / Stephen Buckeridge / Anna Marie Savage / Richard Phoenix / Caragh Savage / Sally McKay / Daniela White / Elina Cerla / Lucy Smith / Helen Bermingham / Steve Burden / Lucinda Burgess / Tristram Aver / Jane Ponsford / Jessie Sheffield / Ken Bruin / Clare Smith / Nicole Price / Alex Roberts / Anna Garrett / Andrea Arnold / Stephen Carley / Paula Fenwick-Lucas / James Reynolds / Charlie Betts / Eddie Smith / Corinna Spencer / Sylwia Narbutt / Philip Copestake / Rebecca Lowe / Nancy Edwards / Tamara Dubnyckyi / Mick McNicholas / Glynis Lamond / Su Bonfanti / Frederic Anderson / Tom Cartmill / Steve Perfect / Tahira Mandarino / Euan Stewart / Jo Evans / Maxwell Middleton / Marilyn Durkin / Sumi Perera / Alison Goodyear
no format Gallery
Arch 29, Rolt Street
Inspire: North Hampshire Artists
19 May – 23 June 2018
Get Inspired in North Hampshire! Visit the magnificent Willis Museum in the heart of Basingstoke to sample the treasures created by some of the region’s premier artists.
Follow the North Hampshire Art trails for a unique opportunity to meet these and other Open Studio accredited artists. Free entry.
Drawing and Painting the Agricultural Landscape: John D. Petty
13 May – 6 June 2018
An exhibition by John D. Petty of drawings and paintings of the landscape of East Yorkshire and the north bank of the River Humber an area sometimes reared to as Sunk Island. Works in graphite, acrylic and mixed media.
‘Most of my drawings and paintings are of the area along the north bank of the River Humber. It’s a landscape to which I have a strong attachment. Much of it is reclaimed marsh land and is intensively farmed. It is also flat—very flat—and I find this a stimulating challenge; how to deal with a landscape in which the only vertical accents might be the electricity poles, the hedgerows or the occasional copse of trees.’ – John D. Petty
12 High Street,
22 May – 3 June 2018
Espacio Gallery and the Chelsea Fringe are pleased to present Symbiosis, an exhibition that showcases exciting ideas from a group of national and international artists, comprising works in a variety of media giving a fresh look into some of the aspects relating to nature, growth, decay – contrasting organic forms and structures.
Ekaterina Adelskaya, Tania Beaumont, Lynne Blore, Livleen Dhaliwal,
Matt Durrant, Sally Grumbridge, Sharon Harvey, Kate Rose Jarvis, Diana Krilova, Danic Lago, Andrew Lee, Angelika Millmaker, Kate Nagle, Sirdeep Singh,
Luana Stebule, Astra Taylor-Todd, Jenny Timmer, Christina de Windt
Curated by Tania Beaumont
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
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