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 July
This month’s art exhibitions not to miss collection includes several striking group shows and open submission shows that provide you with the possibility to see emerging and dynamic talent as well as two shows focusing on fascinating, historical artists and their lives.
1) Oriel Davies Open 2018: Multiple Artists
Oriel Davies’ celebrated Open exhibition includes a smorgasborg of established and emerging artists internationally.
The selectors focused on choosing original and engaging work to create this show. Looking through hundreds of entries 26 artists and artist collectives were selected, several of which are from Wales; the combination of these artists work represent the diversity of current practice that ranges from abstract to figurative through to imagined.
There are three awards to be won with the overall winner receiving £1000 and a solo show at Oriel Davies; the student winner receiving £500 (these will both be announced at the opening) and a People’s Choice award of £250 that is awarded at the end of the show after the public have voted.
Selectors include: Sacha Craddock, writer and curator; Jane Simpson, artist and Director Galerie Simpson; Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer, critic and broadcaster; Steffan Jones-Hughes, Director, Oriel Davies and Alex Boyd Jones Curator, Oriel Davies.
Exhibiting artists include: Alice Briggs, Savinder Bual, Nicola Dale, Shona Davies, Katharine Fry, David Garner, Henriette Heimdal, Nicholas Holmes, Bruce Ingram, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Jack Kettlewell, Jon Klein, Dinu Li, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Gweni Llwyd, Amanda Loomes, Garry Loughlin, Rachel Magdeburg, Myles Mansfield, Myken McDowell, Nicholas McLeod, Dave Monaghan, J.A. Nicholls, Judith Rees, Lizi Sanchez, Louise Short, Nada Velickovic, Alice Walter.
J. A. Nicholls whose work is featured above creates collages in order to make paintings, her rye, surrealist works are to the humour of Eddie Izzard and involve transmuting the world into distinctive ‘felt realities’.
‘Operating as an antithesis to the collage paintings, Nicholls makes intimate works of figures, mostly on paper. These ‘one-shot’ paintings speak with one voice, not several. Unashamed and undiluted in their fragility, transience and vulnerability. They are rough and careless in coming into being. ‘
Showing at Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales until 5th September 2018.
2) Set 24
This exhibition is a group show by the artists on the Turps Painting Programme, it demonstrates the cultivation of a group of artists who have worked alongside each other in neighbouring spaces, discussed and conversed about each other’s observations, ways of working and ideas. This melting pot has produced an array of discourses that are a full feast and set.
In 2003, the idea to establish a magazine about painting made predominately by painters became concrete during one of Phil King and Marcus Harvey’s many discussions about their own work and other painters that interested them. In 2012 the Turps Studio Programme started, to provide a dynamic structure of mentoring, peer-led learning, talks and visitors within an open studio environment. Set 24 was arranged by two members of the programme Rhiannon Rebecca Salisbury and Patrick H Jones and will be held at The Art Academy. An extra treat about this show is five minutes walk away the Turps Studios are having an open studio day, on the Saturday of the show, where you’ll be able to see where they’re working and the space they exist in.
Exhibiting artists include:
Eleanor Bedlow, Angela Brandys, Lena Brazin, Victoria Cantons, Julie Caves, The Baron Gilvan, Freya Guest, Rebecca Harper, Charles Inge, Patrick H Jones, Craig Lee, Matthew Lippiatt, Scott Miles, Olly Mulvihill, Shona McGovern, Nicholas Peall, Tomás Pizá García, Tom Rapsey, Rhiannon Rebecca Salisbury, Kieron Simms, Jonathan Small, Evan Thomas, Hannah Turner-Duffin, Sonia Wynn
Showing at The Art Academy, London between 18th July and 21st July 2018.
3) Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
The iconicism of Frida Kahlo has only increased in recent years with her receiving more and more critical and popular attention. A subversive and unusual painter Kahlo lived between 1907 and 1954 and incorporated her life events, personal style with her vibrant work so much so that many will be more familiar with her photographs than her actual paintings. This exhibition places Kahlo’s work into context with her domestic objects and specific collections, allowing the visitor to experience a sensation of standing in a physical sketchbook and to understand the aesthetic and philosophical line of thoughts that create each piece.
Many of the objects have not been displayed outside of Mexico before and come from La Casa Azul. ‘The Blue House’ was where Kahlo born, lived and died and was locked up for 50 years following Kahlo’s death at the bequest of her husband ( a muralist himself) Diego Rivera. These treasures that have been unearthed are a precious insight and exciting stimulus as to what inspires creativity and work.
Hilda Trujillo explains:
‘A series of medical corsets, supportive back-braces and a prosthetic leg [complete with leather boot] illuminate the story of her near-fatal bus crash at the age of 18, an event which caused her lasting pain, immobility and left her unable to have children. It was the catalyst for Kahlo’s interest in self-portraiture – she began to paint, while bed-bound, using a mirror inset into her four-poster bed.’
‘What makes this a clever show, as well as a riveting one, is the connections made continuously between her possessions and her paintings. It culminates in a spectacular room full of her dresses, ringed by a gallery of self-portraits and drawings in which she wears the same items, and stares at us with that black-eyed intensity of hers.’ Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times
‘This is the story of human suffering; of a feminist; of a woman who had the insight to redefine her own identity decades before Instagram filters had been invented. ‘ Evening Standard
Showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 4th November 2018.
4) The London Open 2018
The Whitechapel Gallery’s London Open only takes place every 3 years and has had popular and critical acclaim since it was launched in 1932. This year it includes the work of 22 artists and dynamically represents the contemporary, diverse work that voices the experience of what it is like to live in a global city. Set up originally at the East End Academy for ‘all artists living or working east of the famous Aldgate Pump’, it has since expanded the submission radius to all of London so it can invite a wide range of the local thriving artist community to submit. Each show is completely unique and promises variety and rising stars, work includes painting, sculpture, performance and video.
The submission calls for those, over 26, making dynamic work in the Capital to submit and the list of exhibiting alumni prove the selectors’ eye and rebelliousness. Those who have partially launched their career by showing at the Whitechapel Open include Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread and Antony Gormley.
This year selectors include: Emily Butler, Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator; Cameron Foote, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery; Ryan Gander, Artist; Paul Hedge, Hales Gallery; Robert Suss, Collector and Amy Sherlock, Frieze Magazine.
Exhibiting artists include: Larry Achiampong, Rachel Ara, Gabriella Boyd, Hannah Brown, Rachael Champion, Gary Colclough, George Eksts, Ayan Farah, French & Mottershead, Vikesh Govind, Richard Healy, Des Lawrence, Tom Lock, Céline Manz, Uriel Orlow, Rachel Pimm, Renee So, Alexis Teplin, Elisabeth Tomlinson, Jonathan Trayte, Tom Varley and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Showing at the Whitechapel Gallery, London until 26th August 2018.
5) RA 250th Summer Exhibition
The fact that this year’s RA Summer Exhibition in the 250th edition of their show celebrating ‘art made now’ makes it an interesting and monumental moment, however, if you add to that the fact they chose Grayson Perry as the coordinator means this year’s show is truly something special and spectacular.
Grayson Perry and his committee have personally curated a collection of over 1300 artworks, these include a variety of mediums and are made by artists with both renowned, established careers and those who are just starting out and are beginning to be noticed. This year’s RA Summer Exhibition features a large sculpture by Anish Kapoor in the courtyard; gallery spanning works by David Hockney and Joana Vasconcelos. Alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha, will be shown artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R.
Visiting the exhibit is also a chance to see the RA’s newly expanded cultural campus that features prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries an adeptly named room of humour that shows works by David Shrigley and Martin Parr. This exuberant show is viewable even from the streets with an installation of more than 200 flags created by Royal Academicians.
If you’re still on the fence about whether to go or if you’ve already been Grayson Perry’s video where he shows you around his highlights of this year’s show is extremely informative and interesting. You can see it here.
‘An enthusiastically democratic spectacle that breathes a gust of new life into longstanding tradition.’
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
Showing at the Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, The Sackler Wing of Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery London until 19th August 2018.
6) Spike Print Studio Learning Programme End of Year Show
Spike Print Studio, is a co-founding, not for profit studio group of Spike Island and is the largest open access print studio in the Southwest. This studio provides a wonderful collaborative environment for artists, the public and their own members to explore work and learn technical skills. Their Learning Programme, of which this is the end of year show for the 1-year portfolio course, is well established with expert tutors and a strong reputation. The creativity, hard work and success of each student is obvious within this group show. The exciting range of processes that artists employ, and that are available at Spike Print Studio, these include screen printing, relief printing, etching, photopolymer, textile screen printing, cyanotype, paper structures and collagraph. This show also includes the work of their new course Paper Structures and Textile Printmaking which launched in September 2016, for 2017-2018 the course has also been extended to include Contemporary Relief Printing.
A particular highlight of the show is the work of Molly Lemon, an old piece of whom is featured above. She is currently producing a beautiful series of wood engravings and focuses mainly on printmaking, British Wildlife and natural forms in landscapes. Coming from near Dartmoor in Devon, her need to reproduce natural forms is evidently a personal one. Additionally to printmaking, she works into pieces using oil paint, oil pastels and watercolours. She also developed with a bursary from the France Brodeur Young Artist Award a method to pressure print uniquely, a result of which is above. You can see more of her work here.
Showing at Spike Print Studio, Bristol between 22nd July and 26th July 2018.
7) Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
This exhibition comprises of 100 paintings, drawings and prints by Emil Nolde one of the greatest and most unique colourists of the twentieth century. Predominantly his work comes across as electrifying and heightened with him as an artist appearing as a restless, raw, problematic genius. His work across rural and urban landscape with distinctive depictions of his North German home’s sprawling skies, windblown landscapes and volatile seas as well as charming, eerie depictions of Berlin’s cafés and cabarets, the bustle and bobbing of Hamburg’s port and a dynamic mix of crowds and places he experienced in 1914.
The show is curated to draw you through his entire career from his early intense paintings of his homeland, to his maturing intense coloured unpainted paintings on to those on pieces of paper during the war, while he was named a degenerate artist and forbidden to work.
The conflict while looking at his work is an interesting experience in itself. His work exudes an intense flair and rawness with a intuitive and elegant use of colour that is hard to miss, however, Nolde’s Nazi, anti-semitic views also seep into the work. What still remains is the fact while Picasso and Matisse were developing a liberating use of colour in Paris, Nolde was forging similar new ground on the border between Germany and Denmark while maintaining a self-critical, subtle explorative method.
Showing at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), Edinburgh between 14th July and 21st October 2018.
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 July
Painting Inside the Matrix: Code and Its Others
7 July – 14 July 2018
Helen Baker * Lucas Dupuy * Charley Peters * Playpaint * Aaron Scheer
Painting at the End of the world is an organisation dedicated to showing the best in emerging contemporary painting and art practice. Currently based in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, this free floating curatorial project is engaging with painters from across the world via solo, duo and group shows in a variety of locations. The organisation does not represent individual artists, but seeks to act as a critical platform.
This launch show, sets out some of the concerns of the organisation, primarily in terms of the dichotomy between abstraction and representation, analogue and its post.
The Exhibition Painting Inside the Matrix: Code and its Others, acts as a way to highlight the specific turn in what is broadly described as abstract painting, towards a new engagement with forms of representation and mimesis. This first exhibition also attempts to locate the potential cultural drivers of this recent shift in contemporary paintings trajectory, by examining notions of the real and reality prevalent in neoliberal capitalism. This selection of work by painters Lucas Dupuy, Helen Baker, Charley Peters, Playpaint and Aaron Scheer represents the broad approach to painting out and thinking through the current ideological systems of control and hopefully sounds out a clear ontological position for contemporary painting that the organisation will take forward in discussion and future exhibitions.
Painting at the End of the World
The Steel Shed
Ocean Drive Leith
4 July – 28 July 2018
Private View: Tuesday 3rd July 6.30-8.30pm
Exhibiting artists include:
Anna Barlow, Lydia Blakeley, Day Bowman, Jake Clark, Marguerite Horner, Kitty Stirling, Judith Tucker, Amanda Wallwork, Sophie Marritt.
‘We British love our holidays whether it’s the annual bucket and spade job or a walking trek over the countryside, the short city break and weekends away. In fact, the very act of travel not only arouses feelings of excitement and anticipation but can be said to be part and parcel of the whole ‘getting away from it all’ experience.
The exhibition Getting Away! is based on the idea of the great British holiday and its importance in both nourishing the spirit and reconnecting with the self. Even the great Samuel Johnson, known to espouse the merits of London living, wrote that: ‘The use of travelling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.’
45 Grange Road
London SE1 3BH
22 June 2018 – 3 August 2018
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is pleased to present Hypnagogia, a group exhibition comprising new work by Gabriella Boyd, Jadé Fadojutimi, Maria Farrar, and Makiko Kudo running from 22 June to 3 August 2018.
Hypnagogia refers to a transitional state of mind between wakefulness and sleep in which fluid, hyper-associative images are conjured. Drawing upon this type of consciousness, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery brings together a group of four young female artists whose paintings offer a lucid interpretation of reality. Using memories, dreams or archival materials as their reference points, each artist views the world around them through a subjective filter. Fluctuating between abstraction and figuration, the works in the exhibition encompass how each artist works indirectly from life to create new forms of meaning.
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
6 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BT
Seen Unseen curated by Melanie Miller
28 June – 3 August 2018
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal”
Corinthians 2 4:18
Exhibiting artists: Juliette Losq, Anna Gardiner, Louise McClary, Sue Williams A”Court, Alice Oswald, Melanie Miller
Nature is a solace, a rhythm, a reminder that we are part of a cycle, it is a source of joy, curiosity, contemplation and fear. Natural catastrophes and our reactions to them are mirrored in nature but so are our own acts of war and aggression. Nature is scary, beautiful, ugly, opportunistic, tenacious and evolving as is our relationship with it.
The enduring popularity of natural history programmes attests to our fascinations, also our desire to anthropomorphise and rationalise what surrounds and ultimately, survives us. As we explore and plunder we eradicate the natural world. We fetishise and demonise as we worship; we nurture and destroy as we try to align elements to our own lives.
This exhibition presents five female painters and one poet. All of the artists would resist the label of nature or even landscape artists and yet they each present us with a unique interpretation of landscape: from the poetic and idealised to sensory understanding and to a world of urban experiences where manmade structures interact and are softened by nature before being lost to it. Some of the works appears to reflect the realisation that we are losing our intimate knowledge and experience of the natural world. Nature is neither benign nor judgmental, it is relentless; if something is neglected it will be reclaimed but once something is lost we cannot bring it back.
Long & Ryle
4 John Islip Street,
London SW1P 4PX
10 July – 15 July 2018
Private View: Thursday 12 July 6-9pm
After nine months in the studio, the eleven artists in the Imago Art Group are making their work public at the Espacio Gallery.
Emerging from this period of intense activity are works of great delicacy, vibrant eruptions of colour and texture, and mindful explorations of process and material.
The exhibition is supported by the Mary Ward Centre.
Exhibiting artists include:
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
i also paint
12 July – 12 August 2018
Work from 10 accomplished, female artists.
Exhibiting artist include:
Mary Mabbutt, Alison McWhirter, Sue Howells, Ghislaine Howard, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Olga Geoghegan, Helen Clapcott, Rebecca Eastment, Sarah Carvell, Moira Beaty.
116 Ashley Road, Hale,
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2UN
Exhibitions on in the Middle of July
Travels in a Paper Coat: Nikolai Azariah, Chris Beckett, Isao Miura
28 June – 15 July 2018
Travels in a Paper Coat is a multi-media exhibition inspired by Matsuo Bashō’s famous travelogue The Narrow Road to The Deep North. Combining film shot directly on location in the ‘wild north’ of Japan by Nikolai Azariah, with paintings, sculpture & installation by London–based artist Isao Miura, also a haiku creek of poems by Chris Beckett – visitors will be taken on an exciting interpretive journey from Bashō’s 17th century text into contemporary visual images.
Art in Perpetuity Trust
London SE8 4SA
Edgelands: Caroline Thomson
7 July – 22 July 2018
Edgelands presents a collection of paintings by Caroline Thomson that explores the notion of woods or parkland as a liminal spaces; the spaces that exist just beyond our daily domestic experience which act as a place of retreat, transformation or psychological threshold.
The paintings, although based on photographs are painted in a quick and fluid manner, which enables a sense of place to become distorted to become something other as more abstracted elements are introduced.
Figures, often the artist’s children appear or dissolve into the landscape echoing the transient nature of childhood and the slippery nature of motherhood. The resulting paintings seek to stand in for an emotional state, an inexplicable feeling or atmosphere.
Caroline received her BA Honours degree in Fine Art: Painting from Kingston University before completing an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (UAL). Her work is held in numerous private collections. She lives and works in South East London.
First Floor, The Tower
54 Kingswell Street
Benedict Hughes: Is There A Rhinoceros in The Room?
20 June – 4 August 2018
Sculptor & ceramicist Ben Hughes presents new work which continues his ongoing investigation into the evolving relationship between the functional and the aesthetical object.
Taking the recent rediscovery of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s collection of hand painted plates, The Famous Women Dinner Service, in which the duo painted a set of 50 famous woman from history onto dinner plates, Hughes presents this new body of work as a humourous documentation highlighting the diversity of vegetarians and vegans that cross race, culture and vocation with some surprising famous figures.
Just as Grant and Bell were foreseeing the parity of woman in society one hundred years ago, this series of 50 painted plates aims to showcase and celebrate figures from history and contemporary culture whose ethical values are becoming more prominent in our current society. An accompanying installation piece will also be unveiled in the basement gallery.
This exhibition develops from his exploration of the relationship between the famed Doulton Pottery (Doulton & Co.Ltd, 1854–1993), based on the nearby Black Prince Road, and Lambeth Art School (now City & Guilds of London Art School).
16 Windmill Row,
London, SE11 5DW
Follow the Line
7 July – 29 September 2018
It all begins with a line, the physical mark on a surface.
The stroke of a brush, charcoal or pencil, the splash of a sponge, a cut with a knife, incising into lino, metal or clay. Random or controlled, colour or monochrome. From initial sketches to finished works, those early marks remaining to tell the story or hidden beneath subsequent layers but still important to the final piece.
Intuitive marks, fluent and confident, spontaneous or more considered, the empty spaces telling their own story. Building those lines into blocks, creating patterns, systematic layering or seemingly uncontrolled yet never left entirely to chance.
Lines can be seen across the landscape: a neatly ploughed field, a row of trees, the wavy line of hills in the distance, where an artist can capture a sense of place. We walk these lines, footpaths and bridleways, gathering memories as we journey.
Geology, geometry, graphite, gesture, graffiti all have their part to play in influencing artists.
When choosing ceramics, shape and form become important. The outline, uncluttered by pattern encourages touch, a sense of quiet and balance. Equally we are drawn to the colours, textures and surface design, a line to entice us round the form, a tactile sensory treat. A row of bottles, a collection of jugs, a juggling dog, holding the delicate porcelain, a feast to the eyes alongside their function, a small everyday luxury.
Jewellers using repetition to create pattern out of lines. Clean, crisp, mathematical precision come to the fore. Others use a linear thread to hold onto, as well as adding colour to the line.
Ticehurst TN5 7AE
City Lit Fine Art Students
17 July – 22 July 2018
Private View Thursday 19 July 6-9pm
Espacio Gallery presents an insight into the culmination of two years of personal exploration by City Lit Fine Art students. These drawn, painted and multi-media artworks respond to themes from the aesthetics of urban and rural environments to personal histories and sensory experiences.
Visitors are given the opportunity to experience the feeling of ‘what if’ as the work offers diverse potentialities through multiple methods of presentation and engagement.
Anamaria Biro, Angel Tuloch, Anupa Nangla, Caron Ames,
Cass Breen, Claire Callow, Claudia Linnenkohl, Danielle Jacques,
Emel Can, Gayle Maidiney, Helen Dear, Juliana A Venturini Denyer,
Karen Garratt, Lauren Churchman, Lesley McGuire, Munisha Gupta,
Rosalind Hunsel, Sara Storer, Sarah Lang, Shantal Daw, Janet,
Susan Godfrey Clark, Tom Harper
Curated by Chris Hough
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
Talisman In The Age Of Difference
5 June – 21 July 2018
Curated by pioneering British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘Talisman in the Age of Difference’ is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Presenting an eclectic and surprising range of works, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present day.
Like Shonibare, all of these artists value art as a talisman: a vehicle for change. At the heart of the exhibition, Shonibare is asking, ‘Can political art truly convey the power of its subject? Can art that is unconventionally beautiful be a form of resistance?’ ‘Talisman in the Age of Difference’ seeks to answer these questions.
Larry Achiampong (British / Ghanaian)
Derrick Adams (American)
Ghada Amer (Egyptian)
Benny Andrews (American)
Michael Armitage (British / Kenyan)
Armand Boua (Ivorian)
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Ivorian)
Sonia Boyce (British)
Jake & Dinos Chapman (British)
Beauford Delaney (American)
Leonardo Drew (American)
Marlene Dumas (South African)
Melvin Edwards (American)
Samuel Fosso (Cameroonian)
Genevieve Gaignard (American)
Kendell Geers (South Africa)
Hassan Hajjaj (British / Moroccan)
David Hammons (American)
Lubaina Himid (British)
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (Zimbabwean)
Isaac Julien (British)
William Kentridge (South African)
Abdoulaye Konaté (Malian)
Jacob Lawrence (American)
Hew Locke (British)
Whitfield Lovell (American)
Zanele Muholi (South African)
Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan)
Otobong Nkanga (Nigerian)
Abe Odedina (Nigerian)
Temitayo Ogunbiyi (American)
John Outterbridge (American)
Zak Ové (British)
Irvin Pascal (British)
William Pope.L (American)
Thomas J Price (British)
Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghanaian)
Faith Ringgold (American)
Deborah Roberts (American)
Betye Saar (American)
Zina Saro-Wiwa (Nigerian)
Mickalene Thomas (American)
Bill Traylor (American)
Kehinde Wiley (American)
Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwean)
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
12 July – 25 July 2018
‘Far West sees a collective of exciting new artists explore the magic of West Cornwall. For centuries, the beauty and myth of the area has inspired artists to create in homage to the wild green moorland, which rolls down to the rugged coastline and the calm lap of waves on the shoreline, or tempestuous stormy oceans. All set against that magical light which can only be found here’
The Summerhouse Gallery
Exhibitions on at the End of July
Ambiguous Nature: Orlando Bloom
19 July – 14 August 2018
Solo show at Sunny Art Centre, London.
An exhibition of new landscape paintings which look towards on uncertain future. Dystopian themes have influenced the theme belying the celebratory feel of these new works.
Sunny Art Centre,
30 Gray’s Inn Rd,
London, WC1X 8HR
On Being: Georgina Wilkin
27 July – 29 July 2018
Georgina Wilkin, 1.00pm Saturday, Oil on canvas, 38 × 50 in; 96.5 × 127 cmFor her first solo exhibition at Kensington & Chelsea’s Art Weekend, On Being, the British artist and writer Georgie Wilkin shows a series of new works centred around the exploration of the subconscious and our instinctive unease about the unknown. Not afraid to address the darker shadows of life and living, Wilkin’s works often use the medium and process of making as a progressive manifestation of subliminal and visceral will. For On Being, she works to discuss these themes in detail.
On first impression these works seem almost incomprehensibly abstract, a complex web of intersecting line and colour; further inspection however reveals that all is not what we first see. The artist creates a palimpsest of the human as in life, with all its complexities and obscurity.
Wilkin has reverted back to the mediums of plaster and oil on canvas in order to accentuate the focus on what we see, ascending downwards toward a concentrated experience of being. But these intellectual cravings for coherence and structure are consistently denied, the images never completing what we as humans want to understand and make sense of. The resulting paintings not only hold a dynamism and vitality, but allude to the presence of time and instinct within the layers. Working on all canvases in quick succession, the artist imbues each with an energy which shifts and transforms over time.
Wilkin uses the art-form as an exposé on the subconscious and preconscious mind that dwells in us all. By denying the viewer a narrative or tangible image, the artist is in fact opening up a space for contemplation beyond rational or conscious understanding. In a world where certainty and expertise are prized so highly – not only in the public sphere but also within our own sense of selves – these works break free of concrete understanding, revelling in their state of in-between. Consequently, On Being instigates an open-ended conversation where the only thing that is certain is the certainty of the unknown.’
10 Golborne Rd,
London W10 5PE
Angel Cake: West Dean Summer Show in London
24 July – 29 July 2018
A selection of work from the West Dean Summer Show exhibition will be exhibited at Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, East London. The exhibition will showcase the work of students graduating from the full-time Visual Arts programmes, including Graduate and Diploma and MFA degrees, as well as interim exhibitions by first year MFA students. Exhibiting students will present work developed over a year of intensive study, providing visitors with the opportunity to view original work by a group of emerging artists.
159 Bethnal Green Road,
London, E2 7DG
A Sensual Aggression?: Arty by Women
30 June – 29 July 2018
Work by 16 female artists, including oil paintings and the work of Rachel Glittenberg and Charlotte Snook.
St Anne’s Galleries,
111 High Street,
Lewes, BN7 1XY
Richard Sorrell: BREXhibITion
24 July – 29 July 2018
This exhibition of paintings by RWS Past President Richard Sorrell is dedicated to the cause of ‘Exit from Brexit’. Sorrell’s paintings are inventions, or reinventions of reality, and his imagery often provokes a feeling of awkwardness. It is this that gives his work the power to communicate, and also to convey an intriguing sense of narrative.
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
Ohgetsu Fujita presents Emoji & Jazz
27 July – 29 July 2018
‘Up-and-coming Japanese artist Ohgetsu Fujita visits the U.K. especially to present her unique take on the art of calligraphy. The result is an evolution of tradition which focuses on spatial beauty. Hundred Years Gallery is proud to showcase her collection of Emoji-inspired artwork, fusing both traditional calligraphy (*1), Zenei-Shodou (*2) and her own creative techniques, which Fujita-san has mastered over the course of her career.
In addition to the free daytime exhibition, Fujita-san will be creating live artwork in tandem with omnipresent British jazz artists Séb Pipe (alto saxophone), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass) and Will Butterworth (keyboards). Live jazz performances will be presented in the form of two duos: the Pipe/Glasgow duo (Saturday 28th July / 8pm / £5) showcasing original melodic concepts, interspaced with chordal bass playing and unorthodox approaches, whilst the Pipe/Butterworth duo (Sunday 28th July / 5pm / £5) creates wondrous harmonic landscapes, singing melodies and dynamic subtlety.
(*1) It is a lesser-known fact that Chinese or Japanese calligraphy has nothing to do with writing pretty characters, but instead it is all about expressing oneself through art. Traditional calligraphy uses Kanji characters (漢字) which are adopted logographic Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system. They convey a meaning and at their origin are derived from pictures created thousands of years ago.
(*2) Zenei-Shodou seeks to deviate from traditional calligraphy boundaries and create new aesthetics based on the appreciation of the beauty of Chinese characters by excluding the idea of characters and focusing on the art of space (or “the void” (空, kuu) from the Japanese philosophy of five elements).’
Hundred Years Gallery
13 Pearson Street
London E2 8JD
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