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 March
This month’s not to miss choices include shows that look at well-known artists, as well as exhibitions that offer an opportunity to see some of the best international artists capturing the essence of their country.
1. Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
This spring, Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of Harald Sohlberg (1869–1935), one of Norway’s greatest landscape painters. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his birth, this major retrospective has close to 100 works, including archive material, and captures the importance of colour and symbolism in his art. His skill in evoking the beautiful wilderness of the Nordic landscape has cemented his position as one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art.
Showing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, until 2nd June 2019.
2. The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
In their first Vincent van Gogh exhibition since 1947, Tate Britain has brought together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh, revealing how he was inspired by British Art, literature and culture throughout his career. Van Gogh lived in London between 1873-76 as a trainee art dealer – he lodged in Brixton and fell in love with the city.
Bringing together the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade, this exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters.
Showing at the Tate Britain, London, from 27th March to 11th August 2019.
3. Affordable Art Fair – Battersea Spring
Now in its twentieth year, the Affordable Arts Fair in Battersea presents an array of original artworks by living artists, all priced between £100 and £6,000. Alongside the chance to buy a wide selection of contemporary artwork, there are hands-on workshops, informative talks, expert tours and more.
The fair takes place at Battersea Park, London from 7th March 2019 to 10th March 2019.
4. Alex Katz
Known for their simplicity, stripped-down colour palettes and ‘reductive’ forms, Alex Katz’s elegant paintings present a modern American take on the classical themes of portraiture, landscape, figure studies, marine scenes and flowers. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927, Katz’s minimal aesthetic was forged as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism and emerged in anticipation of the Pop Art movement.
This exhibition will provide viewers with the opportunity to see a substantial body of his work selected from the ARTIST ROOMS collection – a collection of international modern and contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Showing at the Tate Liverpool until 10th March 2019.
5. BP Portrait Award 2018
One of the most prestigious painting competitions in the world is now showing for its ninth year at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The award represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting and with a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.
Over the years this has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries and since its launch it has been seen for free by over six million people. It continues to be an unmissable highlight of the Scottish art calendar.
Showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until 10th March 2019.
6. The Beardsley Generation
This exhibition explores the reasons why illustrations by the Beardsley generation of artists in the 1890s were so radically different from anything that had been produced before. In doing so, it explores the impact that new photographic means of reproduction (process engraving) had on illustration.
Artists who had relied on the craft wood-engraver to work up their sketches for publication were replaced and a new generation of artists, well versed in the requirements of process engraving, were in demand. The work of Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Ricketts, Laurence Housman and the Robinson brothers are central to the exhibition and their work is represented through original drawings, books and periodicals drawn from both public and private collections.
Showing at the Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, until 19th May 2019.
7. Dorothea Tanning
An important figure in the Surrealist movement, Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) wanted to depict ‘unknown but knowable states’, often using her own dreams as inspiration. Her early work combines the familiar with the strange, exploring desire and sexuality. Later in her career Tanning’s paintings became more abstract, and in the 1960s she started making pioneering sculptures out of fabric.
The first large-scale exhibition of Dorothea Tanning’s work to be held for 25 years, this exhibition brings together 100 works from her seven-decade career – from surrealist paintings to a room-sized installation.
Showing at the Tate Modern, London, until 9th June 2019.
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 at the Start of March
Alexander Bühler: Unfolded
8 March – 31 March 2019
Alexander C. Bühler was born in Switzerland and currently lives and works between Mexico City, Berlin & Zürich. The paintings in his new solo show, his third with studio1.1 and his first for a few years in the UK, ‘teasingly avoid settling into focus’ – each painting is an experiment and poses a fascinating insight into the workings behind the unique Swiss artist.
57A Redchurch St
5 March – 10 March 2019
Fifteen figurative painters have collaborated to explore diverse approaches to the concept of the urban environment, responding to the contemporary urban world. Each artist is attempting to capture the visual character and essential forces of the city experience through depicting scenes of everyday life, the beauty of commonplace things or their interpretations of the symbolic, psychosexual and human drama of the city. The exhibition produced by these ‘Urban Contemporaries’ offers new insight into the forgotten, overlooked, dirty underbelly of the urban experience and also its uplifting, chaotic energy and movement.
The artists involved are: Sharon Beavan, Frank Creber, Gethin Evans, Susanne du Toit, Ferha Farooqui, Annette Fernando, Tim Hyman RA, Sarah Lowe, Michael Johnson, Elizabeth McCarten, Michael Major, Alex Pemberton, Melissa Scott-Miller, Grant Watson and Charles Williams.
159 Bethnal Green Road,
16 February- 9 March 2019
British artist Will Teather is well-known for creating arresting images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. Teather’s solo exhibition with Zakura Gallery focuses upon paintings produced during a period in which the artist was obsessed by magical realist literature, often reimaging personal experiences as theatrical scenarios. In the spirit of magical-realist fiction, the storytelling within these paintings explores the indefinite space between reality and fiction.
8 Shillingford St
2 March – 31 March 2019
Gabriela Giroletti (b. 1982, Brazil) recently graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art. She was awarded the Desiree Painting Prize and has been an artist in residence at Winsor and Newton headquarters. She was the runner up for the Chadwell Award, nominated for the Adrian Carruthers Award, shortlisted for this year’s Elephant x Griffin Prize and The Ingram Collection Purchase Prize.
Viewing Room, Unit 8
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Drawing Biennal 2019
20 February – 26 March 2019
An exhibition and auction of over 200 unique drawings showcasing the most exciting artists working today. The exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations. Proceeds from the auction support Drawing Room’s exhibition, learning and publishing programme and growth of its unique study library.
1-27 Rodney Pl
Elephant & Castle
Flora Yukhnovich: Sweet Spot
8 February – 30 March 2019
Flora Yukhnovich’s paintings navigate between figuration and abstraction and trace connections between a visual language originating in the Rococo with contemporary popular culture, examining and questioning how notions of femininity, taste and beauty have been encoded and restated throughout art history before becoming entrenched within the contemporary aesthetic.
The diverse sources for her work are drawn from art history — specifically 18th-century French painting — but are filtered through references to contemporary fashion and music imagery, glossy magazines targeted at young girls, or the packaging of Barbie dolls and Disney toys.
18 Woodstock St
Exhibitions on in the Middle of March
Davina Jackson: Close To The Sun
14 March – 17 April 2019
London born artist Davina Jackson makes paintings of human figures, pared down to an essential, schematic abstraction. These expressive iterations of dynamic form are derived from a personal iconography of classical allusion and allegory. The images are shaped from the elemental material of the palette, suggestive of archaeological excavation and unveiling. The story of Icarus is a recurrent theme – his falling image features in several paintings, operating as both symbol and compositional device.
43 Cadogan Gardens
Olivia Lomenech Gill
13 March – 23 March 2019
Olivia Lomenech Gill’s wonderful illustrations for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them drew great strength from her diverse array of techniques as well as her fascination with wildlife. This new body of work, made especially for this exhibition, sees her explore further the possibilities of printmaking techniques to portray some of her favourite creatures. Sometimes these are informed by myth and fable, and sometimes purely acts of observation, but each work is an opportunity to explore and experiment further with a range of media.
Abbott and Holder
30 Museum St
by the way
14 March – 24 March 2019
This group of seven artists and one writer all make work that emerges from an engagement with the landscapes they inhabit and move through. by the way is part of an ongoing project called Things That Are There.
‘We use the phrase “by the way” when we want to introduce a new topic, something we have just thought of but needs to be said. We may not be quite sure of its importance but will share it anyway. It is this spirit of the incidental, tangential, happened upon, and the new that informs the working practices of the artists in this show and gives energy to the group.’
140 Lewisham Way
Charlotte Mayer: The Space Between
13 March – 18 April 2019
To celebrate her 90th birthday, Pangolin London is proud to present a major solo show of sculpture and works on paper by Charlotte Mayer. With an array of both early and new work, the exhibition highlights Mayer’s exceptional craftsmanship and relentless dedication to making sculpture.
90 York Way
Lifeline: A Retrospective of Works by Paul Dash
1 March – 29 March 2019
Lifeline is the first major solo exhibition by Paul Dash and, for the first time, brings together works from throughout his career, spanning the 1960’s to present day. The collection of works presented include figurative and semi-abstract large-scale paintings and a selection of ink drawings focusing on several themes drawing on his Caribbean heritage such as carnival. A member of the Windrush Generation, his more recent work confronts the reality of the current refugee crisis in a series of sensitive pieces based in ink, watercolour, and collage.
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
198 Railton Rd
14 March – 14 April 2019
This show connects work from four UK-based artists whose sculptural works, and the material processes that underpin them, suggest a ripple of instability in their very foundations. Through diverse approaches – hints at figuration, fragile materials and precarious formal constructions – collectively these artists look at fault lines in their materials, allowing emotional and interior states to bubble up to the surface.
113 Regent’s Park Rd
NoPlaceArt Presents: What do you see? How do you feel?
7 March – 17 March 2019
This exhibition aims to show the perceptions of the world through the eyes of 18 individuals. Each artist is tackling their own perceptions and understandings of the world they see. You can expect to see a multitude of different conceptual ideas, from architecture and the shifting geometric landscapes to emotions and the human connection, from the space landings of the 1970’s to the first ascent of Mount Everest, from the notions of memory to the feelings of travel, from the anxieties of technology to the tactility of surfaces, from the enigma of the digital revolution to the chance happenings of the process of creation. All of which helps to build an understanding of our environment.
Rowan Siddons – Jasmine Graham – Lena Yokoyama – Jessica Power – Pam Grimmond – Rachel Sankey – Harry RM – Aidan Madden – Jasmine Gilhooly – Kimbal Q Bumstead – Mona Neilson – Sari Majander – Billy Bagilhole – Jacintha Philip – Bronwen Sleigh – Marie Linsdell – Morgan Doyle – Parametrica
71 Ashfield Road
Freya Douglas-Morris: The Sun Long Night
15 March – 27 April 2019
The title of Douglas-Morris’s show The Sun Long Night is a line adapted from Fern Hill, a poem by Dylan Thomas, in which the poet reflects on the ‘lamb white days’ of his youth. Douglas-Morris’s compositions are similarly imbued with childhood memories, evoking different textures and emblazoned with patterns from a distant time and place. Douglas-Morris forms quick marks using thin layers of paint and her characters are defined by their relation to negative space: the relative lack or absence of paint in places.
Unit 1, The Gransden
39-45 Gransden Avenue
Suzanne Baker: Brixton Market Paintings
14 March – 19 March 2019
Having graduated from the London College of Printing in 1982, Suzanne Baker followed a successful career as Art Director for British Vogue, the Tatler and Conran Design Group. From 1994 she has painted full-time – first in Spain and now in London. Since 1995 she has shown her work in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Suzanne is showing large oil paintings as well as works on paper, all capturing the lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Brixton Market.
Jeannie Avent Gallery
14 North Cross Road
14 March – 17 March 2019
FLUX, now in its sixth year, is a curation of over 100 carefully selected contemporary artists chosen by Lisa Gray. The exhibited work is by emerging dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists. It offers the opportunity for you to see great names of the future as they emerge. We decided to have a closer view at a few of the artists whose work you can expect to see there.
National Army Museum
5 March – 30 March 2019
‘I have always had a more surreal and abstract viewpoint in life and seeing and feeling things that are invisible to most people. My creations have been influenced by my life experiences, plus the way in which I interact with the world and my visions of the future. All of this combined has inspired me to push myself to go into unchartered territory with my art, and bring my thoughts and inner emotions out onto the canvas..’
383 Hoe Street
Israeli Contemporary Artists Exhibition
11 March – 24 March 2019
‘Despite the abrupt changes and daily use of technology, which has become an integral part of our lives that we cannot do without, and despite its influence over our behaviour, which has led to growing insensitivity towards ourselves and others, we can still find endless, diverse sensitivity in art. These artworks deliver an inner and outward message: the human core is still alive and kicking. Each artist here is unique in style and technique, and yet they all share the message that we are human beings who must learn to live together and arouse the dormant human within us – and for that cause, there is no better way than the culture of human creation, and no better tool than art, which embodies the spirit of creation and reminds us that we are all one big family.’ Rami Azzam, curator and artistic director.
Sara Weitzman, Tami Tamuz, Uzi Tal, Zahava Lupu, Edna Ben Arie, Ruth El-Raz, Vered Gour, Shayel Niran Yahalom, Eli Granot, Ruthy Kalman, Yaffa Shabat, Shlomit Lahat Hanani, Yoel Marek, Irit Biber, Danieli Ben, Aviva Berger, Menucha Cohn, Shay Hardan, Drora Avisar, Ika Abravanel, Chana Helen Rosenberg, Jacob Levy, Dr. Anat Ein–Gedi, Hannah Hirshman Cohen, Etty Lev, Daniel Levy, Ruth Zuker, Tzipi Achishahar, Itshak Yarkoni, Michal Avrech, Anna Zinger, Aviva Beitler, Pnina Meiri, Ida Lomianski, Israel Tabakov, Ilan Shait, Yudit Yitzhaki, Tzivia Pouni, Ronit Koren, Miriam Yari, Michal Kimchi, Rachel Amir, Inbar Pianko.
159 Bethnal Green Rd
Dominic Dispirito: PIE ‘N’ MASH
14 March – 15 April 2019
Annka Kultys Gallery presents Pie ’n’ Mash, an exhibition of new paintings by the British artist Dominic Dispirito. Pie ’n’ Mash is Dispirito’s second solo presentation with the gallery following his successful 2018 debut show In the Garden, Council Housed and Violent. The paintings in Pie ‘n’ Mash focus on Jackie, a figure renowned across the East End of London as the ‘Pearly Queen of Hackney’ or simply ‘Pearly’. Jackie is the latest in an illustrious line often referred as ‘London Royalty’, her forebears first being crowned pearly kings and queens of Hackney in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Born in London where he currently lives and works, Dispirito earned his MFA in 2017 from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. In 2017, Dispirito was awarded the Bruce Maclean Prize and later that year won the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award. In 2018, he was nominated for the Dentons Art Prize.
Annka Kultys Gallery
472 Hackney Road
Unit 3, 1st Floor
Exhibitions on at the End of March
22 March – 30 March 2019
Curated by Karolina Albricht and Matt Lippiatt, the show will bring together a group of 9 contemporary artists and focus on the use of the colour black in their work. It will be accompanied by an essay written by Sarah White.
United 3 Projects
The Accessible Art Show
1 March – 23 March 2019
The Accessible Art Show will showcase up to 50 local Hampshire artists, displaying over 300 pieces of original artwork. Combining an art exhibition, art fair and gallery with an online auction.
23 March – 27 April 2019
Beth Robertson Fiddes is in a solo exhibition of painted work exploring the coastlines and shores of the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Born in the neighbouring Isle of Tiree, Beth is revisiting echoes of her past and her early childhood paintings of the sea on trips with her father. This award-winning artist has gone from strength to strength since her first solo exhibition at Doubtfire Gallery in 2012.
3 S E Circus Pl
21 March – 24 March 2019
With an art practice originating on the streets and encompassing film and music as well as fine art, renowned street artist and fine artist Raymond Salvatore Harmon is best known for his architectural scale installations. Working exclusively outdoors, his paintings infuse the qualities and restrictions dictated by the elements with abstract yet powerful social commentary.
The Old Bank Vault
283 Hackney Rd
Ryohei Kan: As you see it
21 March – 17 May 2019
The UK first showing of works of Ryohei Kan. With works of video, mixed media installation, photography, Kan investigates the ‘void’, portraying various facets of empty gallery space and at the same time questioning architecture, reality and conceived reality.
Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
19 Goulston St
The Next Wave: The Power of Authenticity and Self-Validation
21 March – 26 March 2019
The House of African Art’s (HAART) inaugural exhibition will be a celebration of fresh, new perspectives on artistic talent coming from the continent and break free from any stereotypical characterization of works by artists from Africa. The exhibition aims to convey the importance of artists (and people in general) being confident and proud of themselves, their culture and their national heritage, rather than feeling the need to wait for external validation or approval from certain persons or institutions for either themselves or their work to have value.
402 Cremer Street
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