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Bryan Lavelle

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Artists Statement

My work is an investigation into the properties of my chosen materials and the process of painting.

Artists who influence and inform my practice include; Ian Davenport, Jason Martin, Liam Gillick, Dan Flavin, Richard Wilson, Alexis Harding, Anish Kapoor and Robert Ryman.

Some of the processes used within my work are -

Use of poly-chromatic colour

Repetition of form

Harnessing of uncontrollable factors such as gravity

Harnessing of unpredictable characteristics of paint

Use of post-modern materials

My work has no layers of hidden meaning or narrative waiting to be uncovered, nor does it elude to be anything that it isn’t; through making external references outside of the work itself. My work can be considered a structured representation of what the viewer is actually looking at; that is, materials and process (MDF, paint and gravity).

Through my choice of materials and the use of gravity to ultimately make the mark, I am able to make abstract paintings that become self referential, questioning only themselves as artworks. Through subverting the viewer’s attention in this way, from seeking narrative that may not necessarily be there; the only conceivable narrative within my work becomes the materials and the process itself.

Education

2005 - 2007      

MA Fine Art Practice & Theory (Painting)

Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton

2001 - 2005                  

BA (Hons) Visual Art – 1st class

Winchester School of Art - University of Southampton

1999 - 2001                  

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Weymouth College

Exhibitions

2015

Evolver Prize, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

Dorchester Arts Open, Dorchester (Prize Winner)

2014

Black Swan Arts Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome

Painting Now, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells & Mendip Mueum, Wells

Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street (Prize Winner)

Contemporary British Painting, Huddersfield Art Gallery

@PaintBritain, Ipswich Art School, Ipswich Museums

Christmas Show, The Crypt, Marlyebone, London

2013

WW Solo Award, WW Contemporary Art, London

2012

Pop up Dorset, Portland                                                           

Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery Street                                     

ArtHAUS, DegreeArt.Com Gallery, London

2011

re:space, Link Gallery, Wincheste

2010

Affordable Art Fair, New York

Affordable Art Fair, London

re:space, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

2009

Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Cut to The Chase, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton

Group Show, Dalston Square, London

2008

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

Group Show, IBM, Hursley House, Winchester

2007                

Celeste Art Prize, Old Truman Brewery, London, touring to Lyons and Turnbull, Edinburgh

MA Degree Show, Winchester School of Art

2006                            

MA & Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Street              

Full Spectrum, Sherborne House, Sherborne

2005                

BA Degree Show, Winchester School of Art

Commissions

The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London

Prizes

2007 Celeste Art Prize, Student Finalist

Recent Work

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