Caroline Walker : In Every Dream Home




Pitzhanger Manor Gallery is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in a public institution by London-based artist Caroline Walker.

Caroline Walker’s paintings explore ideas of gender in relation to architecture. With a particular interest in femininity, she addresses people’s physical, psychological and emotional relationships with the buildings in which they spend time – whether at home, at work, at leisure or in more mysterious circumstances. By depicting women undertaking all manner of activities, from everyday chores, sleeping and sunbathing to more obscure or dramatic scenarios, she takes the viewer inside people’s private worlds and states of mind. Some of the women depicted seem lonely, bored, tired or depressed, while others appear happy and relaxed, whether alone or in company.

Often it is unclear who the women are, or what their relationship is with the premises in which they are located, raising notions of identity, class and roles acted out at different times in people’s lives. As many of the locations depicted are luxury houses and apartments, it is hard to say if a particular person is the owner or a tenant, a guest or a maid, opening up economic, political, social and cultural questions about the paintings – are we looking at the super rich at leisure, house-sitters, holidaymakers, people under house arrest, domestic workers, squatters, or actors on set? While the paintings are often charming and appealing, there is regularly something odd or unexpected underlying them – occasionally verging on the threatening or dangerous. Sometimes dream homes can be anything but…

Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1982, Caroline Walker studied painting at Glasgow School of Art prior to undertaking an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art from which she graduated in 2009 with three prestigious awards and prizes. Within two years of graduating she had staged solo commercial exhibitions in London, Bucharest and New York, and in spring 2013 she showed with Project B Gallery, Milan. She has featured in group exhibitions including John Moores 24 at Liverpool Art Gallery; Jerwood Contemporary Painters at the Jerwood Space, London; Some Domestic Incidents: New Painting from Britain at the Prague Biennale 5, and Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting at MODEM, Hungary, and the Rudolfinum, Prague. Her work is represented in a number of private and public collections including the Saatchi Collection, the Frank Suss Collection, the Shetland Islands Council Collection and the Jimenez-Colon Collection, Puerto Rico.

In Every Dream Home has been curated by Matt Price in association with PM Gallery and House. A new monograph on the artist featuring texts by Marco Livingstone, Jane Neal and Matt Price has been published to accompany the exhibition. The project has been generously supported by the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust and ProjectB Gallery, Milan

Gallery tour

Saturday 31 August at 2pm 
Please join us for an informal tour of the exhibition with exhibiting artist Caroline Walker and curator Matt Price.
Free – just turn up  

 

 

Duration 18 July 2013 - 08 September 2013
Times Tues - Fri 1pm - 5pm, Sat 11am - 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House
Address Walpole Park London W5 5EQ, ,
Contact 020 8567 1227 / pmgallery&house@ealing.gov.uk / www.ealing.gov.uk

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