What’s happening in British painting today?
In 2012 Robert Priseman set out to see if painting in Britain really was dead, as many cultural commentators have proclaimed. With the rise of video, installation and new media art, it seemed as though painting as a viable means of human expression has been completely wiped off the agenda. Yet this it turns out, is very definitely not the case.
A British born artist himself, Robert Priseman has paintings in many international art collections, from the V&A in London to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, and in 2012 he set out on a mission to unearth and collect some of the most exciting painting being produced in the United Kingdom today. This has now formed the foundation of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.
In his quest, Robert discovered there is a growing, dynamic and vibrant painting scene happening right around the country, right now – with many serious artists working out of garages, spare bedrooms and garden studios. This new generation of British painters are creating artistic networks outside the old establishment structures of the Tate and Arts Council by using Twitter and Facebook. They are forging active critical connections from the ground up, creating forums for discussing painting such as Abstract Critical, Paint Club and Turps Banana, as well as many artist-led exhibition spaces like the Lion and Lamb, Studio 1.1, The Transition Gallery and Pluspace.
Using painting they’re asking questions such as: How do we feel about our country in the light of our past conflicts? What do our engagements with the Middle East reveal about ourselves? And does the mass-media provide a true mirror to our humanity? In their work we see a sustained interest in the advancement of abstract painting, responses to the landscape connected to environmental issues and the development of a new kind of non-specific representational narrative painting. This new realism draws largely from photographic sources obtained via the internet, television, cell phones, newspapers and family albums.
Artists represented in this new collection, which is on display for the very first time at Huddersfield Art Gallery include the Sovereign European Art Prize winner Susan Gunn, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Artslant Prize winner Alison Pilkington, Wyss Foundation Painting Prize winner Harvey Taylor, Birtle Prize for Painting winner Simon Burton, Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner and East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood.
|Duration||10 December 2014 - 14 March 2015|
|Venue||Huddersfield Art Gallery,|
|Address||Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU, ,|
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