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Photo London opens this coming Thursday (Preview Day Wednesday) at Somerset House and we very much hope to see you there...
04/09/2021

Photo London opens this coming Thursday (Preview Day Wednesday) at Somerset House and we very much hope to see you there.

We will be showing work from Tessa Traeger’s remarkable Voices of the Vivarais , including La Couronne.

Tessa Traeger writes of this series, ‘ I was curious to discover why this farming community in the high mountains of the Vivarais (in South East France) had clung to their traditional way of life despite the huge changes taking place around them. I sought out people who had stuck to the old ways and ignored those who had not. I wanted to know what had made them carry on. I decided that the only way to find out was to ask them myself, so after I had got permission to photograph them I would interview them and write down faithfully what they said, hence the title "Voices of the Vivarais". I found that they considered their system was a success, and therefore needed no change. They were self sufficient and extremely proud of the fact. Their aim is to "make do" and mend, if they have to spend money they feel ashamed, and that they have failed. When I asked them how they would have liked to live, if they had their lives all over again, they replied "The same as before, but with fewer anxieties, such as the crop failing or a calf dying". In fact they do not want to change anything at all, but only for fate to be kinder. What they produce is of the highest quality. The cheeses, the bread, the saucissons and hams from their farms and kitchens are clamoured for in the local markets, the big city of Lyon nearby, and Paris.

#tessatraeger #vivarais #couronne #photolondon2021 #purdyhicks #silvergelatin

Photo London opens this coming Thursday (Preview Day Wednesday) at Somerset House and we very much hope to see you there.

We will be showing work from Tessa Traeger’s remarkable Voices of the Vivarais , including La Couronne.

Tessa Traeger writes of this series, ‘ I was curious to discover why this farming community in the high mountains of the Vivarais (in South East France) had clung to their traditional way of life despite the huge changes taking place around them. I sought out people who had stuck to the old ways and ignored those who had not. I wanted to know what had made them carry on. I decided that the only way to find out was to ask them myself, so after I had got permission to photograph them I would interview them and write down faithfully what they said, hence the title "Voices of the Vivarais". I found that they considered their system was a success, and therefore needed no change. They were self sufficient and extremely proud of the fact. Their aim is to "make do" and mend, if they have to spend money they feel ashamed, and that they have failed. When I asked them how they would have liked to live, if they had their lives all over again, they replied "The same as before, but with fewer anxieties, such as the crop failing or a calf dying". In fact they do not want to change anything at all, but only for fate to be kinder. What they produce is of the highest quality. The cheeses, the bread, the saucissons and hams from their farms and kitchens are clamoured for in the local markets, the big city of Lyon nearby, and Paris.

#tessatraeger #vivarais #couronne #photolondon2021 #purdyhicks #silvergelatin

For Jorma Puranen, photography´s capacity to register reflections is its singular gift. What other medium deals so expre...
21/08/2021

For Jorma Puranen, photography´s capacity to register reflections is its singular gift. What other medium deals so expressively with the play of light and shadow? Icy Prospects has as its source historical paintings depicting Arctic landscapes and seascapes. Inspired by these lacquered paintings Puranen painted a sanded piece of wooden board with black, glossy paint to give it a reflective, mirror-like texture. Taking the board outdoors into the icy northern landscape he photographed the fragmentary reflection of the landscape on the surface of the board. Throughout Puranen´s work there is an approach that reminiscent of Jean-Luc Godard´s comment, “a photograph is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of that reflection.”

Jorma Puranen, Icy Prospects 71, part of Purdy Hicks Gallery’s current exhibition, Nordic Light – 7 Artists from the Helsinki School.

#joakimeskildsen #sandrakantanen #eevakarhu #annileppala #jormapuranen #annareivila #santerituori

#jormapuranen #icyprospects #finnishphotography #helsinkischool #nordiclight #purdyhicks

For Jorma Puranen, photography´s capacity to register reflections is its singular gift. What other medium deals so expressively with the play of light and shadow? Icy Prospects has as its source historical paintings depicting Arctic landscapes and seascapes. Inspired by these lacquered paintings Puranen painted a sanded piece of wooden board with black, glossy paint to give it a reflective, mirror-like texture. Taking the board outdoors into the icy northern landscape he photographed the fragmentary reflection of the landscape on the surface of the board. Throughout Puranen´s work there is an approach that reminiscent of Jean-Luc Godard´s comment, “a photograph is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of that reflection.”

Jorma Puranen, Icy Prospects 71, part of Purdy Hicks Gallery’s current exhibition, Nordic Light – 7 Artists from the Helsinki School.

#joakimeskildsen #sandrakantanen #eevakarhu #annileppala #jormapuranen #annareivila #santerituori

#jormapuranen #icyprospects #finnishphotography #helsinkischool #nordiclight #purdyhicks

On this very warm Saturday we are pleased to present in detail Frosty – one of the budgerigars photographed by Leila Jef...
12/06/2021

On this very warm Saturday we are pleased to present in detail Frosty – one of the budgerigars photographed by Leila Jeffreys for her series High Society, on view at Purdy Hicks Gallery to 26 June.

Neha Kale writes, ‘For Leila Jeffreys, birds are both medium and message. Her practice opens windows into critical questions about the shared anthropomorphism that connects humans with animals, the sense of wildness that tugs at the fringes of everyday existence and the fleeting and precious connections that bind us to the natural world.’

#leilajeffreys #highsociety #detail #budgie #budgerigar #nehakale #purdyhicks

(Leila Jeffreys, from the series High Society, Frost 2019 Edition of 30, photograph on archival fibre based cotton rag paper, 112 x 89 cm/44 x 35 ins)

Eeva Karhu (born 1980, Kirkkonummi, Finland) studied photography atHelsinki's Aalto University School of Arts, Design an...
14/05/2021

Eeva Karhu (born 1980, Kirkkonummi, Finland) studied photography at
Helsinki's Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She
uses nature and its seasonal passing as her guide to measure and translate
our world by the power of its presence in our daily lives. She writes '
The camera is my eye. It captures moments between what I'm viewing and me.
I record the time that I will soon pass through while I experience the
timelessness of its passing.'

Eeva Karhu Spring 2, from her new series En Plain Air will be shown at
Purdy Hicks Gallery in a forthcoming exhibition, Nordic Light.

#eevakarhu #helsinkischool #nordiclight #enpleinair #spring #purdyhicks

Eeva Karhu (born 1980, Kirkkonummi, Finland) studied photography at
Helsinki's Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She
uses nature and its seasonal passing as her guide to measure and translate
our world by the power of its presence in our daily lives. She writes '
The camera is my eye. It captures moments between what I'm viewing and me.
I record the time that I will soon pass through while I experience the
timelessness of its passing.'

Eeva Karhu Spring 2, from her new series En Plain Air will be shown at
Purdy Hicks Gallery in a forthcoming exhibition, Nordic Light.

#eevakarhu #helsinkischool #nordiclight #enpleinair #spring #purdyhicks

In her essay to accompany Jonathan Delafield Cook’s solo exhibition, Close to home, at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Tania Compto...
30/04/2021

In her essay to accompany Jonathan Delafield Cook’s solo exhibition, Close to home, at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Tania Compton writes, `Last year had been earmarked as his year to finally examine the world of the rose. ‘There is a challenge in doing roses because they come with a lot of baggage, flowers are beautiful to begin with so you’ve got to find another way into them that’s not just about prettiness’. A hybrid tea rose they inherited had been a mistreated thorny encumbrance on the building site of their new home. It bounced back from a series of dramatic prunings to reveal itself as the overlooked gem in Jonathan’s quest for the perfect rose. Sturdy ruby red stems topped by luscious scented blooms all summer, a creature henceforth destined to be treated with a bit more reverence.
#jonathandelafieldcook #closetohome #charcoaldrawing #hybridtearose #taniacompton #purdyhicksgallery
Jonathan Delafield Cook, Rose III 2021 charcoal on paper, 66.7 x 82.8 cm / 26 ¼ x 32 ½ in

In her essay to accompany Jonathan Delafield Cook’s solo exhibition, Close to home, at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Tania Compton writes, `Last year had been earmarked as his year to finally examine the world of the rose. ‘There is a challenge in doing roses because they come with a lot of baggage, flowers are beautiful to begin with so you’ve got to find another way into them that’s not just about prettiness’. A hybrid tea rose they inherited had been a mistreated thorny encumbrance on the building site of their new home. It bounced back from a series of dramatic prunings to reveal itself as the overlooked gem in Jonathan’s quest for the perfect rose. Sturdy ruby red stems topped by luscious scented blooms all summer, a creature henceforth destined to be treated with a bit more reverence.
#jonathandelafieldcook #closetohome #charcoaldrawing #hybridtearose #taniacompton #purdyhicksgallery
Jonathan Delafield Cook, Rose III 2021 charcoal on paper, 66.7 x 82.8 cm / 26 ¼ x 32 ½ in

Tom Hunter’s The After Party, from his series Life and Death in Hackney, is featured in the Frieze review of Geoff Dyer’...
25/04/2021

Tom Hunter’s The After Party, from his series Life and Death in Hackney, is featured in the Frieze review of Geoff Dyer’s new book The author’s latest book, See/Saw: Looking at Photographs, in which Dyer condenses over 100 years of history into selected moments. #tomhunter #lifeanddeathinhackney #geoffdyer #frieze

Tom Hunter’s The After Party, from his series Life and Death in Hackney, is featured in the Frieze review of Geoff Dyer’s new book The author’s latest book, See/Saw: Looking at Photographs, in which Dyer condenses over 100 years of history into selected moments. #tomhunter #lifeanddeathinhackney #geoffdyer #frieze

Jonathan Delafield Cook: Close to home 29 April - 29 May 2021 There is a self-avowed pre-enlightenment spirit to this na...
22/04/2021

Jonathan Delafield Cook: Close to home 29 April - 29 May 2021

There is a self-avowed pre-enlightenment spirit to this natural philosopher who delivers fundamental truths about nature through the prism of soft subtle texture and tone. From the moment of Jonathan’s first charcoal drawing of a fishmonger’s box of minnows his gaze on the world shifted into a tonal exploration of the natural world. Nature has been his fixed star. Bird, beast, fish and flower are the circling planets he draws in consecutive phases. 2020 was destined as a year to explore botanical themes and the lockdown pandemic set him momentarily into retrograde motion. Unable to roam far afield, his inquisitive eyes had to settle on the fields around him. Just as unease set in, his wife the illustrator Laura Stoddart, yielded a rich seam of inspiration and material from their garden.

So here we have poppy, dahlia, rose. Utterly lifelike. Utterly other. A young bull from the nearby village of Stogumber and a local Border Leicester sheep. Utterly lifelike, utterly other. You could put Jonathan Delafield Cook on a desert island with a box of matches and some very fine grade Fabriano paper, not too rough, not too smooth and magic would happen. (Tania Compton, April 2021)

Jonathan Delafield Cook: Close to home 29 April - 29 May 2021

There is a self-avowed pre-enlightenment spirit to this natural philosopher who delivers fundamental truths about nature through the prism of soft subtle texture and tone. From the moment of Jonathan’s first charcoal drawing of a fishmonger’s box of minnows his gaze on the world shifted into a tonal exploration of the natural world. Nature has been his fixed star. Bird, beast, fish and flower are the circling planets he draws in consecutive phases. 2020 was destined as a year to explore botanical themes and the lockdown pandemic set him momentarily into retrograde motion. Unable to roam far afield, his inquisitive eyes had to settle on the fields around him. Just as unease set in, his wife the illustrator Laura Stoddart, yielded a rich seam of inspiration and material from their garden.

So here we have poppy, dahlia, rose. Utterly lifelike. Utterly other. A young bull from the nearby village of Stogumber and a local Border Leicester sheep. Utterly lifelike, utterly other. You could put Jonathan Delafield Cook on a desert island with a box of matches and some very fine grade Fabriano paper, not too rough, not too smooth and magic would happen. (Tania Compton, April 2021)

Opening tomorrow at Serlachius Museum, Gosta, Finland – an exhibition of photography and video work by Santeri Tuori.  C...
26/03/2021

Opening tomorrow at Serlachius Museum, Gosta, Finland – an exhibition of photography and video work by Santeri Tuori. Constructed by combining colour and black and white, Tuori’s photographic works have been compared to classics of Romantic landscape art.

Santeri Tuori, Posing Time, 27 March 2020 – 6 March 2022

#santerituori #serlachiusmuseum #posingtime #finnishphotography #purdyhicks

(Santeri Tuori Sky 35 2021 pigment print)

Opening tomorrow at Serlachius Museum, Gosta, Finland – an exhibition of photography and video work by Santeri Tuori. Constructed by combining colour and black and white, Tuori’s photographic works have been compared to classics of Romantic landscape art.

Santeri Tuori, Posing Time, 27 March 2020 – 6 March 2022

#santerituori #serlachiusmuseum #posingtime #finnishphotography #purdyhicks

(Santeri Tuori Sky 35 2021 pigment print)

London Independent Photography is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987 that welcomes a wide range of photog...
24/03/2021

London Independent Photography is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987 that welcomes a wide range of photographers. As part of their 2021 Programme, tomorrow evening – Thursday 25 March at 7pm - Tom Hunter will be talking about his work.

For tickets and further details please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tom-hunter-london-independent-photography-talk-tickets-146183951133

#tomhunter #londonindependentphotography #zoomtalk

London Independent Photography is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987 that welcomes a wide range of photographers. As part of their 2021 Programme, tomorrow evening – Thursday 25 March at 7pm - Tom Hunter will be talking about his work.

For tickets and further details please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tom-hunter-london-independent-photography-talk-tickets-146183951133

#tomhunter #londonindependentphotography #zoomtalk

Drawings by Andrzej Jackowski and Marcia Kure were shown at the British Museum in Pushing Paper contemporary drawing fro...
16/12/2020

Drawings by Andrzej Jackowski and Marcia Kure were shown at the British Museum in Pushing Paper contemporary drawing from 1970 to now (September 2019 – February 2020) in an exhibition exploring how artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory by pushing the boundaries of the medium further than ever before.

#pushingpaper #britishmuseumprintsanddrawings #andrzejjackowski #marciakure #bridgetrileyartfoundation

Supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation the exhibition toured to The Oriental Museum, Durham; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea and will be seen next year at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney and the Cooper Gallery Barnsley.

#orientalmuseumdurham #glynnvivianartgalleryswansea #pierartscentrestromness #coopegallerybarnley

As part of the learning programme for Pushing Paper, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea commissioned a series of videos from exhibiting artists. Please visit the relevant artist’s pages on our website (link in bio) to see those by Andrzej Jackowski and Marcia Kure

David Quinn (born 1971, Dublin, Ireland) makes small-scale and intimate paintings, drawing on musical notation, minimali...
15/12/2020

David Quinn (born 1971, Dublin, Ireland) makes small-scale and intimate paintings, drawing on musical notation, minimalism, book design, signwriting and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Please visit the Viewing Room on our website (link in bio) to see his most recent series, flume.

#davidquinn #flume #smallworks #purdyhicks

David Quinn (born 1971, Dublin, Ireland) makes small-scale and intimate paintings, drawing on musical notation, minimalism, book design, signwriting and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Please visit the Viewing Room on our website (link in bio) to see his most recent series, flume.

#davidquinn #flume #smallworks #purdyhicks

We are deeply saddened to hear of Felim Egan's death. We had the enormous privilege of working with him for over twenty ...
23/11/2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of Felim Egan's death. We had the enormous privilege of working with him for over twenty years and will miss him more than words can say. Felim was a great artist, and a wonderful friend to the Gallery.

For many years Felim lived and worked at Sandymount Strand in Dublin: his great friend Seamus Heaney wrote of him in his poem Vitruviana,

On Sandymount Strand I can connect
Some bits and pieces. My seaside whirligig,
The cardinal points. The grey matter of sand And sky.
And the light playing a blinder
For a man out there close to the vanishing point,
Taking and giving bearings, marking the spot

We are deeply saddened to hear of Felim Egan's death. We had the enormous privilege of working with him for over twenty years and will miss him more than words can say. Felim was a great artist, and a wonderful friend to the Gallery.

For many years Felim lived and worked at Sandymount Strand in Dublin: his great friend Seamus Heaney wrote of him in his poem Vitruviana,

On Sandymount Strand I can connect
Some bits and pieces. My seaside whirligig,
The cardinal points. The grey matter of sand And sky.
And the light playing a blinder
For a man out there close to the vanishing point,
Taking and giving bearings, marking the spot

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