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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

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

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23/11/2020

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Sandra Kantanen's photographs depict a natural world in metamorphosis. In her practice photography and painting unite to...
06/10/2020

Sandra Kantanen's photographs depict a natural world in metamorphosis. In her practice photography and painting unite to continually destabilise the eye. By mastering light’s most subtle photographic qualities and blending in alternative digital processes, she creates images that perfectly balance a meticulously crafted chaos of colour, distorting, blurring and brushing.

Kantanen’s new series, Still Life Flowers, bring nature within the confines of the studio. Made with long exposure and little natural light, they evoke the explosive colours and compositions of historical Dutch and Impressionist floral paintings. By digitally painting over the image, the artist questions the informative value of the underlying photograph and by applying a colour distortion, she plays with the viewer’s perception of the image, which appears to still be forming in front of our eyes. (Still Life Flowers 3 2020 pigment print Ed.5, 66 x 55 cm) #photolondon #photolondonfair #sandrakantanen

To celebrate this September sunshine here is Pierre Bergian’s sunlit golden painting, Salon des Ruines 2020 oil on panel...
15/09/2020

To celebrate this September sunshine here is Pierre Bergian’s sunlit golden painting, Salon des Ruines 2020 oil on panel, 56 x 63 cm.

#pierrebergian #salon #sunlight #golden

He writes, `I never paint artificial light. I love some sunshine coming into a room, with a lot of shadow. I also like the light of the winter sun, entering very deeply, and moonlight, especially in old houses, when it reflects on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Light in a building can be so delicate....’ .

We are delighted to present an exhibition of new paintings by Ralph Fleck, and new paintings and drawings by Claire Kerr...
03/09/2020

We are delighted to present an exhibition of new paintings by Ralph Fleck, and new paintings and drawings by Claire Kerr, opening Saturday 5 September.

Claire Kerr writes `Friedrich Moon shows a detail from Caspar David Friedrich’s A Walk at Dusk (early 1830’s) in the Getty Museum, imagined as a small postcard. In Friedrich’s painting a man stands by a megalithic tomb in a winter landscape in an image full of atmosphere: the stillness, subdued tones and the tracery of the branches silhouetted against the sky seem at first to give the painting a rather sombre mood – though one of contemplation, perhaps, rather than melancholy, under the light of the waxing moon with the Evening Star close by. The moon features in many of Friedrich’s works -of which the much-loved versions of Two Men Contemplating the Moon are perhaps the most famous -but there are a number of others including Moonrise over the Sea (1821), Northern Sea in the Moonlight(1823-4), or Deep in the Forest by Moonlight (c.1823). In Friedrich, the moon is a symbol of renewal, but also of the sense of time and space beyond our human scale and there is something uniquely inspiring about the moon: unlike the sun –which we normally cannot look at directly and under which everything is bright, the moon is a focal point and its light gives objects an unfamiliar, other-worldly cast. We often keep postcards as reminders –of something seen, certainly, but also a moment in time, a place, a feeling; it can be something oblique, intangible, difficult to describe which the image then recalls.’ Claire Kerr, Friedrich Moon 2020 oil on panel 15 x 20 cm, 6 x 8 inches.

#clairekerr #caspardavidfriedrich #awalkatdusk #gettymuseum #purdyhicks

Samuel Fosso (born 1962, Cameroon)  opened his photographic studio in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republi...
18/08/2020

Samuel Fosso (born 1962, Cameroon) opened his photographic studio in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, at the age of 13. During the day Fosso ran a commercial studio, photographing the residents of Bangui, while at night he created highly performative black and white self portraits in which he adopted a series of male personas, alluding to the idea that gender is an artificial proposition.

#samuelfosso #barbicangallery #masculinities #liberationthrough photography #finalweek

The pictures from that mid-70s period, some of which are currently on show at the Barbican Gallery, show the teenage Fosso in a variety of guises and can also be read as an act of discreet political rebellion against the censorious rule of Jean-Bédel Bokassa, the self-declared Emperor of Central Africa who had instituted a ban on tight-fitting clothes. Ultimately, these carefully staged portraits enabled Fosso to assert his own presence, as he says `When you look at my work, it’s my body that is looking at me. It’s my way of seeing’.
@ Barbican Centre

Ingres VI from Céline Bodin’s series, Light of Grace.  Re-enacting the suggestive gesture borrowed from Old Masters to 1...
07/08/2020

Ingres VI from Céline Bodin’s series, Light of Grace. Re-enacting the suggestive gesture borrowed from Old Masters to 19th century paintings, the series Light of Grace explores female representation’s conflict with ideals and beauty archetypes. The series reflects on a world of virtuality and image proliferation, in which our eye is constantly stimulated to recognise and where sight has become a dominant form of knowledge. By only suggesting identities and pictorial aesthetics, these photographs thereby test the logic of our perception and acknowledge our eye’s tendency to immediate association. The series explores Beauty’s intuitive quality, existing beyond the clarity and precise traits of a particular object.

#celinebodin #ingres #lightofgrace #baigneuse

Each photograph acts as an evidence of a typical representation of women across time, within which are quickly recognised the everlasting themes, and perhaps redundant pretexts for female iconography, that continuously served the idea of femininity. Such images leave the viewer in a search through their own catalogue of art history.
#purdyhicks

Jorma Puranen: Museum Meditations at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku to 8 November. A major solo exhibition including some ...
19/07/2020

Jorma Puranen: Museum Meditations at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku to 8 November.

A major solo exhibition including some of Jorma Puranen's most extensively worked series (Imaginary Homecoming; Icy Propsects, Shadows, Reflections and All That Sort of Thing) as well as recent works from Memoradum of Loss.

The photographic works of Jorma Puranen are a study in history, art, ethnography, anthropology and geography. His images dive deep into archived images and knowledge as well as the histories of our arctic regions. Our sense of cultural memory is explored through themes that span centuries. Puranen aims to unveil hidden histories, stories left in the margins and places that have been forgotten. At the same time the process of photography grounds his work in the present moment.
#jormapuranen #aboavetusarsnova #helsinkischool #shadowsreflections #purdyhicks

Andrzej Jackowski says of his painting, Light-Years, ‘The flowering tree has a feeling of blossoming and things starting...
11/07/2020

Andrzej Jackowski says of his painting, Light-Years, ‘The flowering tree has a feeling of blossoming and things starting up –perhaps a wedding? There is also the sense of looking back in time, and of something that has gone; a sense of loss’. This work is on show in our recently opened exhibition Rebooting Nature. #andrzejjackowski #rebootingnature #purdyhicks

Opening this coming Thursday, 9 July,  at Purdy Hicks Gallery – Rebooting Nature.  For years artists, along with scienti...
06/07/2020

Opening this coming Thursday, 9 July, at Purdy Hicks Gallery – Rebooting Nature. For years artists, along with scientists, have been showing us the world is changing. Some are brimming with ideas about how it should change while others just share the way they look at nature. The recent lockdowns around the world have put everything on hold except nature. In one sense life stopped still and in another it accelerated. This has triggered some instant response, but most of the artists in this exhibition are taking advantage of an altered sense of time. Life moves very quickly for most of us, but this is no reason why we cannot appreciate art that works on us at a gentler pace, makes us slow down and watch nature reboot. (Sandra Kantanen, Still Life (Flowers 1) Pigment Print, Edition of 5, 66 x 55 cm)

#takashiarai #suearrowsmith # mireilleblanc # costanzachia #jonathandelafieldcook #susanderges #andrzejjackowski #leilajeffreys #sandrakantanen #annileppälä #michaelporter #jormapuranen #annareivilä #carlottaroma #santerituori #charlotteverity

Tom Hunter writes of this work Trilithon, from his series Axis Mundi 2013, ‘As a teenager in the late Seventies the trib...
22/06/2020

Tom Hunter writes of this work Trilithon, from his series Axis Mundi 2013, ‘As a teenager in the late Seventies the tribalism and eccentricity in England seemed to explode, with hundreds of bikers roaring through our village on a Bank holiday, like a huge invading army of Goths, to the Mods, Skinheads and my new adopted brethren the Punks. Some of these tribes were drawn to the Stonehenge Free Festival. Wandering through the makeshift encampment was for me to wander back through the Imperial Roman Empire, with the police in strict formations, uniforms and detachments, stationed around the festival site, peering but not venturing in, as if scared by ancient magic. Inside the encampment, tribes of Hippies, Hells Angels, Punks, Druids and locals circled and swarmed in some strange dance. As you traversed the main drag, which led from ancient burial mounds to Stonehenge itself, you were bombarded with signs for magic potions with such names as White Lightnings, Supermen, Red Dragons and Shroom tea. This seemed to be the last stand for the plucky eccentrics who, like Asterix and Obelix, used stones as symbols of their connection to the earth and the environment around them.’ #tomhunter #stonehenge #summersolstice #purdyhicks #trilithon #axismundi

21/02/2020

Opening here on Friday 28 February - new work from Santeri Tuori's Water Lilies series

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20/11/2019

One of the most important painters working in Scandinavia today Ornulf Opdahl explores the vast and majestic landscapes of the west coast of Norway where he lives and works. Ornulf Opdahl's exhibition of new paintings opens at Purdy Hicks Gallery on Friday 22 November.

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20/11/2019

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Pierre Bergian's exhibition of new paintings is now open - Bergian's work looks at rooms and spaces that are often almos...
05/09/2019

Pierre Bergian's exhibition of new paintings is now open - Bergian's work looks at rooms and spaces that are often almost empty, bar a small selection of furnishings and objects. He is intrigued by the many old, abandoned houses he encountered as a child: buildings shrouded in an air of the mysterious.

The Blackbirds (or snowbirds) - at @purdyhicksgallery Drawing a New World (to 31 August). Marcel Dzama and Raymond Petti...
26/07/2019

The Blackbirds (or snowbirds) - at @purdyhicksgallery Drawing a New World (to 31 August). Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon began collaborating in 2015: swapping the first of a series of drawings to be completed by the other. The two artists‘ distinct styles are combined in a revealing and often seamless fashion: in some works it is almost impossible to say who made what. #marceldzama #raymondpettibon

The Blackbirds (or snowbirds) - at @purdyhicksgallery Drawing a New World (to 31 August). Marcel Dzama and Raymond Petti...
26/07/2019

The Blackbirds (or snowbirds) - at @purdyhicksgallery Drawing a New World (to 31 August). Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon began collaborating in 2015: swapping the first of a series of drawings to be completed by the other. The two artists‘ distinct styles are combined in a revealing and often seamless fashion: in some works it is almost impossible to say who made what. #marceldzama #raymondpettibon @ Purdy Hicks Gallery

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05/07/2019

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27/06/2019

Drawing a New World - Jonathan Delafield Cook, Nilbar Gures, Andrej Jackowski, Yifat Bezalel, Marcia Kure, Pavel Pepperstein, Mireille Blanc, Marko Maetamm, Claire Kerr, Marcel Dzama & Raymond Pettibon, Olga Chernysheva, Alice Maher, Ciprian Muresan

New work by Celine Bodin from her Light of Grace series; Ancher III 2019 giclee print #celinebodin #annaancher #lightofg...
27/06/2019

New work by Celine Bodin from her Light of Grace series; Ancher III 2019 giclee print #celinebodin #annaancher #lightofgrace #purdyhicksgallery

Andrzej Jackowski’s magnificent painting selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019.  The Remembered Present ...
03/06/2019

Andrzej Jackowski’s magnificent painting selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019. The Remembered Present 2019 oil on canvas 152 x 142 cm

Busy Saturday @photolondonfair Final day tomorrow open 12-6.30. Visit our stand A4 to see this work by Awoiska van der M...
18/05/2019

Busy Saturday @photolondonfair Final day tomorrow open 12-6.30. Visit our stand A4 to see this work by Awoiska van der Molen 417-5 2016 hand printed silver gelatin print #awoiskavandermolen #photolondon #somersethouse

We look forward to seeing you at Photo London next week. Jorma Puranen Portrait de Femme (Metsu) #jormapuranen #photolon...
10/05/2019

We look forward to seeing you at Photo London next week. Jorma Puranen Portrait de Femme (Metsu) #jormapuranen #photolondon #somersethouse

Diana Matar - Residency at Museo Archeologico Nazionali Naples #dianamatar
06/05/2019

Diana Matar - Residency at Museo Archeologico Nazionali Naples #dianamatar

Sandra Kantanen's exhibition opens here on Friday.  New works to accompany the publication Sandra Kantanen (Hatje Cantz ...
04/05/2019

Sandra Kantanen's exhibition opens here on Friday. New works to accompany the publication Sandra Kantanen (Hatje Cantz 2019)

Today and tomorrow last chance to see Celine Bodin’s solo exhibition Light of Grace @purdyhicksgallery #celinebodin #pur...
03/05/2019

Today and tomorrow last chance to see Celine Bodin’s solo exhibition Light of Grace @purdyhicksgallery #celinebodin #purdyhicksgallery #nottobemissed

We wish you a wonderful Easter weekend and look forward to seeing you after the break - Celine Bodin’s exhibition contin...
18/04/2019

We wish you a wonderful Easter weekend and look forward to seeing you after the break - Celine Bodin’s exhibition continues to 4 May. This is followed by Sandra Kantanen’s solo show opening 10 May - and we will be at Photo London 16 - 19 May (Sandra Kantanen Forest 10)

A commission from The New Yorker for Celine Bodin -  for their publication of Pat Barker’s story Medusa (15 April issue)
13/04/2019

A commission from The New Yorker for Celine Bodin - for their publication of Pat Barker’s story Medusa (15 April issue)

Light of Grace - Celine Bodin @purdyhicksgallery to 4 May. Two beautiful series showing here @ Purdy Hicks Gallery
06/04/2019

Light of Grace - Celine Bodin @purdyhicksgallery to 4 May. Two beautiful series showing here @ Purdy Hicks Gallery

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03/04/2019

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03/04/2019

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