Immediacy of Paint
From 21 September - 21 October 2015
Curated by Laurel Berry and Laura Leahy
At Waterfront Gallery, University Campus Suffolk, Immediacy of Paint was the supportive exhibition for the symposium.
There are many internationally recognised artists living in the East of England, and many of those with links to the region have painting as their main practice. It has been the intention of the symposium and this accompanying exhibition to build upon this resource and establish a platform for bringing together networks in order to further the dialogue surrounding painting in the current moment.
This exhibition aimed to highlight the unique qualities of paint and consider the ever expanding boundaries of contemporary painting practice. It did this through the grouping of disparate images of regional artists included in the East Contemporary Arts Collection. Specifically Robert Priseman and Matthew Krishanu who spoke at the symposium with Dan Hays and Ehryn Torrell who also exhibited.
The paintings featured in Immediacy of Paint range from the precise and exquisite realms of realism to the gestural and enigmatic divisions of abstraction. We see one subject given to us in all its detail and another redelivered to us in broken down forms of reality.
From the heavy impasto of Stephen Newton’s, Window (2000), to the build-up of opaque layers in Brian James’, Queen Anne’s Revenge (2011); the paintings in this exhibition worked to highlight the contrasts of painterly approach and draw on the tensions of the painted surface.
In an image saturated world where the position of painting is constantly questioned, it is holding its own. Dan Hays’, Giverny (2012) gave examples to how painters are evolving to work within this digital age, pulling resources from the internet and other technological advancements whilst questioning the role of process and conceptual thought in contemporary painting practice.
Consequently, the seventeen exhibited paintings worked to reflect a glimpse of the broad and diverse possibilities of painting today.
Immediacy of Paint has been curated by Laurel Berry and Laura Leahy, organisers of The Immediacy of Paint: The Role of Painting in the Digital Age. Both Berry and Leahy graduated in October 2015 and began working on both the symposium and exhibition whilst studying for their Masters Degrees in Arts Practice at University Campus Suffolk.
It is intended that The Immediacy of Paint: The Role of Painting in the Digital Age will be the first of what will become an annual event.
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