7 July – 25 August 2016
Curated by Dr. Christian Edwardes
TheGallery is delighted to host the Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016. This group exhibition presents fresh new works by the three outstanding early career painters chosen as the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellows: Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis. They were selected from over 400 applicants to undertake a yearlong mentorship with three eminent UK painters: Phoebe Unwin, Jane Harris and Dan Coomb. Each Fellow received a bursary to support the development of their practice during this time.
This is the third edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships, launched by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2010 to provide critical support for exceptional painters embarking on their professional careers.
Jerwood Painting Fellowships
Jerwood Painting Fellowships is an initiative launched in 2010 by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It is designed to provide crucial time and critical support to promising emerging painters in the early stages of their professional practice. This is the third edition of the Fellowships.
The Fellowships offer three artists bursaries coupled with a year-long mentorship with an established artist and an exhibition of new work as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts exhibition programme at the Jerwood Space, London and on tour. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide a devoted period of support in each Fellow’s practice, allowing them to explore and develop their work and ideas across the year, benefit from the perspective of both their mentor and peer Fellows, and gain exposure from the group exhibition programme.
The Fellows follow in the footsteps of impressive alumni. The previous two editions have united painters Anthony Faroux, Clare Mitten, Cara Nahaul, Susan Sluglett, Sophia Starling and Corinna Till with mentors Paul Bonaventura, Stephen Farthing RA, Marcus Harvey, Chantal Joffe, Mali Morris RA and Fabian Peake.
The Artists and mentors
Painting Fellow Francesca Blomfield’s latest series of works take limousine interiors, tagliatelle, and human hair as the basis for experimenting with colour systems and painterly textures. Over the past year she has been incorporating text into her paintings, adding a narrative dimension, which she has also begun to supplement with accompanying text publications.
Her mentor Phoebe Unwin discusses the past year:
“During the Fellowship, Francesca and I have visited each other’s studios, seen shows together and met with Archie and Dale too. On every occasion there has been a lot of talking about painting: from technique and types of paint to overall concepts. I have seen Francesca experiment and take creative risks, as well as build on and refine her painting approach in very interesting ways”
Archie Franks manipulates familiar motifs, from both the art historical past and contemporary life, to produce dreamlike paintings that give form to intangible and allusive sensations. As a result his works often exude a haunting, gothic feel, regardless of how elevated or commonplace the subject matter. He sees painting as an investigative process, and as a means of interrogating imagery to yield further complexity.
His mentor Jane Harris shares her thoughts on the mentoring process:
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Archie this year. He has had a very productive and focused time exploring ways to expand his repertoire of imagery and experimenting in a variety of ways with paint handling, format and scale. In developing both his paintings and watercolours Archie has been creating compelling works of disquieting wit and atmosphere.”
Drawing largely upon personal memories and associations, Dale Lewis’s large-scale works are both humorous and unsettling. Focusing on banal and under-represented aspects of life, the vigour and energy with which the works are made complement the rawness of the urban environments he depicts.
“Over the past months Dale has released years of experience onto the canvas. The subjects he paints range from the tragic, the dramatic, the funny, the unnerving, to the stupid. The results are felt-out, funny, and real,” explains his mentor Dan Coombs.
Meet the curator: Dr Christian Edwardes
Christian is Pathway Leader for Fine Art on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Arts University Bournemouth. He has recently completed a PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and is currently working as co-editor on an anthology that examines recent transdisciplinary engagements between cultural geography and the creative arts.
His own work explores legacies of landscape representation, often with reference to tourist artefacts and mass produced souvenirs. Recent exhibitions and publications include Making Plans at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, Drawing Lines in the Sand, an off-site project in association with Peloton Gallery in Sydney Harbour, Australia, Critical Dictionary and The Art of Walking, both edited by David Evans and produced by Black Dog Publishing, London.
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