A BA (Hons) Fine Art Senior Lecturer has invited one of his former students to join him in a London exhibition that is now open
Associate Professor Dominic Shepherd has chosen Steve Moberly to be part of Fully Awake, a group show at the Dyson Gallery featuring work by 36 artists.
The event aims to celebrate the “inter-generational relationships formed by teaching painting in UK art schools.”
To make this happen, the curators invited 12 artists to submit a piece of work, then each of them were given the chance to invite two guest artists to exhibit with them.
One had to be an artist they were taught by, the other one of their students and the organisers say this “unorthodox approach creates engaging and surprising relationships between those participating”.
Dominic chose Andrew Stahl, a professor at the Slade School of Fine Art, as his teacher together with Steve as his student.
Talking about Steve, Dominic said: “The pleasure in teaching Steve was that he would ask questions that I could not easily answer. As teachers and practitioners, we are all still learning and the conversations we had concerning ‘paint’ made that very evident. I
“It is one thing to question another’s practice, quite another when it leads one to question ones’ own.
“Steve was very much at the nascent moment of the rebirth of painting at AUB. This momentum has led to the creation of a designated painting studio ‘PAINTLAB’ within Fine Art.”
Steve graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2014 and he will shortly begin studying here again, this time on the MA Fine Art course.
Speaking about his time at AUB, Steve said: “I studied Fine Art at AUB from 2011 to 2014 and I found the whole experience thoroughly rewarding.
“I can honestly say that there is not a single thing I would change about the course and I’m coming back in a few weeks for my MA.
“My time at AUB has given me a solid foundation on which my practice has developed to what is hopefully a recognisable painting language of my own.
“I’ve since been lucky enough to be included in Twice as Nice at PS Mirabel 2018, John Moore’s painting prize 2016, Charlie Smith Anthology 2017 and Aspex Emergency 2015.”
Fully Awake is a five-part cycle of exhibitions. Initially presented at blip blip blip, Leeds, and subsequently at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow. This exhibition at Dyson Gallery is the third iteration.
The cycle of shows eschews thematic, aesthetic or theoretical concerns but aims to reveal instead much deeper levels of incidental human, personal, and psychological connections between student and teacher.
The exhibition will run at the Dyson Gallery until September 14. It is open between 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 2pm-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.