Last summer Turps Banana magazine accepted my proposal to publish a feature interview with the artist John Kiki. The interview appears in the latest issue 19 of the magazine.
Interview with painter John Kiki
I was delighted that the editors shared my enthusiasm for the work of a remarkable and original painter who, over 40 years, has produced a highly distinctive body of work, that I believe should be much more widely known and recognised. I first met John in 1989 when I was working at the Norwich Gallery at Norwich School of Art, where he had a solo exhibition. It was the beginning of a long relationship in which John has been an influence in the development of my own painting and a generous friend and mentor.
In the interview John talks revealingly about his journey as a painter and how he came to develop the working methods and attitudes that lie behind his fluid and intuitive use of materials.
Turps Banana magazine concentrates exclusively on painting and is written predominantly by practicing painters. The editorial remit carries a no advertising policy so there is no distraction from the ranging debate about contemporary painting.
IN THE CITY Exhibition tour
The exhibition IN THE CITY which I curated at Lion & Lamb in 2014, will show at the EAST Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts from 24 July to 1 September 2018. The exhibition expands on the original exhibition's theme of painters' perspectives on cities around the world, with a larger selection of works by Trevor Burgess, Mark Crofton Bell, Stephen Carter, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howie, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Jock McFadyen and Tanmoy Samanta. See the Lion & Lamb exhibition catalogue, with introduction by Robert Harbison, in "About the Work" on the Catalogue page.
'Burgess has brought together a varied line-up of works that reflects the breadth of urban expression in contemporary painting and challenges any perception that it is an ill-equipped medium to represent the modern world'
Lewis Church, East End Review
Solo exhibition in the autumn
It's still a way off, but I will be having a solo exhibition at a new venue, Deptford Does Art, a great little cafe and gallery well worth checking out on Deptford High Street. The exhibition is scheduled to run from 17 to 28 October 2018.
The Market Paintings
Bienvenidos (San Juan, Argentina), oil on canvas, 95 x 150cm
My recent solo exhibition, The Market Paintings, at the Menier Gallery, London will be next shown at Kurort Qultury in Zabrze, Poland in 2018. The exhibition includes paintings of markets around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico City, Mumbai, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica. See Gallery page for more of the paintings from the show. Installation shots of the Menier Gallery exhibition here
Drawing enters Chinese Museum Collection
One of my drawings of Granary Square has entered the collection of the Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum in China as part of the Priseman Seabrook Contemporary British Painting collection.
My painting, Family 4, is reproduced in the Indian Quarterly magazine, alongside an article by Shougat Dasgupta, reflecting on the politics of parenthood. The Indian Quarterly is a magazine focusing on arts, culture and society, produced in Mumbai, that describes itself as "an oasis of calm thoughtfulness". See the article here
Pathways of Settlement
Dr Susanne Wessendorf presenting Pathways of Settlement at Hackney Museum 10 November 2016
I am collaborating with Dr Susanne Wessendorf, social anthropologist at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics, who has invited me to make paintings to accompany her research project that explores the lives of recent migrants to East London. Dr Wessendorf gave a presentation about the research at Hackney Museum on Thursday 10 November 2016.