Owain McGilvary and Yan White
In his third pop -up exhibition Emrys Williams at The Studio, 23 Augusta Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AD presents work by collaborative duo Owain McGilvary and Yan White.
The cheeky title A- OKAY expresses the artists optimism on recently graduating from St Martins School of Art. Expect ice lollies, floating inflatable toys, performative sculpture and film in a changing programme from Friday evening to Sunday. This is the artists first one man exhibition.
Private view 6pm Friday 18th September 2015 – All welcome !
The exhibition is open on Saturday 19th September 12-5pm and Sunday 20th September 12-5pm
The installation has been made specifically for the gallery space and is running alongside other LLAWN O3http://www.llawn.org/llawn-events/aok/ exhibitions and events.
The artists ask their mothers to write their press releases; see below.
Mae McGilvary/White yn ddau o artsitiaid ifanc sydd wedi dod at ei gilydd tra
yn astudio celf yn Central Saint Martins yn Llundain. Tra yno mae y ddau
wedi datblygu partneriaeth sydd yn dangos pasiwn at y byd atristiaeth ac
hefyd ei gweledigaeth fel artistiaid ffantastig. Mae’r ddau llawn syniadau ar sut
y fydd nhw am adael eu marc unigrwy ar y pwnc yma. Mae nhw yn gyson yn
datblygu a thrafod syniadau hefo’i gylidd ac ar adegau mae’r canlyniadau yn
ffantastic. Mae prosiect nesa yn gyson ar ei meddwl a mae nhw yn ceisio
dod a hwyl i mewn i`r gwaith , a bod hyn yn dangos yn yr arddanghosfa
ddiweddar yma yn Llandudno sef ‘LLAWN’. Mi fydd pob diwrnod mae’r
arddanghosfa ymlaen yn dangos rhywbeth gwahanol fel jeli ac balwns. Mae
nhw’n hoff o hiwmor ac gyda lawer o pasiwn yn eu gwaith. Fydd y prosiect
llawn hwyl ac allai ddim disgwyl I weld o!
McGilvary/White are two artists who have come together while studying art at
Central Saint Martins in London. The two have developed a partnership that
shows passion for the world and also have vision as fantastic artists. Both are
full of ideas on how they will want to leave their unique mark on this subject.
They constantly develop and discuss ideas together and the results are
fantastic. The next project is constantly on their mind. They bring fun and
humour into their work, and this shows in the Llandudno exhibition ‘LLAWN’.
Each day there will be a something different with all sorts of things from jelly
to balloons. The project will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see it!
McGilvary/White yw dau artist sydd yn cydweithio a wneith neud eich
calonnau ganu! Mae gymaint o ei waith edrych yn syml ac yn loyw. O’r
dechrau mae o’n atynu chi oherwydd yn aml maent yn defnyddio pethau y’r
ydych yn weld bob dydd. Ond, os ydach yn dechrau meddwl amdano, sut
mae’n cael ei wneud, mae’n gadael I chi mwynhau ar lefel gwahannol.
Dwi’n meddwl mae’r celf yn adlewyrchu eu pasiwn.
Mae’r arddangosfa yma yn nodweddiadol o McGilvary/White ….Nid ydi yn un
arddangosfa o gwbwl! Bob diwrnod fydd o’n rhywbeth gwahannol ac cyffroes.
Trystiwch ﬁ, os fydd yna jeli yno mi fydd o’n hwyl!
McGilvary/White is a collaboration which will make your heart sing! So much
of their work seems simple and bright. It’s immediately engaging because it’s
often made from things with which you are familiar. However, If you start
thinking about it, how it’s made, it allows you to enjoy on a different level.
I think their art reﬂects their passion.
This exhibition is typical of McGilvary/White …it’s not one exhibition at all!
Each day will be different and exciting. Trust me, if there’s jelly involved it is
going to be fun!
Owain McGilvary (b.1992 Anglesey, Wales) and Yan White (b.1992 Bristol, England) live and work in London.
2012-2015 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London.
Exeter Contemporary, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
A-OKAY (Part of LLAWN03 Festival) Emrys Williams Studio, Llandudno, Wales
Treat Yo Self, It’s All Tropical, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
SUPERMAKET SWEEP (Curated by McGilvary/White) Nice Gallery, London
ARGA Graduate Award, Art Hub Gallery, London
Mostyn Open 19, MOSTYN, Wales
Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork (Curated by Chris Alton), Nice Gallery, London
Show One- Central Saint Martins Degree Shows 2015, London
Heckle, Bosse & Baum, London
PRINT/3, Arcane Gallery, London
Balancing Act, Camden Arts Centre, London
BIG SPACE 2, Central Saint Martins, London
James Rielly Recent Watercolours and Drawings
“Tŷ Hyll” James Rielly, Recent Watercolours and Drawings is the second in a series of pop-up shows curated by Emrys Williams at The Studio, 23 Augusta Street, Llandudno LL30 2AD. The exhibition was made specially by the artist in response to the small gallery space . The show opens on Friday 19th September 2014 at 6.30 pm All welcome!
Organised to open the same evening as the weekend arts festival LLAWN 02 http://www.llawn.org/the show will run for 4 days from Saturday 20th September to Tuesday 23rd September 2014 inclusive. Opening times 11am to 5pm contact firstname.lastname@example.org
James Rielly was born in Wrexham , North Wales, in 1956, he has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including the now notorious Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art. His work is held in major public collections including the Tate Gallery, the Arts Council Collection, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and FNAC, France.He currently lives in France and he is is a Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
In association with the show we are also presenting an installation of projected animations in Haus of Helfa, as part of Helfa Gelf which runs through September. Please see http://www.helfagelf.co.uk/en/artists/emrys-williams-james-rielly
IN CONVERSATION James Rielly and Emrys Williams MOSTYN
To mark the opening of the exhibition ‘Tŷ Hyll’ at The Studio and his installation of projected animations in Haus of Helfa, James Rielly will talk about his work followed by an informal “in conversation” with Emrys Williams .This will take place at MOSTYN on Saturday 20 September 2014 (1pm) FREE – Booking is essential. Click on the following link for booking ; http://www.mostyn.org/whats_on/event_detail/artist_talk_james_rielly_with_emrys_williams
Information about the artist and his work
James Riellys’ works draw the viewer into ambiguous fictions or misplaced narratives based largely on stories and images culled from newspaper articles. Their apparent simplicity is undermined by a sense of unease, a subversion of familial roles, a hint of the dysfunctional through their depictions of children behaving like adults and/or adults behaving like children.
Casual Influences focuses on children, gently undermining picture-book clichés of perfection. The small boy in a painting may look like the ideal child in a children’s book, school portrait, or Child’s painting but his pose as he smokes a pretend cigarette is perfectly modelled from the adult world we all, as children, long to be a part of. Other paintings in this series depict a boy with fangs, a girl in a dog costume sticking out her tongue, whilst others depict pairs of children – perhaps twins or doubles a recurring theme in Rielly’s work.
His use of humour is also part of a pictorial and cultural tradition in which satire and the grotesque may act as a pressure-valve for social tensions. “I am not a political artist, ” says Rielly, “but I mock certain things, power, relations in families, the constraints to which we’re subject, the role we’re forced to play, the narcissism of any individual who wants to be exceptional.”
The viewer is caught in a subtly disturbing gap – between what we see and what we think we see, what we know in our own lives, our own families and what we don’t know in the lives of others. It is precisely this ambiguity that has often led to media controversy surrounding Rielly’s work.
with thanks to Mostyn Estates http://www.mostynestates.co.uk/
“James Rielly, When I was young I would sit in the bath and ideas would come to me, now I am old I sit in the bath”. 2013. Scott White Contemporary Art. 7655 Girard Ave, Suite 101. La Jolla, CA 92039, USA.
Utopie Picturale Ville Dutoit, Geneva Hosted by Eric Winarto. 2013 www.villadutoit.ch
Galerie Charlotte Moser Geneva. 2013 www.galeriemoser.ch
Galerie Nosbaum and Reding Luxembourg.2013 www.nosbaumreding.lu
Present Lives and works in France
1956, Born in Wrexham, Wales.
1. Awards and s 1975-78, Gloucester College of Art & Design, Cheltenham, UK. 1977, Gloucester College of Art Travel Award. 1980-81, Belfast College of Art, Belfast, North Ireland. 1983, Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts Exhibition and Travel Award. 1984 , Painting Fellowship, Fine Art Work Center, Provincetown. USA 1986 Greater London Arts Individual Artist Award. 1988-89 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, (fellowship), Berlin, Germany. 1989 Welsh Arts Council Grant. 1989 British Council Grant, London – Berlin. 1989-90 Greater London Arts Grant. 1995 Tate Gallery (MOMART fellowship), Liverpool, UK.
2 . Solo Exhibitions
2011 ” What wisdom “, James Rielly,Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, USA. 2010 ” Spirits in the sky “, James Rielly, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany 2009 James Rielly, I M Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea. 2008 ” Things that go bump in the day “, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (cat.) 2008 ” New Works on Paper “, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, UK. 2008 ” Proposal for 200 little ideas “, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland. 2006 ” Tell Me a Story “, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, USA. 2006 ” Full of Possibilities 2 “, Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico. 2006 ” Nipples “, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain. 2005 ” Life of Rielly “, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (cat.). 2004 ” Outside Looking Out “, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, USA. 2004 ” Made in France “, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France. 2004 ” 2003 Made in East London “, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain (cat.). 2004 ” Rex Irwin Fine Art “, Sydney, Australia. 2004 ” Late and Early “, a split-site installation at the Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK. 2003 ” Made in East London “, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain (cat.). 2003 ” James Rielly “, Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney, Australia 2003 ” Late and Early “, a split-site installation at the Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK. 2002 ” James Rielly “, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA), Salamanca, Spain (cat.). 2002 ” James Rielly “, Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (cat.). 2002 ” London Ghosts and Party Animals “, Galerie Voges & Partner, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 2002 ” James Rielly “, Studio D!Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy. 2002 ” James Rielly “, Archimedes Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus. 2001 ” James Rielly “, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK. 2001 ” James Rielly “, Edward Mitterand Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland. 2001 ” James Rielly “, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA. 2000 ” Casual Influences, Oriel Mostyn Gallery “, Llandudno, Wales (cat.). 1999 ” James Rielly “, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA. 1998 ” James Rielly “, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France. 1998 ” James Rielly “, CAN, Centre d!Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 1998 ” James Rielly “, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium. 1998 ” James Rielly “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1997 ” Sensible Ways “, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France (cat.). 1996 ” James Rielly “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1995 ” James Rielly “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1994 ” James Rielly “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1993 ” James Rielly “, Berning and Daw Fine Art, London, UK. 1992 ” James Rielly “, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany. 1990 ” James Rielly “, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany. 1989 ” James Rielly “, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. 1988 ” James Rielly “, Alexander Roussos Gallery, London, UK. 1987 ” James Rielly “, Carlile Gallery, London, UK. 1986 ” James Rielly “, Carlile Gallery, London, UK. 1985 ” James Rielly “, Bayer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1985 ” James Rielly “, Hudson D. Walker, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1984 ” James Rielly “, Hudson D. Walker, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1983 ” Artist in Residence “, Art & Research Exchange Galley, Belfast, North Ireland.
3 . Group Exhibitions
2011 ” The Painter, the Draughtsman, the Dealer and their Lovers. “Voges Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 2011 Gallery Artists, Wittenbrink Gallery, Munich, Germany. 2010” Works on paper “, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland. 2009 ” Fate and Freewill “, Cas, New York, USA. 2008 ” Hope and Despair “, curated by Bob Matthews, Cell Project Space, London, UK. 2008 ” Philippe Cognee & James Rielly “, Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France. 2007 ” El rey de la casa “ (King of the house), Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain. 2007 ” Paper Baglady and Other Stories “, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK. 2006 ” World-Gone-Mad “, curated by Bob Matthews, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, UK. 2006 ” Castlefield Gallery “, Manchester; Limehouse Arts Foundation, London, UK. 2005 ” XS “, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain. 2005 ” Spoilt Rotten “, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales. 2005 ” (…) The duck was still alive “, Abbaye Saint-Andre, Centre d!art contemporain, Meymac, France. 2004 ” Contre-Images “, Carré d!Art, Nimes, France (cat.). 2004 ” Summertime in the City “, Archimedes Staffolini Gallery, Athens, Greece. 2003 ” Outlook “, curated by Christos Joachimedes, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (cat.). 2003 ” Anthropography “, Frissiras collection, The Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece. 2003 ” Child in Time: views of contemporary artists on youth and adolescence “, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands. 2003 ” Childhood “, CASA Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain. 2003 ” Telling Stories “, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, USA. 2003 ” Il Grande Freddo “, curated by Luca Beatrice, In Dres, Turin, Italy. 2003 ” Once Again “, curated by Jane Harris in collaboration with Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (cat.). 2002 ” Portraits “, Edward Mitterand Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland. 2002 ” Intimacy “, Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, UK. 2002 ” Disturb “, 1st Public School of Hydra, Hydra, Greece. 2002 ” La tête de l!emploi “, organised by FRAC Auvergne, Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud, France. 2002 ” Fame and Promise “, 14 Wharf Road, London, UK. 2001 ” Snakes “, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Nikolai Fine Art, New York, USA. 2001 ” Love You Always “, Damasquine Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. 2001 ” Strictly Painting II “, Voges & Deisen Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 2000 ” The Double “, The Lowry Art Centre, Salford, Manchester, UK (cat.). 2000 ” La Spiritualità Nell! Arte’ Da Boccioni a Serrano “, Santuario di Oropa, Biella, Italy (cat.). 2000 ” James Rielly, Sophie von Hellermann, Markus Vater, Pat O!Connor, Jeffrey Dennis, “ Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK. 2000 ” Drawings “, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA. 2000 ” Y2K Fine Arts from the UK “, Archemedes Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1999 ” (Corps) Social “, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (cat.). 1999 ” Arts Council Collection “, Towner Art Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne, UK. 1999 ” Growing Up Post Modern “, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA. 1999 ” Fresh Paint “, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland. 1999 ” British Portrait 1 – James Rielly “, Studio d!Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy. 1998 ” Sorted “, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. 1998 ” Tell Me a Story: Narration in Contemporary Painting and Photography “, Magasin – Centre National d!Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France. 1997 ” Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection “, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK. 1997 Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany. 1997 Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, USA (cat.). 1997 ” Les Péchés Capitaux: La Gourmandise “, Musée National d!Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. 1997 ” Afternoon in the Park “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1997 ” B.O.N. GO “, Bricks and Kicks, Vienna, Austria. 1997 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK. 1997 ” Pure Fantasy “, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales. 1997 ” Men on Women “, Oriel Gallery Theatre, Clwd, Wales. 1996 Galerie de la Tour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1996 ” Whitechapel Gallery Open “, Delfina Studios Trust, London, UK. 1995 ” John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 19 “, Liverpool, UK. 1995 ” Making it: process and participation “, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK. 1995 Galerie Wittenbrinck, Munich, Germany. 1994 Gilmour Gallery, London, UK. 1994 ” The Fete Worse than Death “, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK. 1993 ” East “, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK. 1992 London Buddhist Centre, London, UK. 1991 Britannia Works, London, UK. 1989 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. 1987 Carlile Gallery, London, UK. 1987 Christopher Hull Gallery, London, UK 1986 Groucho Club, London, UK. 1986 ” Recent Acquisitions Show “, Art Association Gallery and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1985 Bayer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1985 ” New Figurations “, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1984 Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1984 Art Association Gallery and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. 1983 ” New Heritage – Welsh Arts Council “, Oriel Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
4 . Catalogues and Publications
2010 ” Spirits in the sky “, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich Germany. 2008 ” James Rielly: Things that go bump in the day “, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy. 2006 ” Richer, Francesca, Rosenzweig, Matthew “, eds. No 1: First Works by 362 Artists. 2006 ” Painting People “, Charlotte Mullins, Thames and Hudson. 2006 ” James Rielly, Watercolours “, essay by Martin Herbert. Timothy Taylor gallery, Galeria Ramis Barquet. 2005 ” Happy Birthday: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in the Deutsche Bank “, James Rielly’Birdbox, 2003′, colour illustrations, p.189. 2005 ” Life of Rielly “, essay by Marc Oivier Wahler, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London. 2004 ” Contre-Images “, essays by Régis Durand, Françoise Cohen and Daniel Buren, Carré d!Art, Nîmes, France. 2003 ” James Rielly “, essay by Roy Exley, Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain. 2003 ” Outlook “, curated by Christos Joachimedes, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. 2002 ” James Rielly “, interview by Maite Lorés and essay by Dan Fox, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain. 2002 ” James Rielly “, essay by Jean-Charles Vergne, FRAC d!Auvergne, France. 2001 ” James Rielly “, essay by Dan Fox, Timothy Taylor Gallery, UK. 2000 ” James Rielly “, essay by Emma Anderson, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, UK. 2000 ” The Double “, essays by Emma Anderson, Gilda Williams, The Lowry Art Centre, UK. 2000 ” 5,6,7,8,9,0 – CAN “, essay by Marc Olivier Wahler, Centre d!Art Neuchatel, France. 2000 ” La Spiritualita nell!Arte Da Boccioni a Serrano “, essay by Alberto Fiz 2000 ” The Saatchi Gift to the Arts Council Collection “, The Arts Council of England, London, UK. 2000 ” James Rielly “, Vergne, Jean-Charles (ed.), La Collection du FRAC d!Auvergne 1900-2000, FRAC d!Auvergne, France. 1999 (Corps) Social, L!Ensba, essay by Éric de Chassey Sorted, essay by Dave Freck, Ikon Gallery, UK. 1999 ” Tell Me A Story “, essay by Yves Aupetitallot, Le Magasin Centre National D!Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France 1999 ” Cork, Richard, Young British Art: The Saatchi Decade “, Booth-Clibborn Editions, London, UK. 1999 ” A Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art “, UK. 1997 ” Sensation: Young British Artists from The Saatchi Collection “ (exhibition catalogue), texts by Brooks Adams, Norman Rosenthal, Richard Shone, Martin Maloney and Lisa Jardine, London: Thames and Hudson in association with the Royal Academy of Arts. 1997 ” Sensible Ways “, essays by Stuart Morgan, Arielle Pélanc, La Salle Blanche, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France. 1997 ” Jerwood Painting Prize !97 “, text by Judith Bumpus, Jerwood Foundation, UK. 1995 ” Making It: Process and Participation “, Fiona Bradley, Tate Galley Liverpool, UK.
5 . Public Collections
Arts Council of England, UK. Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece. Fonds National d!Art Contemporain, France. Frissiras Collection, Athens, Greece. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France. Saatchi Collection, London, UK. Sintra Museo de Arte Moderna, Portugal. Tate Gallery, London, UK. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK. La Collection du FRAC d!Auvergne, France. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK. CASA Salamanca, Spain. The Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany. Wurth Collection, Spain.
“Change at Crewe” will be the first exhibition in a series of pop-up shows curated and organised by Emrys Williams at The studio, opening on Friday 17th January 2014 at 19.30pm , all welcome! The show runs until Friday 14th February 2014.
Location; 23 Augusta Street, Llandudno,LL30 2AD . Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12pm to 6pm.The space can be open at other times by appointment please contact me at email@example.com
“Change at Crewe” is a show that brings seven painters to Llandudno from London and different parts of South Wales; Rachel Busby, Gordon Dalton, Jeffrey Dennis, Maggie James, Neil McNally, Philip Nicol and Andreas Rüthi. The exhibition explores the liquidity and solidity of painting, its form and emptiness and the rich potential of sophisticated dialogues between territories of figuration / abstraction. “Change at Crewe” celebrates the transitory yet also fixed nature of the medium, with paintings that combine deliberation and intuition in inventive ways. The title acknowledges the gallery location, opposite the train station and also responds to “Return Journey” a show at Mostyn Gallery which opens down the road on the same evening.
Introduction to the exhibition
This is an exhibition of modestly sized works by seven painters; all the individuals have a complex and sophisticated history in terms of their engagement with art, art schools, connections with other artists and the art communities of Cardiff and London. A number of them are also involved in curating shows and writing about art. In the show there is a lot of knowledge about painting in a relatively small space.
As all painters know, knowledge does not get you anywhere in the studio. Painting has to be made anew, in one sense. This is because it is made of coloured stuff, liquid, fluid, intransigent, just there coming out of the tube as you squeeze it. People always think that painters like “paint” as a material, I suppose they do but perhaps with trepidation; they are involved in a kind of alchemy where eventually the matter has to become transformed into something mental, something like thought. So they are wary of paint, they know what “doubt” is in painting, that uncomfortable space within the painting process where everything has gone wrong and you are trying to paint your way out. You cannot abandon it and, for the moment, you cannot see a way forward. You are on a journey and you cannot get off the train.
So real painting is made in the moment, yet it is also timeless in that it has connections with other painting, present and past. Seeing the work of Braque at the Grand Palais Paris this week, in the biggest retrospective of his work ever mounted, I was aware of how relevant his great “Atelier” series of paintings seemed in a postmodern context. All labels of figurative/ abstract/ Cubist seemed irrelevant in these works that dissolved categories in a personal idiom; works that had a great sense of materiality, visual wit,a concern with the painting as an object, a playfulness, lightness and depth. In these late works Braque retreated into a sort of Proustian interiority, where shifting images and fragments are located in a palpable space that feels like a real room, motifs feel both solid and potentially liquid, having the quality of real experience, a state beyond language. The paintings have the mirror-like quality of “being”; sensations and memories that slip away like light on the surface of a river. As a review I read noted, late Braque was rather written off by critics in the nineteen seventies.
I think one could play around with visual and metaphorical links with Braque in relation to the painters in the show. For now lets just go as far as to say they all know what to do with a bit of patterning! I like the fact that in this show there is a rabbit placed some distance from a postcard of a Philip Guston picture , a painting that has some relationship to a Bruce Nauman performance captured in a photograph, a picture that compares a Chinese pot to a piece of wood studded with nails which also suggests a Guston motif; all the artists in the exhibition know about the craft of painting but they are not too entranced by it, they are happy to flip it on its head. All the work is self critical in the best kind of way. The insistence of the small-scale of easel painting is part of this subversion, most of the painters in the show were trained at times in art schools when such a form had little value or relevance in terms of contemporary practise, though times have moved on.
The artists in “Change at Crewe” work in diverse idioms from different histories; I think what unites them is an active interest in what painting can be today together with the development of sophisticated personal visual languages that feel authentic. All are “knowing” and avoid provincial attitudes, making work that demonstrates a high level of conscious deliberation and unconscious realisation through the medium and materiality of paint. I think all employ formal strategies that play around with issues of motif and abstraction, framing and illusion, the represented and the ambiguous or suggestive; all are interested in the power of painting to produce a complete physical object that will hold your gaze, a complete thing with its own self identity. So in the elegance of a well-lit South facing room in Llandudno this show celebrates the work of seven contemporary painters, they may have had to change at Crewe to get here but there is nothing lost in translation.
With thanks to Mostyn Estates http://www.mostynestates.co.uk
Information about the artists:
RACHEL BUSBY has returned to exhibiting in 2013 after a lengthy period working ‘virtually’ in the art world. Founding and co-directing re-title.com has been, and still is, a huge and exciting challenge.
GORDON DALTON is an artist, curator and writer based in Cardiff, Wales. Born 1970, Middlesbrough, England.
Gordon Dalton’s paintings have a melancholic humour that questions their seriousness and intentions. His seemingly dour, offhand approach denies any superficial finesse to reveal a love of defiant, unwieldy imagery. The paintings are self-conscious of what they are, their possible failings, yet disregard any angst by replacing it with a certain nonchalance and arrogance.
selected solo 2007-2013
We Care A Lot, Chapter, Cardiff
Beef To The Heel Like A Mullingar Heifer, The Last Gallery, Llangadog
The Idiot Convention, Motorcade Flashparade, Bristol
Something has happened, nothing has changed, Supersaurus, Swansea
Gorilla Lipstick, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
When Life Gives You Lemons, Suplex Those Lemons, Keith Talent, London
Like a God, a good luck charm, or a vice, Bristol Diving School, Bristol
Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere (with Mark Gubb), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Battle of Forest Hills (with Mark Gubb), Moot Gallery, Nottingham
recent selected group exhibitions
Without a middle there is no edge, Pluspace, Coventry
Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal, Aid & Abet, Cambridge
Uncle Vern’s Dog, Gallery North, Newcastle
The Man Don’t Give A Fuck, Motorcade Flashparade, Bristol
Nothing Gold Can Stay, Angelika Gallery, High Wycombe
¿AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?, G39, Cardiff
Panopti(con), Bank Art, Los Angeles, USA
Oh show me your love, Galerie Skuc, Llubjiana, Slovenia
This show is ribbed for your pleasure, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA
Flourish, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Over & Over, Again & Again, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Sci-Fi, MOT Gallery, London
Among the living, Milton Keynes; ICA, London; MIMA, Middlesbrough; City Gallery, Leics
Master of the Universe, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
Loners Island, G39, Cardiff
Rotate, Contemporary Arts Society, London
Another new Babylon, CBAT / Public sites, Cardiff
Things we lost in the fire, Transition Gallery, London
Ain’t no love in the heart of the City, CBAT Gallery / Public sites, Cardiff 2004
Masters of the Universe, Chapter, Cardiff
We interrupt this programme, Changing Room, Stirling; Waygood Gallery, N’cstle
Strange, VANE, Newcastle
Creative Wales, Arts Council of Wales
Curating Now Bursary, Irish Museum of Modern Art
International Project Research, Wales Arts International
Presenatation & Production, Arts Council of Wales
Exhibitions & Projects Award, Scottish Art Council
Exhibitions & Projects Award, Northern Arts
Small Assistance Grant, Northern Arts
ISEP Exchange Award, ISEP
JEFFREY DENNIS was born in Colchester, England, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and lives in London. His past paintings have embedded glimpses of contemporary urban life within landscapes of processed peas,rotting fruit or Victorian wallpaper designs and, more recently, the ‘bubblescape’ an organic matrix which seems to offer the potential for continual mutation and evolution.
He recently wrote about his paintings: My work is rooted in daily experience: how people move around, inhabit spaces and make sense of their daily routines. Of particular relevance to this and to the structure of my paintings are the ideas of proximity,contiguity and adjacency: these terms express the abrupt collisions of incident and thought, the habits nurtured by travellers and inhabitants to protect personal space and the interrupted narratives of encounters and conversations. The paintings themselves provide a fluid, mutable net to hold narrative fragments and connective elements in place; a landscape corresponding to the fragmentary mental maps which people construct in order to give their existence some measure of meaning.
His most recent solo exhibition was at Art Space Gallery, London, in 2008. A regular exhibitor in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, his work was also selected for EASTinternational 2007 at Norwich and has also appeared three times in the John Moores biennial exhibition of contemporary painting, Liverpool, in the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition in 2010 and 2012, and featured in the British Art Show 3, 1990. He has been exhibiting since 1979, including regular shows at Salvatore Ala in Milan and New York, and a solo show in London at Whitechapel Gallery in 1986.
His paintings were included in New Voices, an exhibition of contemporary British art that toured worldwide 1991-7. Although his paintings engage directly with contemporary life, they also maintain a dialogue with art of the past. His paintings were included in Secret Victorians, a exhibition touring UK and USA 1998 -2001, which examined how Victorian ideas have influenced artists working today, and also Drawing from Turner, at Tate Britain in 2007. His paintings are in the collections of the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the British Standards Institution, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Leeds Art Gallery, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, the Tate, Unilever plc as well as private collections in UK, Europe, USA and Asia.
“…he seems to be painting a contemporary netherworld, the catacombs of modern urban life, a place connected to everywhere else by underground conduits. If he keeps on digging he might well come up in your living room. Watch out.”
Adrian Searle Time Out
He teaches on the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.
MAGGIE JAMES is a painter based in Cardiff. She runs the education programme at Bayart, Bute Street, Cardiff
Solo & Two person Exhibitions
2012 ’Peripheral Spaces’ St Davids Hall 2003 ‘New Artists’, Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 2002 Maggie James Small Paintings, Six Chapel Row, Bath
Selected Recent Group Exhibitions
2013 Open Books Plus. Artists and the Chinese Folding Book. Sanshang Museum, Hangzhou, China 2013 ‘Gaeaf’ St Davids Hall, Cardiff 2013 National Eisteddfod, Denbighshire 2013 Sixteen Artists and the Chinese Folding Book, BayArt 2012 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition2012, Mall Galleries, London 2012 ‘Welsh Artist of the Year 2012 Exhibition’ St Davids Hall 2012 Sixteen Artists and the Chinese Folding Book, National Library of Wales ‘Welsh Artists of the Year 2011 Exhibition’, St Davids Hall 2011 ‘Ten Years in’ BayArt 2010 ‘Welsh Artists of the Year 2010 Exhibition’, St Davids Hall 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales 2008 ‘Welsh Artists of the Year 2008 Exhibition’, St Davids Hall 2005 ‘Drawing out the city’ BayArt 2005 Summer Show, Martin Tinney Gallery 2005 ‘Small 111’, Martin Tinney Gallery 2005 Martin Tinney Christmas Exhibition 2004 Summer Show Martin Tinney 2004 Martin Tinney Christmas Exhibition 2003 Summer Show, Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 2003 ‘Small II’, Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 2002 Summer Exhibition, Oriel Capsule Gallery 2002 ‘Butetown Artists’. BayArt, Cardiff 2000 Contemporary Art Society of Wales- Purchases, Turner House, NMW
MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London BA Hons, Fine Art, Northumbria University
NEIL MCNALLY is an artist, writer and curator who lives in South Wales. He studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and received an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2009.
One Person Exhibitions
2014 Roy Chubby Brown is Coming Home for Christmas, Constantine Gallery, Teeside University (forthcoming February 2014)
2010 We, in some strange power’s employ, move on a rigorous line, Vyner Street Gallery, London
2008 Death is Colder than Love, g39, Cardiff
2012 Hannah Lees and Neil McNally, La Plate-forme, Dunkerque
2012 fan hyn, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Vale of Glamorgan
2012 One Night Stand, Trade Gallery, Nottingham/ Goat Major Projects, Cardiff/ Movement, Worcester
2012 Working-class Housing in 19th-Century Britain, Flock Gallery, European Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport
2012 The Man Don’t Give a Fuck, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
2011 Painterly Effluvia, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle/University of York
2011 Nothing Gold Can Stay, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe
2011 …so schon? Nassauscher Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
2011 TVOD, Transition Gallery, London
2010 Face Value, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport
2010 Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London
2010 La Perruque, 12 Felstead Road, London
2010 Hell in a Handcart, Opposite 48 Hoxton Square, London
2010 Heliotrope, Vulpes Vulpes, London
2010 Mainyard is Dead Long Live Mainyarp, Mainyard Gallery, London
2010 Stay Lucky, Centre for Recent Drawing, London
2009 CrASH, 110 Warner Road, London
2009 Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You, Islington Arts Factory, London
2009 The Mountain of Fire and Miracles, Mainyard Gallery, London
2009 PALIMPSEST, 29 Thurloe Place, London
2009 Through the Wall, A Foundation, Rochelle School, London
2009 RCA Show One, Royal College of Art, London
2009 Drawing 2009, The Drawing Room, London
2009 If you build it they will come, g39, Cardiff
2012 The Belgian Synesthesia Association, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
2011 The Institute of Mental Health is Burning, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport
2008 Cruelty, The George Tavern, London
Awards and Residencies
2013 Artist in Residence, Teeside University, Middlesbrough
2013 Axisweb Developing Writing on the Contemporary Visual Arts
2012 Transfert 2012 Residency, La Plate-Forme, Dunkerque
2012 Blueprint 2012 Curators Award, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
2012 Wales Arts International Travel Award
2010 Project Grant, Arts Council of Wales
2009 Stiwdio Safle Award
2009 Oberon Book Illustration Award
2008 Paris Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2007 Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Award
2007 Villiers David Travel Award
2007 Winner of Celeste Art Prize Public Online Vote Prize
2012 White Rectangles, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Publications and Press
It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward, g39 publication, 2013
The Great Frock and Role Swindle, 2012
La Voix du Nord, September 21st, 2012
The Western Mail, October 1st, 2011
The Institute of Mental Health is Burning, ed., 2011
Arte e Critica, Vol 65, 2010
Show of One, g39 publication, 2010
FringeMK, catalogue, 2010
Handjoy, C4RD, 2010
Arty 27: Spring/Summer issue Magic/k, 2010
Stimulus Respond – Circus issue, 2010
Sterling – New London Artists, 2006
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Catalogue, 2006
Review of Exotic Crop, Culture Colony Quarterly, Issue 1, 2013
News Item, an newsletter, Oct 2013
Review of Drawn in Cursive, Nom de Strip, Issue 4, 2013
Secret Configurations, essay for exhibition brochure, lure, Oriel Davies, Newtown, 2013
A Madhouse on Fire?, Planet (The Welsh Internationalist), no.207, 2012
It Came in the Night, Coelacanth Press Vol 6, 2011
Lake Clavicle, How to be A Magician In Your Spare Time, KP poetry volume II, 2011
PHILIP NICOL is an artist based in Cardiff.He is Director of Bayart in Bute Street Cardiff.
2010 Awarded Fellowship Higher Education Academy
2006-9 External examiner, fine art painting, University of Gloucestershire.
2001- Exhibition director/curator, Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff.
2001-2011 Senior lecturer in Painting, UWIC, Cardiff.
1997-2001 Part-time lecturer in Painting, UWIC, Cardiff.
1995-97 Development Officer, Butetown Artists responsible for the successful £1m refurbishment of studio/gallery complex
1994Chairman, Butetown Artists
1993-2001Lecturer, Leeds College of Art & Design
1988National Chairman, Association of Artists & Designers in Wales
1984Cardiff/Stuttgart Artists Exchange Programme, Residency Kunststiftung, Baden Wurttenberg, Stuttgart, West Germany.
1984-1991Elected member of 56 Group Wales.
1983-1997Visiting artist at various universities, degree and post degree art Depts
Including; Birmingham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Cheltenham, Leeds, Liverpool, Newport and Winchester.
1983-84Lecturer, Limerick College of Art, Eire
1980-81Chairman, Cardiff Branch, Association of Artists & Designers in Wales
1979-82Lecturer in Fine Art, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education
1976-78Visiting Artist, Dyfed College of Art
1972-76Student at Cardiff College of Art
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 Blip Blip Blip gallery, Leeds. (with Michael Crowther) 2006 Koywood gallery, Cardiff 2005 Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan 2005 Newport Museum and Art Gallery 2004 Theatre Clwyd, Mold 2003 Ruthin Craft Centre. 2003 Adam Gallery, Penarth. 2002 Wales European Centre, Brussels, Belgium. 2002 Mission Gallery, Swansea 2000 Prospect, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Gallery 1996 Brahms Gallery, Leeds 1995 King Sturge & Co. Cardiff (with Maggie James) 1992 Aberystwyth Arts Centre 1987 Glyn Vivian Museum, Swansea 1986 Rhyl Arts Centre 1985 Oriel Gallery/Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 1985 Spacex Gallery, Exeter 1985 Andrew Knight Gallery, Cardiff 1983 10 Dover Street, Piccadilly, London (with Ian Parker) 1982 Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 ‘Open Books”, Sanshasang Museum, Hangzhon, China (subsequent tour to venues in China and Australia) 2013 ‘Home” Oriel Y Bont, University of South Wales, Pontypridd 2013 ‘Gaeaf’, St. Davids Hall, Cardiff 2013 Welsh Artist Of The Year. St. Davids Hall, Cardiff 2013 Blip Blip Blip gallery, Leeds: withRachel Adams, Simon Bedwell, Lucy Clout, William Darrel, Alex Farrar, Catherine Jones, Leeds Weirdo Club, Andy Parker, Paul Rooney, Josh Whitaker 2012 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London and touring to Lightbox gallery, Woking, Surrey 2012 Gallus Print Editions, National Assembly of Wales 2012 Gallus Print editions, degree Dot Com, London 2011 St.David’s Hall, Cardiff 2011 ‘Art For Wales’, MOMA, Machynlleth
Contemporary Art Society of Wales
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
The National Assembly of Wales
The National Museum of Wales (Derek Williams Trust Purchase)
The University of Wales, Aberystwyth
The Southern Arts Collection.
Heath Hospital, Cardiff.
Royal Infirmary, Cardiff
Cardiff County Council
Glyn Vivian Museum, Swansea
Slovak National Museum, Czechoslovakia
The University of Glamorgan
Leeds College of Art & Design
Gwent Health Authority
ANDREAS RÜTHI is a painter based in Rhaglan, South Wales.
Born in Zürich in 1956, Andreas studied German and Philosophy at the University of Zürich,
before travelling to the UK to study at the Watford College of Art and Design in the late 1980s.
Andreas was also a student at the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, the Netherlands, between
1987 and 1990. Andreas currently lives and works in Wales, where he is a Senior Lecturer of Fine Art at the University of South Wales.
He has shown in many important group exhibitions, alongside artists such as Damian Hirst and
Gilbert and George. His work is also held in numerous public and private collections.
2016 Glyn Vivian Art Gallery
2015 Chepstow Museum
2014 Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2013 Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne
2010 Double Page Paintings, Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, UK
Still Life with Paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne
2008 Still Life Paintings, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zurich
2005 Galerie Bridget Weiss, Zurich
2004 Doggerel and Dogged, Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne
2003 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Projektraum, Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne
Preview IV, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
Richard Salmon Gallery, London
2002 Up to no good, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2000 Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
1999 Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Stuttgart
Richard Salmon Gallery, London
1998 New Paintings, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris
Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Stuttgart
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
1997 Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsrube
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
1996 Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Stuttgart
1993 Ruskin School of Art and Design, University of Oxford, UK
1990 Rietveld Gallery, Amsterdam
2012 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2011 Mostyn Open, Mostyn, Wales
Newport Students of the Wye Tour, Chepstow Museum, Monmouthshire, Wales
2010 Korea International Art Fair, COEX Korea Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea
Preview X, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2008 Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2007 Wales Portrait Award, touring Wales
One Love, The Lowry, Salford
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
Summer Show, Royal Academy of Art, London
2006 John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
The Wonderful Fund Collection, Pallant House, Chicester
Andreas Rüthi – Emrys Williams, Bay Art, Cardiff Bay,
2005 Still Life Without, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London
The Wonderful Fund Collection, Musée de Marrakech, Morocco
2004 Pub Crawl, 39, London
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2003 Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
gar.net, die Bank, Munich
2002 The Discerning Eye, The Mall Gallery, London
One thing only, Five Princelet Street, London
Preview III, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2001 Drawing, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Richard Salmon Gallery, London
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
2000 Summer show, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
Incorporate, Arts & Business, London
MORE, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
1999 Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Drawings – Zeichnungen, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich
Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Stuttgart
1998 Wish you were here, Milch, London
1997 Sequence, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
World of Interiors, Foundation Binz 39, Zürich
1996 Still Life Paintings/The Daubers, Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Stuttgart
Still Life Paintings/The Daubers, Der Verein, Cologne
STACCATO, The Media Centre, London
1995 My Favourite Song, Sound project, London
50 x 50 x 50, Der Verein, Cologne
50 x 50 x 50, BANK, London
1994 two plus one, Brighton Festival, Lewes
Blup-Bleep, Westwerk, Hamburg
Mixbild, Galerie Schipper and Krome, Cologne
1993 November TV, Esther Schipper Gallery, Art Cologne
Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
1992 Acme Open, Acme Studios, London
1991 Safe, Regents Wharf, London
1990 New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
1989 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Arts Council of England
British Airways, United Kingdom
Ernst & Young
Tower Place Art Collection, London
Private and corporate collections
Andreas Rüthi, ʻInterior horizonsʼ, Still Life with Paintings, Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2010
Chris Brown, ʻReading roomʼ, Andreas Ruthi: Double Page Paintings, Duckett