“In Graze (2014) we observe how the leaves of a willow tree dangle and move in an attempt to touch a watery surface, but instead of the water they expect to meet they now encounter the nebulous abstract swirl of green paint. This mass seems to assume a role similar to Ophelia’s dress; it reminds us that whilst something may rise up it can also be subsumed.”
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery starts the New Year with Present Tense; Contemporary British Painting and Photography. This exhibition is a celebration of painting and photography which examines how everyday life, place, memory and repetition influence British Art.
Amanda Ansell’s ‘Swan’ painting from the bubble island series is displayed alongside other works from the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Collection. “The exhibition challenges the idea that contemporary art is elitist or incomprehensible. Starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall and looking at history and society, the exhibition investigates the way artists continue to react to the world around them and create new realities.”
Present Tense: Contemporary British Painting and Photography
Wednesday 14th January 2015 – Saturday 18th April 2015
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Bath Road, Old Town, Swindon. SN1 4BA
Entry is free. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 3pm
Now showing at St Marylebone Crypt, London: An exhibition of 40 British Painters:
Edwin Aitken | Amanda Ansell | Claudia Boese | Jon Braley | Julian Brown | Simon Burton | Andrew Crane | Pen Dalton | Lisa Denyer | Annabel Dover | Nathan Eastwood | Wendy Elia | Christopher Gee | Chris Gilvan-Cartright | Terry Greene | Susan Gunn | Alex Hanna | Marguerite Horner | Barbara Howey | SilvieJacobi | Kelly Jayne | Sue Kennington | Matthew Krishanu | Bryan Lavelle | Nick Middleton | Andrew Munoz | Stephen Newton | Gideon Pain | Barbara Peirson | Alison Pilkington | Robert Priseman | Freya Purdue | James Quin | Greg Rook | Katherine Russell | David Sullivan | Judy Tucker | Julie Umerle | Jacquie Utley | Sean Williams
Monday 8 Dec 2014 – Thursday 1 Jan 2014
The Crypt, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT
‘Prevail’ by Amanda Ansell is on display at the Ipswich Art School Gallery, Suffolk until 8th March 2015.
@PaintBritain is an exhibition of works from contemporary British artists from across the UK.
This 21st century painting collection includes works by Pollock-Krasner awardee Kelly Jayne, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, British Academy awardee James Quin, Wyss Foundation prize winner Harvey Taylor, Alex Hanna, Matthew Krishanu, Arts Council awardee Simon Carter and East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood.
The Contemporary British Painting collection was established by artists Robert Priseman and Simon Carter when they started to ask the question ‘Who today is painting in Britain? This new exhibition brings these important and innovative artists together for the very first time.
There is also a number of 20th century paintings from the Ipswich Borough Collection on show in the art school galleries. They have been chosen to show the range of painters in the Collection who have inspired, provoked discussion and continue to engage people today.
‘Rock’ by Amanda Ansell is exhibited as part of Contemporary British Painting, at Huddersfield Art Gallery. The exhibition opens on 1 November and runs until 14 March 2015.
The exhibition gives a glimpse into the dynamic and vibrant painting scene taking place in the UK today. Paintings on display, draw on contemporary subjects like engagements with the Middle East and the impact of mass media. Works also show a sustained interest in the advancement of abstract painting, responses to the landscape connected to environmental issues, a continued engagement with surrealism and the development of a new kind of non-specific representational narrative painting.
Entry to the exhibition is free and the gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. The exhibition is curated from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.
Place and Landscape at the Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich is the last of three exhibitions that introduce the East Contemporary Art Collection. It looks at the importance of place and landscape as an inspiration for contemporary artists in the eastern region.
Simon Carter, co-founder of the collection says, “East Anglia has provided space and sanctuary for creatives of all kind, being close enough to allow access to London but on its own gloriously undisturbed route to nowhere. I know I am not the only one that feels unreasonably deeply rooted to this landscape.”
The exhibition features work by 32 artists including ‘Evening Sail’ by Amanda Ansell and continues until 13th November 2014.
‘Evening Sail’ from the East Contemporary Art Collection is currently on show at the Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby. The exhibition continues until the 13th September 2014. Curated by Robert Priseman, Simon Carter, Linda Ingham, Stephen Newton and Paul Galyer, the show represents individual concerns particular to each artist whilst placing them in an exhibition which encourages connections and conversations. The exhibition has free entry and the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 9 to 5pm.