Death and Circuses – Kestle Barton

20.07.2016

 

Alack, Alas and Heraldic Zoo, Pickled

Alack, Alas (oil & spray paint on linen 212x152cm), Heraldic Zoo, Pickled (oil & spray paint on linen 152x245cm) with the original ‘An Apprentice, Absconded’ notice and an extract from the records of the Old Cornwall Society, both from the archives of Helston Museum

 

Capital Crimes in Cornwall - partially Obscured by Honeysuckle (ink and oil on linen 183x183cm) with the List of Executions in Cornwall - 1785-1882 and archive carousel photograph from the archives of Helston Museum

Capital Crimes in Cornwall – partially Obscured by Honeysuckle (ink & oil on linen 183x183cm) with the List of Executions in Cornwall – 1785-1882 and archive carousel photograph from the archives of Helston Museum

 

 

Trannack Misfits_oil on linen_245x153cms_2015

Columbia Threadneedle at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 1st -24th July, 2016

22.06.2016

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi
Figurative Art Today
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi
The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi from 1 to 24 July 2016, an exhibition designed to trigger a debate on contemporary figurative art in the work of forty-six international artists selected to mark the prestigious European award known as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize.

Over forty works of art ranging from paintings and drawings to engravings will be coming together to probe the relationship between art and figuration today, taking a fresh look at such traditional genres as portrait painting, landscape painting and still-life. Addressing this theme inevitably means reflecting on the intrinsic value of the artistic image, playing realism off against the abstract and fostering an in-depth debate on our society today as it sinks beneath the weight of an ever increasing number of images disseminated via the new digital communication media. While artists such as Nicholas Holmes, Coll McDonnell and Stephen Read focus on chance, everyday issues and topics from daily life, exploring and extolling the theme of looking in painting, others such as Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Nicola Bealing and Laura Smith appear to want to rethink the role of painting as a metaphorical tool of the present, at times in a totally dreamlike vein and at others in a profoundly realistic manner.

Palazzo Strozzi is the second venue to host the eighth edition of the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, an award devised and sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global assest manager, as part of the support the company dedicates to culture and the arts. The exhibition was first held at the Mall Galleries in London, running from 3 to 20 February 2016, but Palazzo Strozzi will be the first Italian venue to host this prestigious exhibition.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is selected by an illustrious international panel: journalist Emma Crichton-Miller; artist, writer and photographer David Dawson; Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries in London; and Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi offers Palazzo Strozzi and Florence a unique opportunity to establish new forms of cooperation and to foster an important moment of exchange and debate on contemporary art at the international level. A rich and varied programme of workshops and activities forming part and parcel of the event will be held in the Strozzina for the entire duration of the exhibition, providing an opportuntiy for reflection on the figurative genre in contemporary art and on the relationship between cultural heritage and the contemporary art scene in Italy today.

 

 

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Death and Circuses blog

31.01.2016

I’ve just launched a blog  to tell some of the stories from the Death and Circuses project.   Each post will document and illustrate how an individual museum object launched a painting – or in some cases, a whole series of paintings.

deathandcircuses.wordpress.com

Trannack Misfits_oil on linen_245x153cms_2015

Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

26.11.2015

Trannack Misfits  (152x245cm) has been selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition : 3rd – 20th February 2016, Mall Galleries, London www.columbiathreadneedleprize.com

Instagram

27.10.2015

@nicola_bealing for updates from the studio

@death_and_circuses for news on the Death and Circuses project and exhibition

Print

‘Death and Circuses’

16.08.2015

I’m delighted to have been awarded an Arts Council Grant for my project with Helston Museum Archive : ‘Death and Circuses’.

Gleaners. 182x182cm

The National Open Art Competition 2014

07.09.2014

2 paintings : Gleaners and Infested Carpet will be included in the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London 18th September -25th October.

Oil on Linen 183x183cm

September 2012

21.09.2012

A new (big) painting : ‘Battleground’ – oil on linen, 6’x6′ / 183x183cm

Entomologists  (Oil on Linen  91x121cm)

New work

22.03.2012

(Entomologists  Oil on Linen 91x121cm)

A Flock of Starlings 121x157cm

New work

22.03.2012

(A Flock of Starlings 121x157cm)

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