February – March 2020
1 month studio residency at CaSa, Oaxaca : an art’s centre in a former 19th century textile mill, transformed by the artist Francisco Toledo and architect Claudia Lopéz Morales in 2006.
Mexico Diary no. 11 : Cactus on coast road, Oaxaca. (Gouache 50x32cm 2020)
Salisbury Arts Centre (Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT)
27th January – 28th March 2020
Image – The Horse (2019 oil on linen 118x76cm)
The British Museum has acquired a set of my 8 Broadside Etchings for its permanent Print Collection
(Image : Broadsides, shown here in A New Song (To an Old Tune) at the Foundling Museum, London 24th May-1st September 2019 Polymer gravure etchings, edition of 20, each 30x26cm)
I’m delighted to have been invited to show Darn (ink, oil and spray paint on linen 182x213cm) in the 251st RA Summer Exhibition 10th June-12th August
Mono is an exhibition of mono prints which I have made over the last 3 years with the help of master printmaker Simon Marsh.
(image : An Argument (Since Forgotten) – monoprint 100x80cm)
I’ll be showing new paintings and mono prints made in response to 17/18th century broadside ballads in ‘A New Song (to an Old Tune ‘ at the Foundling Museum, London alongside their major exhibition : ‘Hogarth and the Art of Noise’.
Hold up, my Dear (mono print 80x100cm)
Installation views. (photos courtesy of Matt’s Gallery, London & Jonathan Bassett 2018)
My show, Capital Crime will be at Matt’s Gallery, London from 6th-15th July 2018.
Rivalry in Somerset….11-13th May 2018 http://www.odartsfestival.co.uk
Red Tree with Caterpillars (oil on linen 121x121cm)
Misfits oil on linen 152x152cm
Kettle Barton – 9th July – 4th September 2016
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi
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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.
Opening – 2-5pm Saturday 9th July 2016. Artist’s talk 3pm.
(image – An Escaped Lion – oil and spray paint on aluminium 30x40cm)
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.
Trannack Misfits (152x245cm) has been selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition : 3rd – 20th February 2016, Mall Galleries, London www.columbiathreadneedleprize.com
@nicola_bealing for updates from the studio
@death_and_circuses for news on the Death and Circuses project and exhibition
Swallow Dive (oil on linen 152x121cm)
Zebra Head (oil on wood 50x50cm)
I’m delighted to have been awarded an Arts Council Grant for my project with Helston Museum Archive : ‘Death and Circuses’.
2 paintings : Gleaners and Infested Carpet will be included in the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London 18th September -25th October.
Infested Carpet (oil on linen 152x121cm)
‘Boiled’ oil on linen 152x121cm
‘An exhibition of paintings, limited edition prints and drawings by leading, contemporary British artists who produce works on paper as part of their practice.’
Image: Aquarium (monotype and mixed media 56x76cm)
Image: Plague Season (121x121cm)