Curated by artists Matthew Krishanu and David Sullivan, the concept is a simple one – ‘to explore with depth some of the best contemporary painting being made in London at this time, and then to present that to an art appreciating audience’.
David and Matthew agree that ‘it’s very difficult for a public with no formal training themselves to appreciate or even understand what painters are doing and why, what is worthwhile and what isn’t, what has value and what does not. So invariably people rely on what critics, the press, or galleries like to say, who usually are pushing some other agenda or financial interest. This is a show about painting, for the public and for other painters! – it’s not exhaustive but it is an excellent start”.
The list of participating artists is an impressive one. Some have galleries, some do not, but here is an exhibition of artists who between them have exhibited in John Moores, The Threadneedle Prize, New Contemporaries, The Jerwood Prize, East London Painting Prize, Royal Academy Summer Show, BP Portrait Prize, and a host of other smaller painting shows. If you follow London gallery exhibitions that deal with painting, or have studied at art school in London, many of the names will already be familiar. Participating Artists: Hannah Brown, Trevor Burgess, Simon Burton, Wayne Clough, Chris Daniels, Sam Douglas, Nathan Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Marguerite Horner, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Katrin Mäurich, Nicholas Middleton, Cara Nahaul, Charley Peters, James Ryan, David Sullivan, Marijke Vasey, Caroline Walker, William Wright.