ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2014
PORTRAIT OF A LIFE HALF KNOWN
27 June – 27 July 2013 | Private View 26 June, 6-9pm
Simon Oldfield is pleased to present Portrait of a Life Half Known, bringing together four solo presentations of new work by Juno Calypso, Simon Foxall, Kay Harwood and Ryan Leigh.
Portrait of a Life Half Known explores the notion of a single human force wielding power from a reclusive position; a totem for the power of suggestion, magnified by mystique. Each artist takes a separate room of the gallery to present new work that creates their own narrative of suggestion, the half-known and the unsaid.
We are also pleased to announce that Simon Foxall, Kay Harwood and Juno Calypso are now represented by the gallery and join our current stable of artists, including Ryan Leigh.
Juno Calypso, b. 1989, lives and works in London. BA Photography, LCC, University of the Arts London, 2012. Winner of the Catlin Art Prize Visitor Vote, 2013; LCC Hotshoe Portfolio Award, First Prize 2012; 2012 Michael Wilson Award, First Prize and recently featured in The Sunday Times, Time Out and The Independent
Calypso presents a new body of elaborately staged and finely detailed photographs that explore the life of her alter-ego, Joyce.
Simon Foxall, b. 1983, lives and works in London. MA Fine Art, Painting, Royal College of Art, London, 2012. BA Painting, Brighton, 2006.
In Foxall’s new paintings and wallpaper, he appropriates images of high and low culture, and so highlights the obsession with myth-making, significance and hierarchy. His work questions the parameters of sincerity, reality, individuality and self-expression in culture today.
Kay Harwood, b.1978, lives and works in London. Post-graduate Diploma, Royal Academy Schools, 2004 and BA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, 2001.
Harwood’s new paintings examine the male figure as represented in western portraiture and popular culture, playing with the iconography and mythology of the hero and modern male muse. Exploring the idea of the drifter, the rambler, the wandering man, where the unobtainable quality of the transient fictional figure becomes a potent and alluring force. The compositions and subject matter encourage the viewer to rest with the image, in a beguiling process of untangling the narratives hidden within.
Ryan Leigh, b.1987, lives and works in London. BA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2009.
Leigh presents intensely detailed work investigating the different belief systems present within society and ‘highlights the futility of the search for an objective truth.’ Family Tree comprises ten drawings, which explore the historical symbolism of the tree as a feminine source of life, ‘The Great Mother controlling the fertilizing waters and cycles of life’. The trees are placed within an oval aperture traditionally reserved for portraiture, constructing each one as a portrait of a spiritual personality.
These works are presented alongside Leigh’s Blue Sky Studies, which are built with a fluidity of light and quick marks that are in sharp contrast to the intensity and slow pace of the Family Tree series; exploring the tension between the permanent and temporal.
Wed – Fri: 11am – 6pm | Sat: 12-4pm
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Image: Simon Foxall, When you & I were forever wild, 2013
6 CARLOS PLACE MAYFAIR
4 December - 24 December 2012
5 December 2012, 6-9pm
Simon Oldfield. is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition and project space at 6 Carlos Place, Mayfair. From 4 December 2012, this handsome old building in the heart of Mayfair will once again be beating with the rhythm of the new.
Presenting a programme of curated exhibitions, solo presentations, site-specific installations, screenings, discussions, storytelling, writing and performances across the month of December.
At the heart of the building will be Seduction, an exhibition exploring the power of beauty to seduce, and also corrupt. The desire for a succession of pleasures. The attractive allure of the perfectly perfect.
The artists will present work in a range of media; painting, installation, sculpture, sound, photography, video, drawing and performance. Limited editions, multiples and small works will be available.
Participating artists include: Neal Tait, Sam Knowles Martin Westwood, Ben Ashton, Ryan Leigh, Juno Calypso, Mark Davey, Daniel Wallis, Clare Price, Tim Ellis, Kay Harwood, Lisa Hall, Tim Stoner, Julia Fodor aka Princess Julia, Luey Graves, Ben Ravenscroft, Sam Plagerson and Jonny Briggs. As the programme develops more artists will be announced.
Elizabeth Day is writer in residence. An award-winning author and journalist, Elizabeth will be holding storytelling sessions for adults in the main gallery. Embracing the immediacy of the spoken word and story-telling tradition, members of the public are invited to turn up at 4pm every Wednesday in December until Christmas. Elizabeth will read out loud from a range of short stories or extracts from current and classic literary works.
The programme will be updated regularly with information available on the gallery site and contained in our updates.
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm / Sunday 12-4pm
Private View, 5 December, 6-9pm
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30 September - 14 October 2012
An off-site project in collaboration with M. Goldstein
67 Hackney Road, London, E2 8ET
Neal Tait, Dirk Bell, Nathaniel Lee-Jones, Kay Harwood, Princess Julia and Reginald Alan Westaway will exhibit work alongside other works and objects.
Project continues until 14 October 2012
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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Sackler Café Space
10th August 2012-
10th October 2012
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COURTSHIP OF THE PEOPLES
22 June - 28 July 2012
21 June 2012, 18.30-20.30
Simon Oldfield is pleased to present Courtship of the Peoples, a large group exhibition including works by artists from the UK and overseas showing original works on paper that explore the pursuit of affection.
At the core of this exhibition is the idea of a correspondence. We are inviting a group of artists who will in turn propose one other artist with whom they would like to invite to exhibit alongside.
This exhibition is the second in a series of large group exhibitions at Simon Oldfield which began in 2011 with Friendship of the Peoples, co-curated with Tim Ellis.
Confirmed artists to date include:
Phillip Allen, Trevor Appleson, Ben Ashton, Sam Basu, Jonny Briggs, Laura Buckley, Gordon Cheung, Celine Condorelli, Dan Coopey, Matthew Cowan, Discoteca Flaming Star, Tim Ellis, Dryden Goodwin, Kay Harwood, Roger Hiorns, Sara Knowland, Sam Knowles, Ryan Leigh, Humphrey Ocean, Ben Ravenscroft, Dallas Seitz, Neal Tait, David Thorpe, Mark Titchner, Francis Upritchard and Alison Wilding.
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