Approved: 02.11.2010

Gareth Kemp

Artist

Approved: 02.11.2010

I see my paintings as fictional landscapes. They often reference the work of other artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya or Frederic Edwin Church.   These paintings also draw upon memories of growing up in a remote part of wales. The titles often come from songs, - music is often an important and complimentary reference point for me.

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  • Location: Liverpool, North West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: Painter, Artist
 

Biography

I see my paintings as fictional landscapes. They often reference the work of other artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya or Frederic Edwin Church.   These paintings also draw upon memories of growing up in a remote part of wales. The titles often come from songs, - music is often an important and complimentary reference point for me.

I spend many hours carefully planning the assemblage of elements in each painting, a process of mentally cutting and pasting between photographic sources. This method results in repetitions and occlusions, recurrences of motifs and, frequently, a blurring between foreground and background. My paintings are built up in layers. The paint in each zone within a composition is given a consciously different treatment.

Together with the autobiographical significance that they carry, the finished works address my experience of the process of their painting and the decisions I have taken along the path, embracing that which is rigorously thought through, unplanned, or sometimes accidental.

CV & Education

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS 

Correspond. Rye Creative Centre, Rye. 
Private View 6th May 2016 5.30-8pm. 
Exhibition open 10am-3pm weekdays until 20 May 

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today. Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. 1 - 24 July 2016 

Correspond. Interview Room 11, Ocean Terminal 1, Edinburgh. 28 July -28 Aug 2016. 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS 

Let Us Make a Better World. Cello Factory, London. 9-15 April 2016 

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London. 7-13 March 2016 

Early Warning (Mark Devereux Projects). &Model Gallery, Leeds. 16 March - 2 April 2016 

Correspond. Artworks, Halifax 20 Feb - 20 March 2016 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

Threadneedle Prize, 2016//Discerning Eye, 2014//Threadneedle Prize, 2014//The Manchester Contemporary(with Axisweb), 2013//The National Open, 2010//Next Up: Liverpool Art Now, The Bluecoat Gallery, 2008//Liverpool Art Prize, 2008

 

Grants/Awards
Short-listed for Liverpool Art Prize 2008. 
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