Approved: 12.10.2009

Lindsey Bull

Artist

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Approved: 12.10.2009

Most importantly, my work is an exploration around reality and illusion. In particular the sensation of a fractured reality; the paintings depict figures within, and enveloped by spaces that feel simultaneously familiar and unreal. The idea of the moment is imperative to the process of making the paintings; they have to create tension in a moment in time.
My works are often small, the size offering

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Categories: Painting
  • Tags: painting, figurative, illusion, witchcraft, mythology, rites, rituals, female, performance, psychedelia
 
 

Biography

Most importantly, my work is an exploration around reality and illusion. In particular the sensation of a fractured reality; the paintings depict figures within, and enveloped by spaces that feel simultaneously familiar and unreal. The idea of the moment is imperative to the process of making the paintings; they have to create tension in a moment in time. My works are often small, the size offering a dynamic, intimate relationship. Absence and fragmentation is played with, coupled with heightened areas of patterning and layers of paint. Areas of the canvas are left unpainted, others are built up over a period of time. I utilise a lexicon of imagery drawn from various sources, from books on witchcraft and cults to boxing magazines and Kung Fu journals. The figures that I choose and which interest me the most, are usually performing or engaged in some unknown ritual. The interest in rituals and performances formed, when I was looking at boxing magazines from the 1950's and 1960's visual psychedelic experiments. During a residency in China, this research into performative behaviour deepened and expanded, in connection to rituals within Taoism and Buddhism and formed a new body of work. Consequently, mythological behaviour in connection to rites and rituals is the framework of much of my current work. It is an investigation into a language exploring the mystery of rituals. My recent work investigates mainly occult practices and mythology. Particularly, rites and rituals used in ancient and contemporary traditions of witchcraft. The figures are often female, masked, dressed in robes, hooded and undertaking some kind of performance. They are figures caught in flux, fleetingly tangible, yet at the same time abstracted and unknowable. I like to think of my paintings as interpreting a kind of 'gothic psychedelia'. They are the juncture where psychedelic patterning and colours meet darker forces driven by an interest in ritualistic performances and the 'freak out' of the acid trip.

CV & Education

Education:

 

2009 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design

2007 Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design

2001 BA (hons) Fine Art, Manchester School of Art

 

Solo Exhibitions:

 

2013 In Disguise, High House gallery, Oxford

2012 Darkling, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

2012 Out of the Cosmic Storm, Transition gallery, London

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

 

2013 Masques, Galerie d'YS, Brussels

Rituals are Tellers of Us, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn

Creekside Open (Selected by Paul Noble) APT gallery, London

Apophenia II, Fullersta Bio Konsthall, Sweden

The Owl Service, Transition gallery, London

2012 The Griffin Art Prize, Griffin gallery, London

The Manchester Contemporary, (Castlefield Gallery) Spinningfields, Manchester

Santorini Biennale, Santorini, Greece

Apophenia, China Shop gallery, Oxford

Triptych, Piccadilly place, Manchester

And Let the Walls Loose, Paradise Mill, Macclesfield

Painting Rituals, Coldharbour gallery, London

2011 National Open, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

Pulp Fictions, Transition gallery, London

Open Painting Competition, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

Dissipatio HG, Chiostro Di Voltorre, Italy

Heavens to Murgatroyd!, UAL Arts Gallery, London

Red Mansion Art Prize, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London

2010 Fade Away, Transition gallery, London & Gallery North, Newcastle

Hey hey hey, Beijing, China

I Am Solitary, Beers.Lambert Contemporary, Surface gallery, Nottingham

2009 Magic Carpet - Crypt gallery, London

thecentre:mk Annual Painting Prize, Milton Keynes

2008 Awopbopdawoobop, Transition gallery, London

2007 Now Wash Your Hands, Auto Italia South East, London

 

Awards:

 

2012 Griffin Art Prize (shortlisted)

2011 Motorcade/FlashParade National Open Prizewinner

2010 Red Mansion Art Prize

2009 Brenda Landon Pye Prize

2009 thecentre:mkAnnual Painting Prize Finalist

 

Residencies:

 

2011 Associazione Stralis, Milan, Italy (May)

2010 Red Mansion Foundation, Beijing, China (Sept - Oct)

 

Publications:

 

Darkling, 2013

Painting Rituals, Shelter Press, 2012

About Painting, Transition Editions, 2011