Approved: 16.08.2006

Vivien Blackett

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

I trawl through images taken from a variety of sources including medieval prints and numerous books, both contemporary and historical, on medicine, botany, alchemy and science, etc and I am interested in the frescoes and the predellas of early Renaissance painting. My drawings continue to be an important and playful part of my research for the paintings and I use them to experiment with

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Higher education, Adult education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting, Public Art
 
 

Biography

I trawl through images taken from a variety of sources including medieval prints and numerous books, both contemporary and historical, on medicine, botany, alchemy and science, etc and I am interested in the frescoes and the predellas of early Renaissance painting. My drawings continue to be an important and playful part of my research for the paintings and I use them to experiment with connections, scale, illusion and meaning. From 1997 onwards, for an exhibition at the Adam Gallery titled ABOVE, BELOW, WITHIN, I was working on paintings consisting of two or more panels juxtaposed, combining images of my own invention with those taken from, for example, a microscopic photograph or a medieval woodcut. Despite the disparity of the various elements, I am trying to suggest a logic or connectivity which questions the nature of appearance and our experience of the world. In my most recent paintings I have gone back to working on single panels.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

1978 - BA (Hon) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London

Solo exhibitions

2010 - Vivien Blackett: Recent Paintings and Drawings, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

2003 - Vivien Blackett Paintings, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London

2002 - Vivien Blackett, Michael West Gallery, Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight

1997 - Vivien Blackett, Above, below, within, Adam Gallery, London

1993/4 - Vivien Blackett, Southern Arts Touring Exhibition, Southern Arts area including Winchester, Bracknell and Isle of Wight

1988 - Vivien Blackett Paintings, Flaxman Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

1987 - Vivien Blackett: Paintings, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

1987 - Vivien Blackett: Artist in Residence, National Gallery, London

1985 - Vivien Blackett: Drawings – Spitalfields Health Centre, Whitechapel Gallery 

Group exhibitions

2016 - CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam

2012 - Artsdepot Open 2012, Artsdepot, London

2012 - Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London

2011 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London

2009 - Open 2009 - Drawing, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

2005 - After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries, Brunei Gallery, London

1998 - ARTfutures, Royal Festival Hall, London

1998 - Whitechapel Opens 1984/85/86/87/88/89/98, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1997 - From the Interior, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University; Oldham Art Gallery; Derby Art Gallery; Brighton University Gallery; Hotbath Gallery, Bath; Aberystwyth Art Gallery

1995 - Fine Art at Stoke 1970-1995, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

1995 - Foreign Bodies, Shinjuku Cultural Centre, Tokyo, Japan

1994 - Contemporary Arts Society Fair, Smith's Galleries, London

1994 - This Sceptred Isle, Burlington New Gallery, London

1993 - Art for Everywhere 1989/90/91/92/93, Peterborough City Art Gallery, Peterborough

1993 - Paintings for Cancer Research, Sotheby's, London

1992 - The New Patrons, Christies, London

1992 - Women's Art at New Hall, New Hall, Cambridge University,

1991 - Art '91 Islington Art Fair, Business Design Centre, N1, London

1991 - Critical Practice, Bridge Gallery, Central St Martins School of Art, London

1991 - Leicestershire Exhibitions 1988/1989/1991, County Hall, Leicester

1990 - Broadgate Art Week, Broadgate, Liverpool Street, London

1990 - The Art Machine, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

1988 - Cries and Whispers, British Council Touring Exhibition, New Zealand and USA

1988 - Women and Water, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London

1987 - Autumn Show, Louise Hallett Gallery, London

1986 - Primarily Colour, Touring exhibition organised by Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1986 - Unheard Music, Stoke City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

1985 - Fresh Air, St Paul's Gallery, Leeds

1985 - Pace Setters 5, Peterborough City Art Gallery, Peterborough

1978 - Stowell's Tropy, Royal Academy, London

1978 - Young Painters, Harlow Playhouse, Harlow Art 

Gallery Education

 2010 - Exhibition tour, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

1998 - Presentation for London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London

1998 - Presentation on linking residencies with public art, London Borough of Hackney, London

1992 -1999 - Workshops and talks during exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London

1998 - Workshops and talks during exhibitions

1985-1998, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1993 - Workshops during Southern Arts Touring exhibition of my work, Schools and galleries, Southern Arts area

1992 - Workshops with Warsaw Academy, Staffordshire University and ARTLINK at schools and hospitals in Warsaw, Poland

1991 - Summer Sketch workshops, National Portrait Gallery, London

1987 - Workshops during exhibition of my work, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

1985 - Workshops during Pace Setters 5, Peterborough City Art Gallery, Peterborough

Residencies

1993 - Artist-in-Residence, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon 1992 - Artist-in-residence, Camden Arts Centre, London

1986 - National Gallery Artist-in-Residence, National Gallery, London

1985 - Artist-in-residence, Mulberry School, organised by Whitechapel Art Gallery and Public Arts Development Trust, London 

Public commissions

1998 - 4 Paintings, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester

1991 - Mobile Library design, Birmingham City Council Libraries Department, organised by Public Art Commissions Agency, Birmingham

1986 - 2 paintings, London Hospital, organised by Public Arts Development Trust, London

Corporate commissions

1988 - Painting, Stanhope Properties, organised by Public Art Development Trust, London

Tertiary Education experience

1986/1997 - Visiting Lecturer at following colleges: Staffordshire University; Birmingham Polytechnic; Coventry Polytechnic; Central St Martins, London; Gloucestershire College; Brighton Polytechnic; Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham; Canterbury College of Art and Design; Winchester School of Art; Camberwell School of Art; Ruskin College, Oxford

 Publications

2005 - Short Stories about Painting, edited by Jeffrey Dennis, published by Art Space Gallery, London ISBN; 0-9549623-2-x

1992/1996/2003 - New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge ISBN: 0 9507108 4 9

1997  From the Interior - Fran Lloyd for Kingston University Press, ISBN: 1 899999 04 3

1989 - Artists & Schools: The Whitechapel's Programme with East London Schools by Jenni Lomax, Whitechapel Gallery, London      ISBN: 0 85488 084 4

1988 - Cries and Whispers catalogue, British Council touring exhibition ISBN: 0 86355 0630