Approved: 30.05.2011

Cherry Pickles

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 30.05.2011

I make images with paint, collage, drawing and camera. Work is from observation, directly from life, from drawings, from photographs, from screen images. Self-portraiture is central, partly because I'm simply the observable human figure in what I paint but also, through performance, it allows me to trespass into the worlds of other women and, more particularly, men. Different realities can be combined

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    Artist Statement

    I make images with paint, collage, drawing and camera. Work is from observation, directly from life, from drawings, from photographs, from screen images. Self-portraiture is central, partly because I'm simply the observable human figure in what I paint but also, through performance, it allows me to trespass into the worlds of other women and, more particularly, men. Different realities can be combined in contemporary and subversive response to myth or bible story. My windscreen paintings are a response to landscape imperfectly perceived beyond the familiar cluttered foreground, smeared windscreen, and the indistinct self-portraiture of the rear-view mirror. I am fascinated that I can use drawing to respond democratically (denying hierarchy to contrasting subject matters) to the media's indiscriminate treatment of conflict, death, celebrity, pornography, triviality but, when such a topic touches me personally, it is important to me to see how this illusion of objectivity breaks down. I like the way the varied size, shape, materials and styles of the works carry an autobiographical narrative reflecting how my life is lived through my work. The huge unstretched works are a consequence of having had the chance to work in open air Caribbean studios using travel-friendly acrylics. The larger oil paintings are evidence of time spent working and re-working in the studio. Landscape format windscreen paintings show time spent working behind the wheel in car parks and laybys. Drawings of roadscapes, seated passengers, aeroplane food and wing-tips is time spent on the move. Other work that also uses line, very limited colour and sometimes fragments of text is a consequence of time spent in front of screens or in cafes, skimming through and drawing from well-thumbed newspapers and magazines.

    CV & Education

    Education
    Bsc Mathematics   Ulster University
    !st Class Honours in Painting  Chelsea Art School
    Postgraduate Diploma in Painting  Slade School

    Employment
    Tutor  Royal Drawing School
    Formerly Senior Lecturer   Cardiff Art School

    Recent Solo exhibitions

    2015 - Cherry Pickles   Thomas Williams Fine Art   Old Bond St   London

    2015 - Cherry Pickles   Oriel Mwldan   Cardigan   Wales

    2014 - The Precarious Image   Westminster Reference Library   London WC2

    2012 - Cherry Pickles 'Heads and Tales', Kapil Jariwala, Camberwell
    2012 - Cherry Pickles Artist in Residence Exhibition, Oriel-y-Parc, St Davids Pembrokeshire
    2012 - 'Overseas', Ezair Gallery, 905 Madison Avenue, New York, USA
    2011 - Cherry Pickles: 'Wales and Beyond', Tenby Museum, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
    2008 - 'Fast and Loose', Piano Nobile Gallery, Holland Park, London

    Recent Group exhibitions

    2016 Women Can't Paint (four women artists inc Rose Wylie) Turps Banana   London

    2015 National Open Art (prizewinner)   Royal College   London

    2015 Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Exhibition

    2014 - Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition

    2014 - National Eisteddfod   Wales

    2013 - Cork Street Open, The Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London
    2013 - Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition Exhibition, Kings Place Gallery, York Way, Kings Cross, London
    2013 - SELF £20000 Self-Portrait Prize Exhibition, Royal Portrait Society, Mall Galleries, London
    2013 - The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
    2013 - The National Eisteddfod of Wales Visual Arts Exhibition, The National Eisteddfod, Denbigh
    2012 - National Open Art Competition, Minerva Theatre and Prince's Foundation, Chichester and London
    2012 - Wales International Painting Prize: Through Tomorrow's Eyes, BEEP 2012, Volcano Theatre, High St, Swansea
    2011 - Curatorial Contrast 2, BayArt, Cardiff 2011 - Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Exhibition, Kings Place Gallery, Guardian/Observer Building, Kings Place, Kings Cross, London
    2010 - Welsh Painters (Co-curator and Exhibitor), The Welsh Office, Whitehall, London

    Residencies

    2015 - Dumfries House   Royal Drawing School Residency

    2014 - Philip Guston-Musa McKim Residency   Yaddo   New York State

    Previous: Oriel y Parc St Davids Wales    Altos de Chavon Dominican Republic (x2)               Omi NY State USA     Ragdale Illinois USA     Athens Art School (x3)                                      Ratti Foundation Como Italy (x2)    St Andrews University

    Live/Performance

    2015 In conversation with Yaddo collaborator and writer Lawrence Weschler (author of 25 years of conversations with David Hockney etc) at the Royal Drawing School
    2013 - Sky Arts Regional Final, Portrait Painter of the Year, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff

    Intervention
    2011 - 4-Dimensional Drawing intervention in 'Measure for Measure', Central Booking, Brooklyn, New York

    Recent Competitions, prizes and awards
    2013 - Finalist, SELF, £20,000 self-portrait award, Mall Galleries, London
    2013 - Prizewinner, Lynn Stainer-Painter Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
    2013 - Regional Finalist, Sky Arts Portraitist of the Year, Sky Arts at Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff, Wales
    2011 - Finalist in Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery (Guardian Newspaper Building), Kings Cross, London