Approved: 05.04.2015

Gemma Lowe

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 05.04.2015
  • Location: Battersea, London
  • Contexts: Exhibition
  • Artforms: Painting, Sculpture, Sound
  • Tags: degree show, drawing, memory, signature, falling, association, stutter, speech, staves, staff, sculpture, landscape, imaginary, imagination, garden



    Artist Statement

    My work examines a variety of systems and structures that exist in my everyday. For example, colour models, media and light. Using historical moments for reference helps trace my deployment of gesture.

    hand over face, hand on mouth, anonymous body leaping falling pushed

    I also use the deluge and juxtaposition of images in everyday ephemera such as free newspapers. I am especially drawn to uncanny moments where stories and images from different sources collide and create humour.

    The gestures reflect my interest in certain qualities of speech. For example, the absurdity of speech is a recurring theme in my work. At the point where I begin to use my voice, it falls away, silences and traces its steps, encircling the site of production.

    For example, my work //|\\ directly references multiple and familiar, yet transient architectural structures for facilitating social gatherings or ceremonies: the pyre, maypole, bonfire, tent. These structures animate a space for social discourse and act as sites for constructing narrative. Art tends to have a transient presence in relation to site, whereas architecture claims its site. This is something I am currently exploring further in my work.

    Palace of Accents is an ongoing collection of drawings that are a lateral spreading of thought. The work consists of sheets of paper that can be composed as one large wall piece or as grouped components spread around a space. It can be read as a narrative unfolding over time that is not linear, allowing for stretching and leaping in the manner of free association.

    Whippet Fur is formed of five individual paintings that refer to representations of moments that I did not witness. I arranged them in response to the sweeping gestural mark in the first painting, Pushed Thread. The arrangement itself becomes an image, transforming the individual works into building blocks of a higher-level schema, drawing attention to rhetorical devices used in the production and display of art works.

    These approaches to reconfiguration and dislocation of images attempt to re-examine how we perceive works of art as propositions, not always fully resolved; and the mechanisms for generating images beyond the periphery of the work. Negotiating this invisible, internal, yet very real space is a strong imperative in my practice.

    CV & Education


    2012-14         MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London

    2002-5           BA (Honours) Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

    2001-2           BTEC Foundation Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Solo Exhibition

    2015   Throwing Shapes, 84 Hatton Garden, London 

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2016    Parallel Lines: Mums and Daughters, Cell Studios, London

    2016    Working from Home, AMP Gallery, Peckham, part of Art Licks weekend, London

    2016    Duplicit, Snehta, Athens, Greece

    2015    Now in Reverse: An Amnesiac’s Stories, with Yvonne Feng, Hundred Years Gallery

    2015    Polyphonie X, 336 Green Lanes, London

    2015    RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

    2014    Not the Crown Jewels, PCS Union Battersea, London

    2014    Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London

    2014    Arddangosfa Neuroanatomy | Rebecca Hardy-Griffith, Bocs Coop, Caernarfon, Wales

    2014    RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

    2014    You Know, I... Instinct with thinking, with Yvonne Feng, Hockney Gallery, London

    2013    Diseased Brethren, part of Art Licks Weekend, Asylum, London

    2013    PNTNG NOV, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

    2013    WiP (work in progress), Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

    2012    Animal House, Cephalopod, London

    2011    Correos, Galeria Progresso, curated by Pablo Ferretti, Porto Alegre, Brazil

    Prizes / Open submissions

    2015    Shoosmiths Art Prize (shortlisted), MK Arts for Health, Milton Keynes Hospital

    2015    Longlisted for East London Painting Prize, Bow Arts Trust, London

    2014    Wells Art Contemporary,Somerset: Anita Taylor, Donald Smith, Richard Wentworth OBE

    2014    Saatchi New Sensations, Saatchi Online:Ceri Hand,Tom Hunter,Jessica Lack,Kirsty Ogg

    2011    Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London: Patricia Bickers, Pippa Hale, Robert Leckie

    2009    Absorb Arts Show, London


    2016-     Painting Tutor, Queensgate Studios, London

    2011-     Co-founder and Project Leader, Artists Explore, Greater London 

    2007-     Education Assistant, The National Gallery, London

    2008-16  Freelance Artist, Emergency Exit Arts, London

    2011       Artist, Epic Arts, Cambodia

    2007-9    Freelance Artist, Thames Festival and Lumina Arts, London

    2005-6    Workshop Facilitator, The Kids Company, London

    2002-4    Artist and Project Coordinator, Abbeydale Industrial Museum, Sheffield

    Awards / Scholarships

    2012-14   Lucy Halford Painting Bursary, Royal College of Art, London

    2005        Hallam Award, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

    2002        Drawing Award, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester


    2014, Royal College fo Art Degree Show, 9th June

    2014        Martian Sunsets are Blue: Royal College of Art Painting Catalogue, Kenilworth:

                    Emmerson Press, June 2013

    Residency / Exchange

    2016        Zarakes, Evia, Greece

    2013        Artist exchange, F+F Schule für Kunst und Design, Zürich, Switzerland

    Talks / Performance

    2016        Without Roof or Rule, Working from Home, AMP, Art Licks, London

    2015        Now in Reverse: An Amnesiac’s Stories, with Yvonne Feng, Hundred Years Gallery

    2014        Performance for 'Dwelling' | Guler Ates with Marcelle Joseph Projects, London

    2014        Artist Talk, Kingston University BA and MA programme, Kingston

    2014        Visiting Tutor and Artist talk, University of East London, BA and MA programmes

    2014        Guest Artist, Royal Mews, Royal Collection, London

    2014        Artist talk, Dyson Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, London

    2010        Guest Artist, Windsor Castle, Royal Collection, Windsor