IN THE CITY2014 - 2018
Trevor Burgess, Stephen Carter, Mark Crofton Bell, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Jock McFadyen, Tanmoy Samanta
IN THE CITY began as an exhibition I curated in 2014 at the Lion & Lamb, a gallery in East London which invited painters to curate painting shows. An expanded version of the exhibition is now showing at EAST Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts 23 July to 1 September 2018, and will tour to Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich 7 September to 24 October 2018.
The exhibition brings together contemporary painters whose work responds to the urban environment. It explores how through the practice of painting, artists transform and combine source material from different media such as photographs, images from newspapers, the internet as well as drawings and sketches.
The exhibition’s international scope registers the impact of global mobility and communications on artists’ sense of place. The artists give us oblique glimpses of their experience of different urban environments across three continents: Toronto and New York, Bangladesh and India, the UK and France, conveying real, imagined and remembered spaces. Commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and the natural world are all represented as are the inhabitants of the modern city.
The exhibition includes a display of preparatory material that offers an insight into the artists’ working methods. A catalogue was published of the Lion & Lamb exhibition with an introduction by Robert Harbison.