The paintings exist on a ground between potentially recognisable image and paint as an independent, physical force. I hope that the paintings feel inevitable, a result of chance/intent, that they convey a sense of the body/skin where there are rubbed back areas, movement, indefinable space but one which acknowledges the artifice in the activity. I am often very aware of the unending space above our heads and this is somehow compounded by working in (favoured) basement studios. Recent developments in the paintings have been affected by the new drawings so more graphic marks are appearing, also collage occasionally.
The drawings (more will follow on this site) have been made on canvas and also on paper and are very graphic in comparison. Where the paintings suggest a possible sense of the body (internal and external) and flesh and atmospheric space the drawings suggest layers and planes of space impacting on each other; mappings, geographic urban demarcations, pools, symbols, flags, shadows, cooling towers; fears both physical and psychological hover over peaceful vistas.
Arts Council of England, Collection
Israel Phoenix Assurance, Tel Aviv, Israel
Barclays Capital, Dubai
Arthur Anderson, London
Fitzwilliam Museum (on loan to Clare College)
L G Collection, London
Meyer Brown, London
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 1984 - MA Hons, Fine Art, Painting, Chelsea School of Art 1983 - BA Hons, Fine Art, Painting, Winchester School of Art 1980 - Foundation Course, Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art
Solo exhibitions 2013 - Virginia Verran, Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD), London 2000 - Paintings from 1995-2000, Gallery Fine, London 2000 - Virginia Verran : Paintings 1995-2000, Gallery Fine, London 1999 - Virginia Verran: Ten year retrospective, Henie-Onstad Kunstsentre, Oslo, Norway 1997 - New Paintings, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall 1995 - New Paintings, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery 1993 - New Paintings, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery 1990 - New Work, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery 1988 - New Paintings, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery
Group exhibitions 2013 - Hey!Narcissus!, Studio 1.1 Gallery, London 2013 - Unknown Sitter DOS, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London 2013 - Discernible, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London 2013 - Marmite Prize for Painting 1V, Tannery Arts, London 2012 /2013 - First Come, First Served: Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, 2013.
Anschlussel: Artists from London and Berlin, C4RD , London 2012 - Collectible, ZAP : Zeitgeist Art Projects, New Cross, London 2012 - Equinox, Transition Gallery, London 2012 - Marmite Painting Exhibition, Opens at Central Art Gallery Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester then on tour..ending in London June 2013 -Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London 2012 -
A World of Drawings (Lia Anna Hennig, Felicity Powell, Virginia Verran, Alexia Goethe Gallery, London 2011 - Anschlussel London/Berlin , Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin 2011 - Energetic Japan, Nika Gallery, Japan 2011 - Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London 2011 -
The Drawing Room Biennial Auction, The Drawing Room, London 2010 - Drawings at the Eagle Gallery, Eagle Gallery 159, Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3AL, London 2010 - Drawings by Wendy Anderson, Fieroza Doorsen, Virginia Verran, Eagle Gallery, 159 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3AL 2010 - Jerwood Drawing Prize (1st Prize Winner) selected by Jenni Lomax, Charles Darwent, Emma Talbot , Jerwood Space, London 2010 - Jerwood Drawing Prize Ist Prize Winner, Jerwood Space, London 2010
The Pressures of Space', Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London 2009 - A21 International, Kobei, Japan 2009 - Jerwood Drawing Prize selected by Roger Malbert, Tania Kovats, Nicholas Usherwood, Jerwood Drawing Space and tour around country through 2010, London, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Devon, Cheltenham
2008 - 'Same As it Ever Was' curated by Clyde Hopkins (survey of fine art tutors and selected graduates , Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2008 - 'Timescapes', BADept, Blackpool 2007 - Drawing Show, Artonomy Fine Art, Truro, Cornwall
2007 - Virginia Verran and David Oates, Redchurch Gallery, Shoreditch 2005 - 'Short Stories About Painting', Artspace Gallery, Islington 2003 - 'A21 International', Contemporary Art Space, Osaka, Japan 2001 - 'British Abstract Art', Flowers East, London 1998 - Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1997 - John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1996 - In-Transit, Some Contemporary British Art, Leiden Holland and Osnabruck, Germany 1996 - Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1994 - Gallery Artists - Paintings and Works on Paper, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery 1994 - Gallery Artists, Paintings & works on paper from stock, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery 1994 - Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery 1992 - Five Year: Works on Paper, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery
Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Marmite Painting Prize, Opens at Central Art Gallery Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester 2010 -
Jerwood Drawing Prize (1st Prize Winner) selected by Jenni Lomax, Charles Darwent and Emma Talbot, Jerwood Space, London 2009 -
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009,selected by Roger Malbert, Tania Kovats, Nicholas Usherwood, Jerwood Space, London
Hunting Prize 2002 ( 2nd Prize Winber). Royal College of Art, London.
Educational experience - tertiary 1993 - Part-time Lecturer, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University 1990 - Associate Lecturer (current), Fine Art Department, Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall 1988 - Part-time Lecturer, Painting Department, Hull Polytechnic 1986 - Part-time Lecturer (current) Painting Department, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London