St Oswald’s Studios, Sedlescombe Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1RH. More info: 0777-252-0258
Opening reception: 29 June 17:00 - 20:30
Weekdays: 10:00 - 19:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00
Or by Appointment: 0777-252-0258
About the event
This group exhibition of five new artists represents the culmination of a unique three-year study program. Resultant of an intense curriculum of technical and studio training, this show features final-year paintings, prints, and drawings.
While each artist retains distinctive thematic and aesthetic concerns, a fertile exchange has developed between the students. This communal dialogue has coalesced into the formation of The Obscurities.
Whilst providing each artist with a foundation of technical dexterity to build upon, the pressurized studio environment has expedited individual artistic concerns. Justin Fitzpatrick, by paring down familiar edifices, reveals their inherently unfamiliar essence. Further decontextualized by placement within simplified landscapes, subjects such as grain silos and houses transform into monumental archetypes. Miriam Maselkowski records her immersive encounters with the British landscape in her gestural paintings, exploring the potential for natural forces to be communicable of human emotion. George Winks atomizes figurative elements into their environments, granting equal importance to both atmosphere and subject. Working from abstraction to figuration and back again, his multilayered paintings function as both treatise and painterly documentation. Katharine Prendergast reclaims unsightly consequences of urbanization – pigeons and scaffolding – as aesthetically worthwhile subjects. By use of painting, drawing, and montage, Katharine uncovers the underlying pattern and beauty of what is normally regarded as the detritus of London. Thomas Collins’ introspective dialogue between object and artist manifests in a wide range of subject matter. Concerned with the dichotomy between the seen and unseen, Thomas produces sensitive representations of the world around him.
St. Oswald’s School of Painting is a unique program supported by the School of Economic Science. A one-off curriculum, no class antecedes or succeeds these five artists.