Exhibition explores the evolution of painting

The history of painting will be explored in a new exhibition of four contemporary artists whose work broadens and challenges our understanding of the traditional medium.

The history of painting will be explored in a new exhibition of four contemporary artists whose work broadens and challenges our understanding of the traditional medium.

All Men By Nature Desire to Know – at the Bonington Gallery from 13 January to 17 February – will present a variety of works which examine the evolution of the art form and reflect how it's been influenced over time.

The exhibition - curated by Nottingham-based artist Josh Lockwood – features works by Stefania Batoeva, Flora Klein, Audrey Reynolds and Alan Michael. There will be an accompanying text by Rachal Bradley.

“Painting is the world’s oldest art form and hasn't died out by any means,” says curator Josh. “It has changed considerably through history and is used in different ways today than used to be.

“Today there are many ways to create an image, instantly and with more simplicity than by painting. Contemporary painters adopt these new modes of image making to inform their painting, opening up dialogues of their position within the present.

“Technological development, such as photography and more, has made painting more indefinite, allowing the movement of painting towards abstract art, transgressing Western painting historically of being the art of representation.

“Painting is quite a difficult medium as it demands your full attention. You can look at a painting for five seconds or hours in the action of analysis. As such it can be hard for viewers to unpack for we are used to seeing imagery taken through a lens.

“This exhibition brings together four contemporary practitioners who are working today, adding to the continuing narrative of the medium of painting. Influences from the past are absorbed and rejected creating a fresh reality for each painting.”

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. For more details visit the Bonington Gallery website.

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Exhibition explores the evolution of painting

Published on 13 January 2017
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