Vitalistic Fantasies exhibition at Elysium Gallery, Swansea

Exhibition dates: 4 June – 16 July 2022.

I am delighted to be included in this group exhibition, ‘Vitalistic Fantasies’ at Elysium Gallery Swansea where I will be showing my painting ‘Song of the Siren 3’.

Song of the Siren 3, oil on canvas, 39cm x 59cm, 2020

It is an expanded version of the exhibition originally planned for 2020 BEEP Painting Biennial and will open on 4 June with works by painters from the artist led group Contemporary British Painting curated by Paula MacArthur and Casper White.

“The title of this exhibition is taken from the introduction of Isabelle Graw’s 2018 book, The Love of Painting in which she argues that aliveness of paintings is created not only through the specific ways in which painters personalise their paintings through the traces of activity on the resulting work, but also through the projections of the viewer onto the painting.

She writes: ‘One key reason I call these fantasies “vitalistic” is because they imaginatively assume qualities of living beings such as subjectivity, liveliness, and animation for dead material. In a vitalistic fantasy, human attributes – like self-command, will, and energy – are projected onto lifeless material’.”

An online catalogue with an essay by Dr. Catrin Webster will be available soon from the CBP website.

Artists: Susan Absolon, David Ainley, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Karl Bielik, Claudia Böse, Day Bowman, Julian Brown, Marco Cali, Ruth Calland, Jules Clarke, Deb Covell, Lucy Cox, Gordon Dalton, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Natalie Dowse, Nathan Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Suzanne Holtom,  Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham, Rachel Lancaster, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, Paula MacArthur, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Nicholas Middleton, Paul Newman, Stephen Newton, Joe Packer, Stephen Palmer, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, James Quin, Katherine Russell, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Molly Thomson, Ehryn Torrell, Judith Tucker, Casper White, Joanna Whittle, Sean Williams.

Elysium Gallery, 210 High Street, Swansea SA1 1PE

Private view: Saturday 4 June, 7pm
Exhibition dates: 4 June – 16 July 2022
Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Admission free