21ST FIGURE

 

BC Projects is pleased to present 21st Figure, an online exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of contemporary artists who embrace figurative painting in the new millennium. The exhibition features the work of six artists showcasing a renewed interest in expressive modes of figuration from an international younger community.

 

LYDIA BLAKELEY
RY DAVID BRADLEY
GARETH CADWALLADER
ALESSANDRO FOGO
TOM HOWSE
PIERRE KNOP

 
 

LYDIA BLAKELEY

 

Lydia Blakeley (b. 1980, Bracknell, Berkshire, England) lives and works in North Yorkshire. Blakeley uses paint to reflect the present, which is saturated with snapshots of hyper-reality, and by using the medium as a response to popular culture. Through the painting process she attempts to introduce new layers of meaning, develop narratives and present alternative interpretations of our actuality. The materiality of her paintings reinforce the permanence of the image within an increasingly dematerialised world. 

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The Deposition, 2019
Sample (A Study for a Bath), 2020
Something Good, 2019
 

I’m constantly aware of and recording the world around me. The beauty of it is that I can react to something that inspires me from out of the blue or I can return to something years after I first found it.

 
Lydia Blakeley - The Deposition.jpg
 

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RY DAVID BRADLEY

 

Ry David Bradley (b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia) lives and works in London. Bradley is known as one of the artists at the forefront of new artistic theories and practices exploring the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art and society, continuing a longstanding investigation of 21st century painting. High contrast renders are achieved through a process of heating dyes onto the textured surface of tapestry, adding a layer of spray paint cast over the digital source. Rich hues often unobtainable by anything but the chromatic intensity of a screen, or of paint itself, sit alongside both of these in a process Bradley has slowly developed over many years of investigation.

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oqonim85, 2020
amexoq27, 2020
epuyur33, 2020
modepi32, 2020
 

Bradley’s works are produced on acrylic tapestry with the assistance of a team in Japan, creating a highly detailed surface with superior quality which can be compared to a miniature circuit board made of combinations of red, green and blue – like a screen. As a result, the artist creates a link between two different dimensions, unifying them by making a physical version of digital reality.

It’s a very 21st century thing. Files are like a dream sometimes… not there when you wake up. That is why the tapestry is so good. It is still there when you rub your eyes.

 
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GARETH CADWALLADER

 

Gareth Cadwallader (b. 1979, Swindon, UK) lives and works in London. He is a miniaturist painter of Realist portals: banal and familiar scenes that exist outside of specific space and time, held at a point of electric tension by neurotically rigorous formal consideration. His compositions are an eclectic mix of different genres, from still life to landscape with an unusual angle and a considered approach to pattern, shape and form.

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View From The Sailor Girl II, 2016
Coffee, 2019
Flax
 

Selecting subjects that range from the familiar to the mundane, Cadwallader highlights banality as a domain of undiscovered beauty.

 
Gareth Cadwallader - Coffee.jpg
 

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ALESSANDRO FOGO

 

Alessandro Fogo (b. 1992, Thiene, Italy) lives and works in Marche, Italy. Fogo sources imagery like an archaeologist digging for artefacts, often drawing on ancient historical and alchemical motifs, which are then layered and interspersed with familiar everyday objects. In his works there is a strong use of lapis blue combined with symbolic meanings coming from diverse ancient civilizations - "Blue comes from a particular moment of the day that I like for its ambiguity. In general, I am interested in working with the semantics of objects. I am fascinated by how much an object can really tell us about its history and function. Objects, even if removed from their original contexts, often maintain some sort of definite aura, but they become ambiguous, religious and sacred objects especially. There is a huge potential for new narratives to be born from objects such as these. As human beings, we attach such strong meaning and power to symbols, but if we forget for a moment our cultural background, we see things, objects, as empty, meaningless containers." 

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Acchiappasole, 2019
Le Perversioni di Apollo, 2019
 

Acchiappasole is a funny way of trying to catch the sunrays. It is an attempt of taking physical possession of something that we only experience.

Apollo is the Greek divinity related to the sun; his task is to make it rise every day. I depicted him, or better to say his feet, during the night. I imagined the night as a moment of transgressions that don’t belong to him and his myth.

 
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TOM HOWSE

 

Tom Howse (b. 1988, Chester, England) lives and works in London. Howse's work is existential - through his highly imaginative compositions, the artist explores why the universe is the way it is, and fundamentally, why we are the way we are. Hinting to our evolutionary make up, our biological resilience and our psychological traits, the London-based artist explores our evolution as a species in his bold paintings. The viewer does not look into realities constructed by Howse, rather they are absorbed into pre-existing universes where a UFO, household furniture, and anthropomorphic celestial bodies unquestionably coexist. Where they have their own universal rules and laws that seem out of place until experienced in person.

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Frog Shepherd, 2020
Plants and Quilts, 2018
Satellite 2, 2020
Plants with Star, 2020
 

By reevaluating our position as pointless, we can free ourselves from our anxieties and ego driven self-destruction and begin to focus on our beautiful, magnificent universe as a whole.

 
Tom Howse - Plants and Quilts, 2018, 350
 

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PIERRE KNOP

 

Pierre Knop (b. 1982, Nancy, France) lives and works in Cologne, Germany. His focus is clearly painting which, through its power, enables him to attain sometimes explosive, sometimes frivolous, sometimes humorous and even bitterly ironic realms. Socio-political topics therefore infiltrate the scenarios that use playful nuances to highlight social mores and trends. 

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Afternoon, 2020
Surfdad Not Soccer Mom, 2020
Retreat, 2020
Dreams, 2020
 

The progression is a very vivid and organic process. As I work on several paintings at the same time, there are often parallels in atmosphere, colour and appearance, in order to achieve a visual impact on the recipient. I have a lot of images or photographs of my family history, travels, historical images etc in my archive. I also use them as a starting point. They sometimes provoke an initial idea. Like Rauschenberg had this with a book of Dante or Peter Doig by watching the end scene of a horror movie. I think it was Friday 13th.


 
7 - 'Surfdad not Soccer Mom' 2020, oil a