Parliament of Fowles 4: Chanticleer (2018, crayon, paper)

The final work in this series exploring avian motifs takes its title from Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, in which the rooster Chauntecleer nearly meets his doom after a fox uses flattery to overcome his natural wariness, only to be flattered himself by the rooster into permitting Chauntecleer to escape. The tale warns the reader…

Sketches (Street Life) (2018, wax and pen on paper)

Dog Walkers in the Rain, Brockwell Park, SE24 Carnival, Notting Hill, W11 Leadenhall St, EC3 Pigeons by the Sainsbury Wing, WC2N Flooding outside Hammersmith Tube, W6 These five sketches return to the spare, dynamic style seen in the ‘Parliament of Fowles’ series, ranging broadly across London’s streets in vignettes that seem to veer to one…

Parliament of Fowles 3: Sparrowhawk (2018, wax on paper)

This visceral contribution to the Parliament of Fowles series vividly captures the chaos and violence of a sparrowhawk’s abrupt descent among its prey. The hawk is barely outlined and seems both lightning-fast and larger than life, its wings seeming to loom and threaten as much as beak and claw, while the mix of red and…

London I & II (2018, mixed media)

London I: Soho Square London II: Primrose Hill This mixed media diptych represents a departure from more lyrical and myth-inspired recent work. The unsettling red, black and pink palette suggests a city a long way from peaceful, while the scribbled-over flower motifs and lonely dabs of green struggling to be seen in Soho Square speak…

[VISITING ARTIST] In The Beginning (2018, pencil on paper)

London artist Ben King’s longstanding interest in the ephemeral is captured here in the light application of line and colour, reminiscent of reflected light through stained glass: visible yet intangible, present yet fleeting, poetic and lyrical yet without substance. By restricting his use of colour to the three primaries he imbues his drawing with refreshing…

Parliament of Fowles 2: Rooks (2018, wax on paper)

In this lively evocation of a noisy, busy treetop rookery the ‘Parliament’ of the series title takes on a more localised meaning, as the collective noun for rooks (corvus frugilegus) is in fact a ‘Parliament’, referring to the folk myth that the birds hold communal court sessions to adjudicate on the theft by houseproud rooks…

[VISITING ARTIST] Piazza Comunale (2018, performance)

Anglo-Italian artist Olivia Passalenti developed this performance as part of the Grottamare summer residency programme. Inspired by the bustling, chaotic public life of a classical Italian piazza, the work explores the capacity of architecture to structure, constrain and still be overspilled by the always already excessive energy of human social interaction. During the performance the…

Parliament of Fowles 1: Cock Pheasant (2018, wax on paper)

In this series the artist steps away from her colour-rich watercolour and tempera work, developing an economic line and use of space to capture the energy and essence of bird life. Inspired by Chaucer’s famous poem, the series teases us with a palimpsest of meanings ascribed by our human culture to the species around us,…