Visiting artist: Shingle Street (2019, mixed media)

This charming landscape by visiting artist Dorothy Locke dialogues with Williams’ Lamdscapes series and is inspired by the famous ‘Shingle Street’ stretch of houses along a stony Suffolk beach. Rich with the warm colours of a summer holiday and redolent with the warm glow of childhood nostalgia, the work both draws us back into our…

London III: Regent’s Park

This gritty addition to the London diptych blends collage with pen-and-ink to capture the multiple layers of energy, grandeur, glamour and squalor overlaying this iconic London park. The pale form of an elephant looms in the background, as if waiting patiently for – for what? Liberation from a zoo enclosure? Clean air to breathe? Meanwhile,…

Red Flag (2018, mixed media)

This challenging piece explores some of the more complex themes that underlie the sparkle and celebration overtly acknowledged around the Christmas season. The title refers to the Communist anthem ‘The Red Flag’, which is sung to the same tune as a traditional German song ‘O Tannenbaum’, originally a song about steadfastness but adopted as a…

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] Homo Homini Lupus (2018, mixed media)

Visiting artist Dorothy Locke joins Pipsinella and Libby Williams in stylistic and thematic dialogue here around ideas of nature, wildness, predation and the food chain. The tiger stands in for Homo sapiens as apex predator in this piece, which mixes mundane references to mealtimes and the body beautiful with darker intimations of the raw violence…

Landscapes 5: Tado Taisha Chochin Matsuri (2018, mixed media)

This mixed media addition to the ‘Landscapes’ series continues the international and more urban themes emerging with Container Port, depicting one of Japan’s great Lantern Festivals. Dynamic lines suggest the movement of crowds toward lighted lanterns in the top part of the piece while multiple red circles against the white lower section imply a multiplication…

Landscapes 4: Container Port, Hudson Bay, NY (2018, mixed media)

In this departure from the more bucolic themes of Landscapes 1 and 2, and showing a development from the split urban/rural consciousness of Landcsape 3, this striking work uses an unusual technique fusing and tearing the thickly-painted paper to create mirrored shapes present in their absence and ‘reflected’ around the fold and tear. Container Port…

[VISITING ARTIST] Sun Screen Ice Cream (2018, mixed media)

Continuing her ‘Trousseau’ series in a new medium, SUNSCREEN ICE CREAM THIS IS THE FUTURE is Pipsinella’s most recent work exploring themes around holidays and leisure. Working at the intersection of the contested and ever-changing spaces of travel, meteorology and our boundaried, human bodies, Pipsinella’s work continues to challenge our settled notions of artistic category….

Nee Naw 3: Out To Pasture (2018, mixed media)

This poignant closing tryptich in the ‘Nee Naw’ series explores different directions that have been taken by the gradual decline of our public service ethos from its twentieth-century apogee. Whether a kind of resigned, angry collapse, an escape into hedonism or simply abandonment – an ethic, a mindset ‘put out to pasture’, Nee Naw 3…

Landscapes 3: Home Counties (2018, mixed media)

In this dynamic addition to the ‘Landscapes’ series the artist departs from her usual thickly-textured ‘impasto’ technique to develop her watercolour work in a softer and more light-filled direction. The work retains Williams’ characteristic energy and movement, though, through the addition of powerful lines toward the lower part of the work, in a deep crayon…