About

Sphinx, acrylic on paper, 58 x 30cm, 2018

Exhibitions

2019

  • Creekside Open 2019 selected by Sacha Craddock, 13 June – 7 July
  • ‘Looking at You’ with Gedney Common, Rose Lipman Building, London, 2 – 14 April
  • Subsidiary Projects, London – ‘Summer Will Have its Flies’, group show, 25 January – 2 February
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, South London Gallery, 5 December – 24 February
  • Gallery 98, Ramsgate, Christmas Open exhibition, 1 December – 5 January

2018

  • Paper Cuts, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • RWA Open, Bristol, 6 October
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, part of Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Exeter Phoenix, café gallery
  • Plymouth Art Weekender
  • OSR Project Space, Od Arts Festival, Somerset
  • Galleries R Us, Art Week Exeter
  • Oxfam Music shop, Art Week Exeter

2017

  • Awesome art space, Exeter, Christmas exhibition
  • Rye Winter Salon, Rye Creative Centre
  • PIY Paintlounge, Sluice Biennial
  • Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth School of Creative Arts
  • Turps Banana Correspondence Course
  • Makers of the Multiverse – Juneau Projects/Spacex
  • Random Art Machine @PS45 Gallery with PSU
  • Art Auction, Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Previous exhibitions and projects

  • Residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives,  June 2016
  • With Preston Street Union, May 2016, Postcard exchange, bookmark performance
  • Group show at Exeter Library, Absence and Presence, prints, March 2016
  • Group show of work at Chapel House, Penzance, January 2016
  • Collider, group show, PZ Gallery, Penzance – December 2015
  • Member of Preston Street Union
  • Second Prize, Open Drawing exhibition, Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 2015
  • Commissioned to design Visit Exmouth railway posters as part of Exmouth Festival, partners include: Arts Council England and First Great Western, 2015
  • Group show at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, 2014
  • Group show at Gloss Gallery, Exeter, 2014
  • Group show, National Trust – Killerton House, 2013

Awards, Courses, Education

  • 2018/19 a-n mentoring bursary
  • 2018 Bloomberg New Contemporaries
  • 2016/19 Turps Banana Correspondence Course
  • 2017 Long-list Contemporary British Painting Prize
  • 2016 Porthmeor Studio, residency
  • 2016 Visual Arts South West mentoring programme (with PSU)
  • 2015 Newlyn School of Art, Mentoring Programme
  • 2014 Devon Artist Network/Open Studio Emerging Artist Award
  • 2014 Gane Trust award
  • 2013 Double Elephant Print Workshop Contemporary Artist Bursary Award
  • 1991 Graduated Brighton College of Art

Reviews

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 at South London Gallery, by Artlyst here

Statement

My themes include gender, patriarchy, societal and cultural power. I reference Western art history, celebrity and popular culture. Subjects include well-known artists, swimmers, smokers, pop fans, pop stars and women at work.

I use different languages of depiction and forms of representation to show simultaneous realities coexisting within a presented narrative. In a series of paintings called Play I explore identity and male sensuality through depictions of alfresco recreational activities such as swimming.

In The Sphinx series I investigate rivalry and charisma by looking at the friendship between Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti in the context of a Parisian brothel. I paint scenarios that allow me to imagine freely their behaviour; focusing on their battle between the void and the demands of the flesh. I hypothesise that there was an uneasy tension between Beckett and Giacometti that they competed for the affection of the same woman and were challenged by each other’s perceived prowess. I envisage mask wearing, partner swapping and orgies fuelled by insecurity and rivalry. I frequently paint the post conquest cigarette. I aim to subvert the brothel genre through shifts in emphasis and humour. The paintings are intimate in scale.

In her installation of paintings, The Sphinx (2018), Janet Sainsbury spies on the post-war indulgences and encounters between these great modernist thinkers, and surveys their proximity, their insecurities and their virile competition. Loose marks over the canvases give the imagined narrative room to unfold and make space for limbs to flail. (Bob Gelsthorpe, Od Arts Festival, 2018)

Drawing is an important part of my practice. I use observational drawing as a tool to record and develop technique; I draw from my imagination and memory to develop ideas and experiment.

Smokers – a series of small portraits, using photographs of Hollywood movie stars smoking as my source material. By focussing on the different ways smoking is used to create an image, I look at themes of patriarchy, celebrity and glamour. The different ways a cigarette is held can express mystery, toughness or cool.  Pipes convey authority and gravitas, cigars mean wealth and power and a cigarette holder symbolises sophistication and class.

Pop – paintings celebrating pop music and pop fans. These portraits are of pop stars and fans that reflect my personal tastes and influences from the 1980/90’s. The paintings, which are on wooden panels and LP-sized card, were displayed in Oxfam Music Shop window.

I am a member of Preston Street Union, an artist-led group that works together on collective projects. Recent events include GALLERIES R US, an itinerent, modular art space worn by the group at various points in Exeter city centre, featuring five minute micro artist residencies. We have been commissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter during 2019 to create two new pieces of work.

 

 

 

 

 

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