Friday, October 30, 2015

Contemporary British Painting Group Show

I am very pleased to announce that I am showing a piece of work in the forthcoming Contemporary British Painting Group Show, alongside an incredible line up of 33 artists:

Ehryn Torrell | Sean Williams | Nicholas Middleton | Alex Hanna
Natalie Dowse | Day Bowman | Susie Hamilton | Lisa Denyer | Pen Dalton
Julie Umerle | Ruth Calland | Wendy Saunders | Claudia Böse | Enzo Marra
Sam Douglas | Marguerite Horner | Sue Kennington | Katherine Russell | Ruth Philo
David Sullivan | Julian Brown | Wayne Clough | Matthew Krishanu | Freya Purdue
Lee Maelzer | Linda Ingham | Greg Rook | James Quin | Alison Pilkington |
Gideon Pain | Susan Gunn | Barbara Pierson | Simon Burton

3 November 2015 ‐ 2 January 2016
Monday ‐ Friday 9 ‐ 5, Saturday 9 ‐ 4, closed Sunday
The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age Publication

A new publication is available to accompany the forthcoming exhibition Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age.

The catalogue is edited, composited and designed by Robert Priseman, with essays by Robert Priseman, Sophie Cummings and Paul O'Kane, complete with images and biographies of all the artists.

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age is a group exhibition featuring the work of eleven contemporary painters: Nathan Eastwood, Natalie Dowse, Nicholas Middleton, Alex Hanna, David Sullivan, Katherine Russell, Robert Priseman, Wayne Clough, Barbara Howey, Lee Maelzer and Wendy Saunders.

You can view the full catalogue online here.

Alternatively you can purchase a hard copy from Amazon.

Exhibition: 2nd - 31st March 2015
St Marylebone Crypt, London

Other recent Publications:

Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting. 
2015 Catalogue.

The catalogue by Robert Priseman, features the work of over 40 contemporary painters.

You can view and download an online copy here.

Alternatively you can purchase a hard copy from Amazon.

A catalogue to accompany and celebrate the Priseman-Seabrook Collection, first exhibited at Huddersfield Art Gallery. See further information re the collection here.

@PaintBritain by Simon Carter

A catalogue of 45 contemporary painters to accompany the @PaintBritain exhibition at Ipswich Art School Gallery, from 15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015.

Available to buy at Amazon.

Many thanks to Robert Priseman, Founder and Simon Carter, Chairman of Contemporary British Painting.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Forthcoming Exhibition: Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age

I am pleased to announce that two of my recent paintings will be included in this group exhibition curated by Robert Priseman throughout March 2015.

Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age

Curated by Robert Priseman this new exhibition explores how contemporary artists are utilising painting traditions of the past to ask challenging questions about the social realities of the 21st century.

Participating Artists: Nathan Eastwood, Natalie Dowse, Nick Middleton, Alex Hanna, David Sullivan, Katherine Russell, Robert Priseman, Wayne Clough, Barbara Howey, Lee Maelzer and Wendy Saunders.

Preview: Friday 6th March 2015, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition Dates: 2nd to 31st March 2015
Venue: St Marylebone Crypt, 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT
Open: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday


In Conversation Event:
Saturday 7th March - 2-4pm
Hosted by: Robert Priseman and Nathan Eastwood
Speakers: Robert Priseman & Paul O'Kane

View the 'In Conversation' PRESS RELEASE

Monday, November 17, 2014

Photographs from '@PaintBritain', Ipswich Art School Gallery

The '@PaintBritain' exhibition opened on Saturday 15th November at Ipswich Art School Gallery. The exhibition of contemporary British painting by 45 artists from across the UK runs until 8th March 2015.

Both '@PaintBritain' (Ipswich) and 'Contemporary British Painting' (currently on show at Huddersfield Art Gallery) are a result of the vision, hard work and energy of artists and curators Robert Priseman and Simon Carter (also the Founder and Chair, respectively, of Contemporary British Painting). Thank you Robert and Simon.

Photographs: Simon Carter.

Harvey Taylor (left), Marguerite Horner (right x 2)

David Sullivan (left x 2), Simon Burton (right)

Natalie Dowse (left x 2), Linda Ingram (middle x 2). Katherine Russell (right)

Julian Brown (left), Susan Gunn (middle), Lisa Denyer (right x 2)

Nick Middleton (left x 2) Amanda Ansell (middle), Kirsty O'Leary-Leeson (right)

Mary Webb (centre), Wendy Elia (right)

@PaintBritain: 15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Ipswich Art School Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

@PaintBritain exhibition, Ipswich Art School Gallery

Opens 15th November 2014 to 8th March 2015

Contemporary British Painting presents '@PaintBritain' a new exhibition of contemporary British painting by 45 artists from across the UK.

15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Ipswich Art School Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays)

Below is a complete list of contributing artists: 

David Ainley, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Julian  Brown, Simon Burton, Simon Carter, Jules Clarke, Ben Cove, Andrew Crane, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Sam Douglas, Annabel Dover, Natalie Dowse, Wendy Elia, Fiona Eastwood, Nathan Eastwood, Paul Galyer, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Linda Ingham, Sue Kennington, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Monica Metsers, Nick Middleton, Andrew Munoz, Stephen Newton, Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson, Gideon Pain, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Robert Priseman, Freya Purdue, Greg Rook, Katherine Russell, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Judith Tucker, Julie Umerle, Mary Webb, Sean Williams.

Contemporary British Painting: Priseman-Seabrook Collection opening, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Yesterday saw the opening of Contemporary British Painting: Priseman-Seabrook Collection at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Here are a few images from the exhibition:

Exhibition poster featuring a painting by Matthew Krishanu 
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Installation view

Robert Priseman speaking at the opening
Installation view

Contemporary British Painting
The Priseman-Seabrook Collection

Exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015


My paintings 'Olga 1, 2 3' are included in this collection. Oil on canvas, 30.5 cm x 22.5cm each.

Olga 1, 2, 3

About this work:

Olga 1, 2, 3 is part of a larger series entitled Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, that focuses on gymnasts from the 1970s and 80s; a time when Eastern Bloc countries dominated the sport and used it to showcase their political agenda. This was a golden age in the sport, a period when gymnastics became increasingly popular in the UK, mainly due to the impish superstars who won the hearts and minds of their audience.

Like film stars immortalised in celluloid, these romanticised images of young ‘super beings’ tap into a fantasy of perfection, capturing an essence of a time, which beyond the imagery has many different facets from the personal and nostalgic to the political. These young athletes remain encapsulated and unchanged, forever young and haunting in our memories.

However, behind the façade of rehearsed expressions and conditioned routines is the reality of rigorous hard work, lost childhood and the aching bodies of these young women; alongside the fear of injury and the pressure to remain pre-pubescent and child-like, for a somewhat fleeting moment of perfection.

These paintings highlight the ‘in between’ moments rather than the routines themselves, depicting the gymnasts nervously waiting in the sidelines, anticipating their score, the joy of celebrating the perfect performance, or the anguish and disappointment of their mistakes. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Exhibition Press Release: Contemporary British Painting - The Priseman-Seabrook Collection

I'm included in this exhibition - opens Saturday 1st November 2014.

Press Release:
Contemporary British Painting
The Priseman-Seabrook Collection

Exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

What’s happening in British painting today?

In 2012 Robert Priseman set out to see if painting in Britain really was dead, as many cultural commentators have proclaimed. With the rise of video, installation and new media art, it seemed as though painting as a viable means of human expression has been completely wiped off the agenda. Yet this it turns out, is very definitely not the case.

A British born artist himself, Robert Priseman has paintings in many international art collections, from the V&A in London to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, and in 2012 he set out on a mission to unearth and collect some of the most exciting painting being produced in the United Kingdom today. This has now formed the foundation of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

In his quest, Robert discovered there is a growing, dynamic and vibrant painting scene happening right around the country, right now - with many serious artists working out of garages, spare bedrooms and garden studios. This new generation of British painters are creating artistic networks outside the old establishment structures of the Tate and Arts Council by using Twitter and Facebook. They are forging active critical connections from the ground up, creating forums for discussing painting such as Abstract Critical, Paint Club and Turps Banana, as well as many artist-led exhibition spaces like the Lion and Lamb, Studio 1.1, The Transition Gallery and Pluspace.

Using painting they’re asking questions such as: How do we feel about our country in the light of our past conflicts? What do our engagements with the Middle East reveal about ourselves? And does the mass-media provide a true mirror to our humanity? In their work we see a sustained interest in the advancement of abstract painting, responses to the landscape connected to environmental issues and the development of a new kind of non-specific representational narrative painting. This new realism draws largely from photographic sources obtained via the internet, television, cell phones, newspapers and family albums.

Artists represented in this new collection, which is on display for the very first time at Huddersfield Art Gallery include the Sovereign European Art Prize winner Susan Gunn, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Artslant Prize winner Alison Pilkington, Wyss Foundation Painting Prize winner Harvey Taylor, Birtle Prize for Painting winner Simon Burton, Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner and East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood.


For further information and high resolution images, please contact Grant Scanlan (Senior Curator) on 01484 223807 or 0752 898 8862.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Contemporary British Painting from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection at Huddersfield Art Gallery

I'm pleased to be part of this forthcoming exhibition:

Contemporary British Painting from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection

1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

Artists include:
Alison Pilkington, Iain Andrews, Paul Galyer, Jemima Watts, Monica Metsers, Annabel Dover, Andrew Munoz, James Quin, Lisa Denyer, Amanda Ansell, Fiona Eastwood, Been Head, Carter, Barbara Howey, Gideon Pain, Matthew Krishanu, Anne-Marie Kolthammer, Kelly Jayne, Wendy Elia, Silvie Jacob, Linda Ingham, Natalie Dowse, David Sullivan, Susannah Douglas, Greg Rook, Judy Tucker, Katherine Russell, Jules Clarke, Nicholas Middleton, Nathan Eastwood, Alex Hanna, Stephen Newton, Pen Dalton, Susan Gunn, David Ainley, Claudia Boese, Terry Greene, Julian Brown, Sue Kennington, Ben Cove, Andrew Crane, Bryan Lavelle, Mary Webb, Ruth Philo, Freya Purdue, Julie Umerle, Kirsty O’Leary Lesson, Marguerite Horner, Harvey Taylor, Sam Douglas, Robert Priseman, Sean Williams

Huddersfield Art Gallery
Princess Alexandra Walk

The Priseman-Seabrook Collection highlights work produced by artists practising in Britain in the 21st Century. The first showing of the collection will be at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Artists' Statement Generator

Dear Artists,

Are you having trouble with your artist's statement? No worries.... fear not. A few days ago tried this statement generator:

I know there are many around - but this one seemed fairly comprehensive!! Maybe give it a go to cure that writers block? Or simply for some fun whist you're scratching your head!!

WARNING: there will only be a limited amount of outcomes (I can't say how many as my Maths isn't good enough and I've long forgotten how to work out probability - something to do with hairpins!) but you could end up with exactly the same statement as many others. Best not use it for any prestigious exhibitions or publications then!

Here's mine:
"Natalie Dowse makes paintings and drawings. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Dowse investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, she makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

Her works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ghost (stitched)

Ghost (stitched), 2014
Cross-stitch on fabric
10.8cm x 13.2cm

Monday, September 8, 2014

Two forthcoming exhibitions: 'Contemporary British Painting' and '@PaintBritain'

I am delighted to announce that I am exhibiting in the following two group exhibitions:

'Contemporary British Painting' at Huddersfield Art Gallery:

1st November 2014 - 14th March 2015
Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

This exhibition will showcase the Priseman-Seabrook Collection for the first time. The Priseman-Seabrook Collection of painting highlights work produced by artists practicing in Britain in the 21st Century, and comprises of over 60 works.

Road 10 & 11 (going home), 2012 - oil on panel

'@Paint Britain' at Ipswich Art School Gallery:

15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Ipswich Art School Gallery, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, 1 Upper High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH

@PaintBritain includes the work of 36 artists:
David Ainley, Julian Brown, Simon Carter, Ben Cove, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Sam Douglas, Annabel Dover, Natalie Dowse, Wendy Elia, Paul Galyer, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Linda Ingham, Sue Kennington, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Monica Metsers, Nick Middleton, Andrew Munoz, Stephen Newton, Gideon Pain, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Robert Priseman, Freya Purdue, Katherine Russell, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Judy Tucker, Julie Umerle, Mary Webb, Sean Williams.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Priseman-Seabrook Collection

I am very pleased to announce that my paintings Olga 1, 2 ,3 are now part of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection.

The Priseman-Seabrook Collection of painting highlights work produced by artists practicing in Britain in the 21st Century.

Evolving from the work of these artists is a new 21st century aesthetic that has a particular resonance; a painting pursued as a singular activity experienced uniquely by each artist within the context of their own social networks and interactions.

Olga 1, 2, 3 - oil on canvas

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Catching up and Close Encounters

I have at long last been able to update and freshen up this blog. It's been a long time coming!

Here are a few images from the Driver & Dowse: Close Encounters exhibition at GASP that took place at the end of May this year.

Triptych and Closer - oil on canvas

Evie x 4 - oil on MDF
Evie x 17 - oil on MDF
Collaboration: Jeannie Driver & Natalie Dowse - mixed media

Exhibition text:
Driver & Dowse: Close Encounters
Departing from Platform 1 on the 10:54...

Jeannie Driver and Natalie Dowse reveal work made in response 
to their joint visits to London exhibitions.

Friends and colleagues Jeannie Driver and Natalie Dowse have shared connecting studios for two years at Art Space Portsmouth. Although their practices and methodologies manifest in different ways, through their working relationship they have explored commonalities in their work, and importantly, an awareness of the significance of process and repetition, and issues that often engage them in conversation in the studio.

The artists regularly take trips to London together, visiting exhibitions and enjoying the debates, issues and questions that arise.

The idea for this exhibition first ignited from one particular 10:54am trip, with the first destination being White Cube in Bermondsey: Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.

This exhibition celebrated, revealed and focussed on the developmental stages of Close’s works, through the processes of printmaking, tapestry, paper pulp images and paintings shown in succession - often in various different stages - or with repeated imagery, alongside a film documenting processes in Close’s studio. This engaged Driver and Dowse in a long conversation on the train journey home.

‘In my art, I deconstruct and then I reconstruct, so visual perception is one of my primary interests.’ Chuck Close

The works in the exhibition are not collaborative, but are linked by this inspiration. As a result of the dialogue which subsequently developed, the artists compiled a lexicon that relates to both of their practices, and which provides a framework for this exhibition. The works presented together for the first time, in one space, enable the viewer and the artists to draw connections and disconnections between their work and practices. 

Jeannie’s series of works celebrate the ‘gallery’ as a space for the activity of looking: of passive interaction, a space that presents artworks to inspire cerebral activity and visual delight. The Saatchi Gallery, Wilkinsons and White Cube all present themselves as public spaces with their monumental scale. The aesthetics of the architecture is seductive, the banality of white walls and neutral floors hold in themselves the idea of possibility. Photographing artworks and exhibitions appears to be controversial; on the one hand, a public gallery in the UK may not allow any photography, but on the other, it may be possible to photograph the same artist’s work in commercial galleries, art fairs and even institutional galleries abroad. Jeannie is interested in these dichotomies and her work engages in the current debates of authorship and copyright. 

Jeannie’s artworks in this exhibition have been created from photographs taken in commercial galleries. The gallery space, artworks and audience members are shredded and layered in the studio to create new works that encourage the viewer to consider the act of viewing and their role in the gallery itself. 

Natalie presents a series of paintings where she has used the same ‘selfie’ portrait of a family member. This repeated motif is constructed in a variety of different ways. She has utilised the pixel as a painting device, with various levels of detail or ‘resolution’ that relate directly to the digital photograph, and this, and repetition of process, are also reflected by her use of cross-stitch. She has also made a series of 29 small portraits that start with this same primary source and takes it through a spectrum of reworking to the point where, in some cases, the image becomes almost completely obliterated.

Natalie has repeated and re-created this motif, re-visiting, developing and degrading this one image, to a stage where a single photograph suggests new, multiple personas.

Monday, May 19, 2014

DRIVER & DOWSE: Close Encounters

I am delighted to announce that I am exhibiting my work with fellow artist and friend Jeannie Driver, in this forthcoming show that opens on Friday.

DRIVER & DOWSE: Close Encounters
at GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, Southsea, Hants. PO5 4PA

Departing from Platform 1 on the 10.54...

Jeannie Driver and Natalie Dowse reveal work made in response to their joint visits to London exhibitions.

Preview: Friday 23rd May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Also open: Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday (bank holiday) 26th May,
1.00pm - 4.00pm

Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th May, 3.00pm - 6.00pm.
All other times by appointment only.


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