Preparing for What
Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
26 April – 22 May 2019
Preparing for What is a group exhibition of new works on paper from six British painters born between 1981 and 1988. These artists form a loose, cable-knit klatch of friends, family, and peers at London art schools over the past fifteen years. The works on display describe the painter’s daily acts: experimentation; repetition; investigation; notation; practice.
At a small scale, Tom Anholt's passion for decoration and the history of mark-making can be satisfied at a joyful, heightened tempo, to be resolved more deliberately, and with the whole body, later on. Nick Goss watercolours are a hotline to the subconscious, a library of moments articulated as quickly as they were glanced in daily life, perhaps to be rediscovered in his large, rich canvases. These works reveal artists who tend to dream and drift, constructing mountains of memories and living on them whenever they can.
Nicholas Hatfull's iPad drawings, exhibited here for the first time, allow for his observations of the natural and constructed world to carry a synthetic, clinical tang that he may then pervert and restore in paint. Jack Burton's works on paper express the intellectuals first step from brain to page, a release of vulnerable, coded and esoteric thoughts about labour and consumption, put into visual form to see whether they translate and may speak to others. The mediated image and the filtered message prove in these artworks to be everyday phenomena and no big deal, the natural lens through which we now receive and communicate information.
Gabriella Boyd’s studies allow her to examine the emotional and psychological effect of gesture and line: the weight of a dying mark; the surrender to absorbency and spread; the fragility of an outline, which demarcates and contains while being infringed upon from both sides. Phil Goss portable paintings are an imperative to be with his subjects, to smell low tide or shuffle train tickets on a tabletop, to feel these moments and to let them dictate the conditions under which they’re captured. Presence is paramount in these works — discovering through doing.
Gabriella Boyd (b. 1988, Glasgow) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2017.
Nick Goss (b. 1981, Bristol) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2009.
Jack Burton (b. 1988, Barry) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2017.
Nicholas Hatfull (b. 1984, Tokyo) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2011.
Phil Goss (b. 1983, Bristol) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2013.
Tom Anholt (b. 1987, London) graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2010.