Private View: Wednesday 4th February 6.30-8.30pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 5th February- Sunday 22nd February 2015
Collection of Small Paintings brings together the work of 20 contemporary painters. The show includes new and recent works by Vasilis Avramidis, Adam Dix, Ernesto Canovas, Geoff Diego Litherland, David Wightman, Emma Bennett, John Stark, Jonny Green, Dolly Thompsett, Reginal Aloysius, Lindsey Bull, Mary Wintour, Eleanor Watson, Nicole Sy Coson, Hyojun Hyun, Tom Waring, Ilona Kiss, Alexandra Sinopoulou, Elysia Byrd and Chloe Manasseh.
The concept of the exhibition stems from the history and tradition of Miniatures and small Cabinet paintings. From the 15th Century, Cabinet paintings were small paintings collected by the wealthy, traditionally showing full-length figures at a small scale kept in a cabinet, a small and private room, to which only those with whom they were on intimate terms with could be admitted. Miniature artworks would decorate and illustrate hand-written books ('Minaire' to colour with red lead, a practise used for the capital letters in old books). 16-18th Century portrait miniatures were popularly used in the arrangement of noble marriages, to show royal allegiance, for private worship, as items of wealth depicting luxury goods, or as mementos of loved ones carried by soldiers or sailors. These small works have a rich tradition and prevalence in a larger collective art history but within this, the works are intimately bound to individuals, marked by intimate viewing pleasure and the personal relationship between object and viewer. A collection of Small Paintings takes this tradition as its startiong point and asks each artist to reinterpret it within the context of their practice.
Space W10 is ideally located in North Kensington, a short walk from Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations on the junction of Harrow Road and Ladbroke Grove. We are also well connected to many bus routes and within close proximity to Ladbroke Grove station and the historic and bustling Portobello Road.
Tube: Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line) -8 minute walk, Ladbroke Grove (Circle, Hammersmith & City Line)- 15 minute walk, Queens Park (Bakerloo Line) 17 minute walk, Westbourne Park (Circle, Hammersmith & City Line) 18 minute walk.
Overground: Kensal Rise- 10 minute walk
Bus: 18, 23, 28, 52, 70, 228, 295, 316, 452
Dix’s paintings explore associations between communication technology and our desire to communicate. His exploration into Society’s response and subsequent personification of these devices of modern communication describe how we relate to and comprehend technology on a humanistic level, whilst referring to other constructed ‘belief systems’ that foster a similar dual sense of connectivity and community. Dix recieved his MA Fine Art Wimbledon College of Art (2009) and has exhibited extensively internationally since working with UK gallerys and institutions such as Christies, Haunch of Venison, Sumaria Lunn, Charlie Smith Gallery and internationally in Munich, Dubai, Anthens and Paris, . Dix was recently featured in '100 painters of Tomorrow' , Thames & Hudson, 2014 and was shortlisted for the Caitlin Guide 2010. His works has been included in the following collections: Fatima Maleki, Anita Zabludowicz for 176 Gallery, Alasdhair Willis @ Established and Sons Ltd, Royal Collection of Monaco, University of the Arts London and other private collections. Dix lives and works in London.