Collection of Small Paintings

4 Feb 2015 – 22 Feb 2015

Event times

Wednesday - Saturday 11am- 6pm, Sunday 11-4pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Cost of entry

Free admission and all welcome

Space W10

London, United Kingdom


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The Contemporary London & Space W10 present Collection of Small Paintings, which bring together the work of 20 contemporary painters. Taking the tradition and history of Miniatures and Cabinet Painting as its starting point, each artist was invited to create a piece of work no larger than 30 x 30 cm.


The show includes new and recent works by Vasilis Avramidis, Adam Dix, Ernesto Canovas, Geoff Diego Litherland, David Wightman, Emma Bennett, John Stark, Dolly Thompsett, Lindsey Bull, Mary Wintour, Eleanor Watson, Nicole Cuson, Hyojun Hyun, Tom Waring, Ilona Kiss, Alexandra Sinopoulou, Elysia Byrd, Chloe Manasseh to name a few. 

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. 

Information & RSVP: info@thecontemporarylondon.com

Address: Space W10 591-593 Harrow Road, London W10 4RA

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


The Contemporary London

Michelle Medjeral-Thomas

Exhibiting artists

Ilona Kiss

Mary Wintour

Vasilis Avramidis

David Wightman

Ernesto Canovas

Tom Waring

Eleanor Watson

John Stark

Dolly Thompsett

Hyojun Hyun

Geoff Diego Litherland

Alexandra Sinopoulou

Emma Bennett

Lindsey Bull

Adam Dix

Chloe Manasseh

Nicole Cuson

Elysia Byrd


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