Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century

7 Jul 2017 – 3 Aug 2017

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9.00am - 5.00pm

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Yantai Art Museum

Shandong, China

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80 paintings from the Priseman Seabrook Collection on display at the Yantai Art Museum, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, China.


Along with the exhibition, six of the exhibiting artists - Marco Cali, Julian Brown, Lucy Cox, Judith Tucker, Freya Purdue and Robert Priseman - will travel to China to talk on the subject of British painting in light of the digital revolution and explore why the hand-made work of art is more relevant today than it has ever been, connecting directly as it does with the profound human need to touch, feel and mediate emotion.

Historically Britain has nurtured some of the world’s greatest painters, from Holbein in the 16th century to Constable and Joseph Wright of Derby in the 18th, Turner and Atkinson Grimshaw in the 19th and Freud, R. B. Kitaj, Rego and Francis Bacon in 20th century. This level of excellence in the art of painting in the British Isles has continued to evolve into the 21st with a new generation of artists who have made the production of significant painting their life’s work. This show will explore these issues and look at how painting’s rising relevance in the 21st century is beautifully aligned with the resurgent growth of interest in vinyl records, knitting, film photography and unplugged music.

The artists exhibiting include: David Ainley,  Iain Andrews,  Amanda Ansell,  Louis Appleby,  Richard Baker,  Karl Bielik,  Claudia Böse,  Day Bowman,  John Brennan,  Julian Brown,  Simon Burton,  Marco Cali,  Ruth Calland,  Emma Cameron,  Simon Carter,  Jules Clarke,  Ben Cove,  Lucy Cox,  Andrew Crane,  Pen Dalton,  Jeffrey Dennis,  Lisa Denyer,  Sam Douglas,  Annabel Dover,  Natalie Dowse,  Fiona Eastwood,  Nathan Eastwood,  Wendy Elia,  Geraint Evans, Lucian Freud,  Paul Galyer, Pippa Gatty, Terry Greene,  Susan Gunn,  Susie Hamilton,  Alex Hanna,  David Hockney,  Marguerite Horner,  Barbara Howey,  Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham,  Matthew Krishanu,  Bryan Lavelle,  Laura Leahy, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax,  Clementine McGaw,  Paula MacArthur,  Lee Maelzer,  David Manley,  Enzo Marra,  Monica Metsers,  Nicholas Middleton,  Andrew Munoz,  Keith Murdoch,  Paul Newman,  Stephen Newton,  Gideon Pain,  Andrew Parkinson,  Mandy Payne,  Charley Peters,  Ruth Philo,  Barbara Pierson,  Alison Pilkington,  Robert Priseman,  Freya Purdue,  Greg Rook,  Katherine Russell, Wendy Saunders,  Stephen Snoddy,  David Sullivan,  Harvey Taylor,  Ehryn Torrell, Delia Tournay-Godfrey,  Judith Tucker,  Julie Umerle , Mary Webb,  Rhonda Whitehead,  Sean Williams,  Fionn Wilson 

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Exhibiting artists

Iain Andrews

Terry Greene

Phil Illingworth

Wendy Elia

David Manley

John Brennan

Karl Bielik

Katherine Russell

Delia Tournay-Godfrey

Richard Baker

Alison Pilkington

Barbara Howey

Monica Metsers

Laura Leahy

Andrew Parkinson

Andrew Litten

Andrew Litten

Pen Dalton

Bryan Lavelle

Stephen Snoddy

Ben Cove

Mandy Payne

Sean Williams

Louis Appleby

Paul Newman

David Sullivan

Freya Purdue

Freya Purdue

Julie Umerle

Clementine McGaw

Alex Hanna

Lee Maelzer

Fionn Wilson

Ehryn Torrell

Greg Rook

Nicholas Middleton

Wendy Saunders

Linda Ingham

Susie Hamilton

Emma Cameron

Simon Carter

Andrew Munoz

Lucy Cox

Enzo Marra

Fiona Eastwood

Barbara Pierson

Andrew Crane

Ruth Philo

Jeffrey Dennis

Claudia Bose

Day Bowman

Geraint Evans

Paula MacArthur

Paula MacArthur

Sam Douglas

Matthew Krishanu

Simon Burton

Stephen Newton

Paul Galyer

Julian Brown

Ruth Calland

Gideon Pain

Mary Webb

Cathy Lomax

Marguerite Horner

Jules Clarke

Lisa Denyer

Rhonda Whitehead

Keith Murdoch

Harvey Taylor

Marco Cali

Natalie Dowse

Judith Tucker

Annabel Dover

Charley Peters

Amanda Ansell

Susan Gunn

David Ainley

Nathan Eastwood

Pippa Gatty


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