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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Jules Clarke

Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn

Pen Dalton

Richard Baker

Marco Cali

Clementine McGaw

Laura Leahy

Charley Peters

Fiona Eastwood

Alex Hanna

Natalie Dowse

Harvey Taylor

Enzo Marra

Annabel Dover

Sean Williams

Jeffrey Dennis

Susie Hamilton

Freya Purdue

Freya Purdue

Lucy Cox

Matthew Krishanu

Katherine Russell

David Ainley

Wendy Saunders

Bryan Lavelle

David Sullivan

Day Bowman

Emma Cameron

Louis Appleby

Andrew Crane

Claudia Bose

Amanda Ansell

Alison Pilkington

David Manley

Andrew Litten

Andrew Litten

Stephen Snoddy

Rhonda Whitehead

Julie Umerle

Ben Cove

Marguerite Horner

Sam Douglas

Ruth Philo

Ruth Philo

Keith Murdoch

Terry Greene

Phil Illingworth

Nicholas Middleton

Lee Maelzer

Paul Galyer

Andrew Munoz

Lisa Denyer

Paula MacArthur

Paula MacArthur

Ruth Calland

Julian Brown

Mary Webb

Greg Rook

Pippa Gatty

Mandy Payne

Wendy Elia

Fionn Wilson

Fionn Wilson

Ehryn Torrell

Nathan Eastwood

Paul Newman

Andrew Parkinson

Simon Burton

Barbara Howey

Judith Tucker

Gideon Pain

Cathy Lomax

Stephen Newton

John Brennan

Linda Ingham

Karl Bielik

Simon Carter

Monica Metsers

Geraint Evans

Barbara Pierson

Iain Andrews

Delia Tournay-Godfrey


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