Desire is a special kind of hunger whether it manifests as lust, resentment, sudden infatuation, dependency or heartache. It is responsible for some of our greatest states of bliss and our deepest conflicts. The title Desire Lines refers to a path trodden by human traffic and can here also be considered in regards to the formal aspects of the exhibited works. This show consists of paintings that explore desires’ varied and beaten tracks.
Elinor Stanley (b.1992) lives and works in London. Recent shows include; Strong Currents, Botany Bay, With Kin, Manor Farm, Dorset, June, Set Space, London, Pendolino, Glasgow New Society, Hedging, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, MONO, URG3L, Madrid, GLaEDS, Blip Blip Blip Gallery, Leeds. In 2016 she received the HAL20 scholarship and was artist in residence at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow. In 2018 she was selected for Chisenhale Art Place’s Into the Wild program and is currently an associate of Open School East, Margate.
Leo Arnold (b.1993) lives and works in London. Notable shows include; Art Cabinets, Stua, Madrid, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?, J Hammond Projects, New Scottish Artists, DRAF, London, RSA New Contemporaries, The Mound - Royal Scottish Academy Galleries. He has been awarded the De Ateliers Residency, 2018 – 2020, RSA Carnegie Scholarship for Painting 2016, RSA New Contemporaries Selected Artist 2016, The Steven Campbell Hunt Medal 2015 and was shortlisted for the BSR Sainsbury Scholarship 2018-19 and BSR Abbey Scholarship 2017-18.
There will be a workshop taking particular inspiration from Degas’ nocturnal monoprints which are potent and ominous with desire. Participants will be taught a range of monoprinting techniques and methods, all of them completing at least one artwork in the session. This will take place on the afternoon of Saturday the 4th at 2-4pm.