Diane Chappalley & Antonia Showering: The present is already gone

12 Apr 2018 – 21 Apr 2018

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Diane Chappalley and Antonia Showering present a joint painting exhibition at Chalton Gallery. Both artists cultivate the generative feeling of experience through the process of painting.


Their works put forward the manipulation of paint and its possibilities while investigating personal histories. The paintings emerge from introspection and become a place where the past is reimagined.

Chappalley's paintings arise from sensory experiences: the synthesis and stimulation of new and past perceptions. The motifs of trees, houses, ducks and trains are used to recreate a space that was once known. Her practice is a continual search in the making; a search guided to reach a sense of familiarity, but one that is not quite possible to pin down. While Chappalley's paintings invite us into an intimate space deprived of the human figure, Showering's paintings are often inhabited.

The people depicted in Showering's half remembered, half imagined landscapes are often family members. Showering's practice blends how she sees the person on the surface with how she views them on an emotional level. She uses the technique of pentimento by layering recollections to try and capture the ephemeral nature of memory.

Both artists use motifs derived from their roots in Switzerland. Coincidently, not only is their heritage in tandem but also their art education; City and Guilds of London Art School followed by the Slade School of Fine Art. The present is already gone emerged from these affiliations, combining their shared interests of landscape and memory continuing their painterly dialogue.

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Born in 1991, Diane Chappalley lives and works in London. Selected group exhibitions include: FBA futures, Mall Gallery, London (2018); Pond, Academy of Visual Art, HKBU, Hong Kong (2017); Slade MA degree show (2017); Lynn Painter- Stainers, Mall Gallery, London (2017); Marmite Prize for painting V, Block 336, London and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland (2016); City and Guilds of London Art School BA show (2015). Residency: Radical Residency, Unit1 Gallery/Workshop (2018); Academy of Visual Art, HKBU, Hong Kong (2017). Awards include: UCL Dean's list (2017); Olive Prize (2017); Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship (2016); Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting (2015).

Born in 1991, Antonia Showering is currently in the final year her MFA at the Slade, London. Selected group exhibitions include: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 (upcoming); Mark Shand's Adventures and Curiosities, Hauser & Wirth, London (2018); Art, Women and the evolution, The Bloomsbury, London (2018); 75 Works on Paper, Beers, London (2017); Great Women Artists, Mother, London (2017); Lynn Painter-Stainers, Mall Galleries, London (2017); Sampler, Arcade Gallery, London (2016); City and Guilds of London Art School BA show, (2016); Art16, London Olympia, London (2016). Upcoming Residency: Palazzo Monti, Italy (2018). Awards include: Chelsea Arts Club Award (2017).

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