Curators Julian Page and Joanna Bryant seek to offer an alternative and thoughtful approach to Gill’s photographs, whose practice, established over a number of years in Hackney, East London, continues to surprise. By placing these works alongside prints by Peter Doig, with their haunting and mysterious evocation of place, sculptures by Katja Larsson and painting constructions by Ruth Solomons, whose practices are both dependent on the experimental, Digging Deeper not only references links in the intent and the processes between these four artists, it also attempts to offer deeper insights into the seemingly familiar.
Stephen Gill will be in attendance at the gallery for a book signing, Wednesday November 4th, 4-6pm
A new fundraising print by Stephen Gill, from his series Talking to Ants, is for sale during the show. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to help people in great need & will be donated to the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis appeal.
Julian Page and Joanna Bryant are independent art curators and dealers, supporting emerging and established contemporary artists and working together to hold exhibitions that reveal surprising dialogues through the process of collaboration.
Peter Doig is one of the most renowned living painters and the most expensive living British artist at auction, recently eclipsing Damien Hirst.
His painting Cabin Essence at Christie’s is set to be the star attraction of London’s Frieze Week contemporary auctions. A peripatetic childhood in Scotland, Trinidad and Canada was followed by art school stints at Wimbledon, St Martin’s & Chelsea. An invitation to an artist residency in Trinidad in 2000 led Doig and his friend and fellow painter Chris Ofili to emigrate shortly after. The works in Digging Deeper reflect the artist’s response to this cultural and geographical shift.
Stephen Gill’s works span across experimental, conceptual and documentary photography, but all with one aim: an attempt “to evoke the spirit of a place.” Increasingly, he cedes control of the final image to the subject of the image itself, as can be seen in Digging Deeper and images from Hackney Flowers, Buried, Talking to Ants & Best Before End. Stephen’s photographs are held in various private and public collections, including Tate, London’s National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and have also been exhibited at many international galleries and museums, including a recent large solo retrospective at Foam Fotografie Museum Amsterdam.