GRIT: 11 Painters

27 May 2016 – 6 Jun 2016

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Public Opening Friday 27th May 7-10pm

Open 11-6pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday or by appointment (info@mercerchance.co.uk)

Last Day Monday 6th June

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  • Hoxton Overground / Old Street Underground
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Mercer Chance Gallery is proud to present GRIT: 11 Painters, a group show curated by Ben Westley Clarke. Including painters of varying ages and levels of eminence, the exhibition will attempt to highlight the interchangeability of abstraction and figuration in contemporary painting.


“Holed up, caked in paint, burning the candle at both ends; brightly. Surviving and continuing. Not dying. Work made in sheds… warehouses, the corners of bedrooms. At the grindstone. The wreckages and digestive organs of studios. The paint marks, slapped, heaped or scumbled on, clinging to their supports: evidences of activity. Emerging or invisible. No real definition of success or failure, in Art or in Life. Just the daily grind of smudging and muddying colours. Of cooking up figures and stories. 

It continues... In the city or on the edge of a town. The fuzz of the radio in the background… Painting again. Blinkered, selfish behaviour. The image-drenched brain. The foolish, optimistic act. Tragi-comic appetite. Sheer stupidity. Anyone in search of something transient or fleeting, with an easel strapped to their back, is an idiot. Painting is shit. Somehow they persevere.

The true Exhibitionism. Against all odds; in total seriousness… with lung infections, painter’s claw, rough skin from turpentine, electricity bills, battered leather boots; brushes that are clogged. Here’s a thought: Ever since man first scratched deers and buffalo onto rocks with burnt sticks, painting has been an act of celebration. An affirmation of feeling for subjects. Here’s another thought: Painting is an exercise in perpetual defeat. Any work of Art that can be “understood” is the product of journalism – no one knows what they’re looking at. 

Here are 11 painters. Living alongside the buildings, trees and cars… breathing air and fumes, living underneath the moon and clouds. Painting occupies their lives. They keep on going. The paintings aren’t ingratiating; they are real and lived through.”

-Ben Westley Clarke

Exhibiting Artists:

Orlando Mostyn- Owen

Leigh Curtis

Ben Westley Clarke

Michael Broughton

Paul Housley

Billy Childish

Dovile Simonyte

Harry Adams

Humberto Poblete- Bustamente

Steven Allan  

Rae Hicks

Mercer Chance Gallery, 
253 Hoxton St, N15LG



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Ben Westley Clarke

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Dovile Simonyte Paintings

Orlando Mostyn-Owen

Steven Allan

Ben Westley Clarke

Paul Housley

Leigh Curtis

Billy Childish

Rae Hicks

Michael Broughton

Harry Adams

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