AboutBayArt is delighted to show an exhibition of new work, by three exceptional emerging painters, the 2013 Jerwood Painting Fellows: Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling. This exhibition is organised by the Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA).
This is the second edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships, an initiative launched in 2010, designed to provide crucial time and critical support to promising emerging painters in the early stages of their professional practice. The Fellowships offer three artists a bursary of £10,000 coupled with a year-long mentoring relationship of critical and professional development support. Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling were selected from over 300 applications for the outstanding quality and potential of their work, and partnered by the 2013 mentors: Fabian Peake, Marcus Harvey and Mali Morris RA, respectively.
Anthony Faroux's installations are inspired by the imagination of selective memory and how objects can appear to be the residue of past experiences. To achieve this he creates composites of film, sound and painting that piece together the fragments of an image. The small works are exhibited on large panels, collage style, together with a speaker that emits everyday noises and sounds edited to become a musical composition; their small size means the image can be seen in its entirety without any element disappearing into the viewer's peripheral vision.
Susan Sluglett exhibits five large canvases themed on a royal wedding. A triptych, illustrates the aftermath of a raucous night out where a large, swollen foot sticks out of the top of a Georgian column, wrapped in black and yellow hazard tape. Her seemingly frenetic execution is underpinned by slick, tightly controlled compositions, reflecting in paint the same conflicting emotions of the subject matter.
Sophia Starling's work explores the infinite possibilities for abstract painting in three dimensions. Through an endless process of stretching and re-stretching, she wraps long lengths of material around large wooden strains pleating sections of canvas into circles before adding paint. Once dry she begins to partially undo the canvas, revealing a richly coloured contour interrupted by darts of bare canvas that slice through the shape.