...It goes without saying that painting is a time-based medium. Not simply in the studio-based actions which constitute its making, and the material record of these actions (which become its surface). Nor is it in the sense that the paint-matter that embodies the trace of these actions is itself incrementally in flux, tending slowly toward the same dust that all matter eventually becomes. But painting is time-based because of the relationship it insists upon with the person looking at it. While it is (often) perfectly possible to take-in the full expanse of a painting in one glance, only when looking at the poorest painting is that ever sufficient. No, painting’s essential mechanics (composition, colour relations, dynamic forms, line and field, fast and slow marks, figure and ground, etc) mean that the looker’s eye wanders in and out, around and across a painted surface repeatedly, continually nuancing the way that painting is understood.
This movement-in-time, so integral to painting, is sort by Kossoff and Hallum from the very start in the dynamism of their chosen subjects as if to re-state painting’s inability to be remain static. Through their processes as well as in their resultant works, everything is in constant change... read more on our website
Jacqui Hallum was educated at Coventry School of Art (BA Fine Art) and The Slade (MFA Painting) and lives and works in Totnes, Devon. In 2018 Jacqui was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Selected group exhibitions include Nightswimming, Mission Gallery, Swansea (2018); In this soup we swim, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2016); Uncommon Chemistry, Observer Bld, Hastings (2016); Natural Staking (with Tamara Van San), Standpoint, London (2015); I Cheer a Dead Man's Sweetheart: 21 Painters in Britain, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (2014); April is the cruellest month, breeding, LIDO, St Leonards-on-Sea (2011). Between 2003 and 2005 Jacqui served on the committee of GENERATORprojects, Dundee and in 2010 she co-founded the peripatetic exhibition project LIDO.
Leon Kossoff (b.1926) lives and works in London. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art, and during this time attended twice weekly evening classes at Borough Polytechnic, London, with David Bomberg. In 1962 Kossoff was elected into the London group, and later represented Britain in the 1995 Venice Biennale. Other major exhibitions include: Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, & L.A. Louver, Venice, California, 2013–14; Leon Kossoff: Drawing from Painting, National Gallery, London, 2004–05, Leon Kossoff: Selected Paintings 1956-2000, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, 2004-05; as well as six solo exhibitions at Beaux Arts Gallery, London, between 1957 and 1964.
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