Exhibition

Michael Armitage: The Chapel

13 Dec 2017 – 23 Feb 2018

Regular hours

Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 18:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
11:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Free

South London Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • 36,436
  • Oval, Vauxhall

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This solo exhibition by London-based, Kenyan-born artist, Michael Armitage, brings together a new body of work that draws on the chapel-like qualities of the SLG’s main space.

About

Armitage's large-scale paintings explore the ambiguous boundaries between religion, folklore and social consensus, particularly in relation to issues of mental health in East Africa. Referencing historical and contemporary news stories, internet gossip, and the artist’s own experiences of Kenya, the paintings blend dream-like figuration with compositional references to Titian, Gauguin and other masters of Western art history. Painted on Ugandan lubugo bark cloth, the texture and ruptures within this distinctive material are integrated into Armitage’s surreal imagery, the surface beauty of which often belies the disturbing subject matter upon which it is based.

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Exhibiting artists

Michael Armitage

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