Painted Surface will showcase a selection of work by contemporary painters from across the world that expand the definition of painting. A variety of approaches, from experimenting with the medium of paint and canvas to pushing painting in and out of the frame, offer an unusual perspective on what constitutes contemporary painting in a world of prominent and diversified visual culture.
Chosen from more than a hundred submissions, the selected work explores and subverts the traditions of painting. Painted Surface will feature the monumental portraits of Fatma Ummanel, an illuminated landscape triptych by Julian Rowe, and a huge experiential seascape by Anthony Cooke. The exhibition will challenge the viewer's preconceived ideas of painting.
The opening night will feature a performance, Black Square, by one of the selected artists -Kimvi Nguyen. Kimvi was recently awarded Artist in Residence on Kronstadt (Kotlin Island) by the The Ministry of Culture Of The Russian Federation - National Centre For Contemporary Arts.
A solo exhibition will be awarded to one of the artists in Painted Surface by the artist and curator Diana Ali.
Painted Surface will launch in conjunction with Summer Cinema – a two-day event featuring artist films and videos in Surface Gallery's upstairs project space.