Tree of Lives

11 Oct 2019 – 2 Nov 2019

Regular hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Barbican Arts Group Trust

London, United Kingdom


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Working alongside in watercolour-on-paper within a fifteen-foot high stairwell, three painters of different generations have been improvising for five days a complex, enigmatic image.


Taking the Tree of Life as an archetype across the centuries – a structure from which might be suspended anything and everything – we each took our separate zones; leaving a central one in which we could overlap. Spinning out figures and forms in the process of making our “multiverse”, our premise was Play. But a shared London was part of it; and each of us hoped to release some imagery that told of our gendered, day to day, and specific lives.

Perienne Christian works across the boundaries of observation, dream and imagination. Her current work looks at the connections between landscape -including everyday medicinal weeds and their folklore - and the role of the feminine. Scale and perspectives are not literal in the work. The space she aims to create reflects that described by Blaise Pascal; ‘an infinite space whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.’ There are no obvious narratives; rather something circular that has no beginning and no ending. Despite multiple viewpoints, the works carry stories, which the viewer can interpret for themselves.

Perienne teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London, where she completed her masters diploma in 2007. Her work is held in private and public collections internationally.

Upcoming shows include ‘Uneasy’ a two-woman show with Amelia Power as part of Deptford X festival, and ‘Purslane Peas and Bladderwrack - at the Peter Pears gallery - as part of the 2019 poetry in Aldeburgh Festival. She will be in conversation about her work, with artist John Crossley at Gallery East in Woodbridge Suffolk on the 12th of October.

www.periennechristian.co.uk / @periennechristian

Luci Eyers studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art where she was awarded the Henriques Scholarship. She went on to forge a career in media arts and during this time took part in residencies and performances at the ICA and the Baltic (Newcastle) and received Arts Council funding to commission new work by artists using technology. In 2006 she co-curated a London-wide media arts festival called Node.London. In 2012 she was accepted as one of the first students to join the Turps Studio postgraduate painting programme. She currently lives and paints in London.

www.lucieyers.org.uk / @lucieyerspainting

Timothy Hyman was trained as a painter at the Slade; as well as ten London solo shows, he has exhibited widely and his work is in many public collection. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2011. He has taught and lectured at many galleries and art schools and was lead curator for the Tate’s Stanley Spencer retrospective. As a writer, his most recent book is THE WORLD NEW MADE; Figurative Painting in the Twentieth Century (Thames & Hudson).

www.timothyhyman.net / @timothy_hyman

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Timothy Hyman

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Perienne Christian

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Luci Eyers

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