Will We Remember Volcanoes - By Alison Pilkington

12 Jun 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

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Monday to Friday : 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

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Westminster Reference Library

England, United Kingdom

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  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square

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Alison Pilkington presents a series of paintings that explore the idea of nature in decay or decline.


The paintings could be described as quasi- figurative. Her imagery invites anthropomorphic interpretations. Birds, animals and hybrid figures are alluded to. She is interested in creating a space for the viewer to build their own narratives from the work. She takes an intuitive, direct approach to image making through painting that explores the sensual qualities of the medium. Within the work there is a tacit commitment to the power of visual expression.

 The ambiguity of one’s inner world is also suggested. Also the importance of the act of looking and in return, how the viewer might be provoked into thinking and the connection between thoughts and images. According to the American philosopher John Dewey the essentials to thinking are to ‘maintain an attitude of suspended conclusion, a state of doubt, and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry’. [1]

The title of the show refers poetically to this process of looking and thinking and how this might happen through painting.  In remembering, we try to visually re- construct what is lost.  These paintings explore how the power of the visual might also reconstruct what is lost.

Alison Pilkington completed a practice led PhD in painting at National College Art and Design Dublin awarded in 2015.

In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London, She has been selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London 2012 and 2016. She was shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013). She was 3rd prizewinner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.

Recent exhibitions include: Strangelands, Collyer Bristow Gallery London, June 2017, Slippery and Amorphous, Marylebone Crypt Gallery & Sluice at Art Helix, New York. (2016), Attitude Precedes Form Curated by Hilary Murray, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin (2017). Royal Academy Summer Show London (2016) U-turn Curated by Maryisia Wieckiewicz -Carrol, The Library Project , Temple Bar, Dublin (2015).Autocatalytic Future Games – No Format Gallery, London (2015).


[1] John Dewey, How We Think, p.13 (2012)

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