You Can’t Tell By Looking

4 Oct 2019 – 2 Nov 2019

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

Tension Fine Art

England, United Kingdom


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You Can’t Tell By Looking is a group show with Mark Wallinger, Stuart Elliot & Julian Lowe.


We are truly thrilled to announce our first group show at @tensionfineart with Mark Wallinger, Stuart Elliot & Julian Lowe, curated by Kate Love.    

Mark Wallinger won the Turner prize in 2007 with his installation State Britain. His sculpture Ecce Homo (1999-2000) was the first installed on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth 

Stuart Elliot lives and works in London. His practice revolves around the basic activities and gestures of painting; coherence and repetition, and how these relate to broader questions of agency and interpretation. He is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies at Central Saint Martins.      

Julian Lowe lives & works in SE London, he attended Derby College of Art between 1974-1975 and Chelsea School of Art between 1975-1978. His portfolio work life has encompassed illustration, murals, paint finishes, painting and architectural photography.                                                    

“You Can’t Tell By Looking”

How do you finish a painting? As an artist do you merely abandon a painting or do you wait and carry on working until the painting ‘looks right’? That catch-all phrase beloved of artists who are pushing meaning around without ever really being able to spell out directly or succinctly why a gesture or a swipe of paint seems to work where it is.

What is the most significant factor when finishing a painting – the rightness, the importance of the mark, the painting ‘facility’ or the rightness of what the painting might be ‘of’?

Curated by Kate Love who has taught Critical Theory in art schools for 34 years. Kate has been joint head of Critical Studies at Central Saint Martins on the BA Fine Art course since 2006 and also taught theories around writing as an art practice on the MA Fine Art course at Central since 1999.


Kate Love

Exhibiting artists

Stuart Elliot

Julian Lowe

Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger


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