We hope that you will be able to join us for the Private View of 12@Menier on Tuesday 23rd February 6 – 8.30pm
12@Menier is an exhibition of work by twelve contemporary artists focussing on notions of representation and abstraction and brings together an international group of acclaimed prize-winning painters and sculptors who now live and work in London and the Southeast.
Biographies of featuring artists are below.
The exhibition runs from 22nd – 27th February at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU and the opening hours are Monday 22nd 1-6pm, Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th 11am – 6pm and Saturday 27th 11am – 4.30pm.
Alice Boggis-Rolfe is predominantly a landscape painter, her subject matter stretches from the English countryside to as far afield as Burma. Alice lives and works in London. Since finishing art school she has exhibited widely, group shows include The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Chelsea Arts Club. She had her first solo show at The Coningsby Gallery in London in 2015.
Alice records a personal and distinctive response to the landscape around her rather than a direct representation of what she sees. Undeterred by storms or downpours, which she would argue make the most exciting paintings, she works in oils and, although mostly on site, she has recently started producing large-scale paintings in her studio. Based on earlier studies, these paintings draw on visits to the Cornish coast, the Scottish Highlands and anywhere in between.
Uta Brouet is a sculptor and printmaker, living and working in London. She takes her inspiration from natural material and cast aside working tools, in which she finds anthropomorphic qualities. Through simplification and strengthening of form she aims to reveal the archaic power of simplicity to the viewer.
She is fascinated by the emotional connections we humans make with the everyday objects we use. However she also believes that we may, in our fixation with modern technologies and virtual reality, be designing away the meaningful relationship we have had with simple things. There is something at once both mysterious and familiar about her pieces. They are playful and sensual, but present us with a challenge and a compelling reminder of the presence of poetry in our everyday, physical world.
Uta had a career in publishing, marketing and interior design prior to graduating from Heatherley School of Fine Art (2012). She was awarded the Heatherley Sculpture Prize in the same year. In November 2015 she has won the “Public speaks” Award of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize. Recent exhibitions include: London-Berlin – Contemporary Art by Women at the German Embassy, London; Landscape and Memory, Hewer Street Studios London; The French Art Studio, London.
Camilla Cannon is an oil painter; she attended City College Brighton where she completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Whilst there, she was taught by painter Philip Tyler, who introduced her to the medium of oils. With his encouragement she subsequently went on to train in portraiture at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea, London.
After spending some time painting in France, she has been working from her studio in Sussex, selling work to private collectors and being part of group exhibitions at the Mall Galleries. Camilla teaches regularly, setting up and running the Sussex based New School of Art in 2013, an independent art school which hosts Masterclasses in oil painting with various accomplished artists.
Susanne du Toit is a painter, printmaker, and ceramicist who has exhibited widely and won several awards for her work. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Masters in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking and painting, from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, USA. She has won awards at competitions including the Royal Watercolour Society and the Chichester Open Art Exhibitions, and won the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013.
Roxana Halls is a largely self-taught artist and has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre, now a bingo hall.
She has held several solo exhibitions, including Roxana Halls’ Tingle-Tangle, exhibited at the National Theatre, South Bank, London in 2009 & Shadow Play at Hayhill Gallery, Cork Street, London, in 2011 and her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows both in the U.K. and California, including the National Portrait Gallery’s B.P. Portrait Award, The National Open Art Competition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Discerning Eye, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition, The Hunting Art Prize, The Garrick Milne Prize & Art Moorhouse alongside regular group shows with Beaux Arts, Hayhill & Edgar Modern Galleries, both in Bath and at many London art fairs.
Her work is in many public and private collections in the UK and internationally, including The Discerning Eye Collection, St. Catherine’s College Oxford, the late London Evening Standard art critic Brian Sewell, Bafta Award winning actor Katherine Parkinson & actor Kelly- Anne Lyons. Commissions include Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation and John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor, St. Catherine’s College Oxford.
Sarah Jane Moon is a painter who specialises in portraiture and figurative painting.
She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and also received commendations from both the RP and the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She was awarded the Bulldog Bursary by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2013 and in 2015 the Arts Charitable Trust Award at the New English Art Club annual show.
In 2015 Sarah Jane exhibited her work in the Molly Morpeth Art Awards in New Zealand and in the UK with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Lots Road Group, Gibberd Gallery, New English Art Club and at Piano Nobile Kings Place for the Ruth Borchard Exhibition among others.
Originally from New Zealand, Sarah Jane has lived in Japan, Malaysia, Australia and UK working in education and the arts. She has qualifications in Art Theory and Curatorial Practice as well as a Diploma in Portraiture from The Heatherley School of Fine Art. She is also producing a book that will profile leading contemporary portrait painters in Britain.
Olha Pryymak is a painter focusing on narrative representational painting and portraiture drawn to depicting evocative landscapes or characters suggestive of a story.
Olha studied for her Diploma in Fine Arts at the Lutsk Youth School in Ukraine, and has lived in the UK since 2008 studying short courses at the Royal Drawing School and Central Saint Martins. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the UK including the BP Portrait Award 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery and multiple Royal Academy summer exhibitions. Olha was awarded the Bulldog Bursary in 2013 by The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and a major University commission followed in 2014. I have had a solo show in London earlier this year with the Krilova-Stellfox gallery and she is currently undertaking a year-long residency with the Florence Trust London.
Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco is an Italian painter and printmaker who has been living in London since 1999. Trained in Italy as an illustrator, she soon turned to fine art. Her work has been selected for the BP Portrait Award, the Threadneedle Prize, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition and the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize.
She exhibits regularly in international art fairs and has had solo and group shows in London and Italy. Her work is in private collections in UK, US, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Elizabeth Shields is a London-based artist who studied Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art, as well as Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Heatherley School of Fine Art. In 2013 she was included in the Ruth Borchard permanent collection and has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Shields’ work moves between figurative paintings and still life objects, which together play at a form of nostalgic story telling. Contemplative portrayals of friends and family are painted with a confident emphasis on draughtsmanship and a heightened interest in colour.
Adele Wagstaff is a painter and printmaker who was born in Yorkshire and trained at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Slade School of Fine Art. Adele has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the BP Portrait Award and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Discerning Eye, Medici Gallery Cork St London, Canadian Portrait Academy and Royal West of England Academy.
Adele has had residencies at Leighton Park School, Reading, with the Rehearsal Orchestra in London and Edinburgh and recently she has been working alongside the Chilingirian Quartet during residencies at West Dean College. Since being shortlisted for the BP Travel Award in 2006 Adele has made regular visits to Luxor, Egypt where she continues to work on a series of portraits. The resulting group of portraits have been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions.
Her first book ‘Still Life Painting in Oils’ was published in 2012 and her following book ‘Painting the Nude in Oils’, published early in 2015, both for The Crowood Press.