Antonio Pichillá is a contemporary artist whose work is influenced by the rich history of textile making by the women of his native Guatemala. Focusing on the ever-developing connections between western contemporary art and the vernacular tradition of craft, the
In conversation with Paul Ettedgui
Contemporary painter Paul Ettedgui (b. 1967) lives and works in London, having exhibited at a number of prominent UK galleries and Art Fairs. After a foundation at Camberwell School of Art he then completed a degree in Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design.
Ettedgui’s works explore dialogues and intersections between different aspects of the urban environment, with an interest in the constant change of these landscapes and how people interact within them. In this exclusive interview, the artist gives us a unique insight in to the significance underlying his artistic oeuvre.
Your paintings deal with various scenes of London urban life, often focusing on public transportation and industrial sites. How did you initially become drawn to these seemingly mundane landscapes?
“I often find utilitarian views have a scale which makes them stand out in the environment and sometimes these transitional spaces say more to me than the picturesque. They often contain colours and shapes that contribute to this effect. Also, although the built environment can sometimes seem harsh, it reflects the human urge to build, change and connect.”
London is an ever-changing city and living here it can sometimes feel like the ground is continuously shifting under your feet. Do you think your work is a response to this feeling and an attempt to capture an environment that is continuously changing?
“Perhaps my response to this follows on from the last question, in that my work does explore the dynamism of an urban environment such as London, which by its nature and scale is of course ever changing. However, I feel that in using the language of painting, one is also creating a point of stillness that contrasts with this urban dynamic.”
Some of your pieces deal with commuting and depict people going through their daily journeys in a somewhat dissociative state. Do you see this dissociation as an inevitable feature or consequence of urban life?
“Though the environments depicted in my paintings are often public, crowded and shared spaces, the people can be both negotiating the landscape they travel through whilst remaining in their own worlds. I feel it’s not so much the consequence of urban life but maybe it’s our desire to operate on more than one plane that can create a certain dissonance in respect of our surroundings.”
London is often described as a very grey city but your paintings make ample use of colour and contrast, often featuring blue skies and rich lighting. Do you feel that your paintings present a realistic view of the city or are they perhaps a more forgiving interpretation?
“The intensity of light that I see around me when I travel through London affects my work. Some of the paintings are slightly more muted, reflecting the cooler seasonal conditions, whereas others show the crisp light of spring and summer. Whatever the light conditions the movement of people through the landscape often bring much vibrancy to it.”
Many of your paintings show railways cutting through the city, expressing the continuous forward trajectory of urban development. Would you say your paintings present a positive or negative outlook on urban development or are they simply a neutral reflection of this phenomenon?
“The paintings do reflect aspects of a rapidly changing city, which I feel can have both positive and negative implications. However, I’m primarily concerned with evoking a sense of place and my experience of it, so I would say that my work is a more neutral response to this.”
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'WINTER' EXHIBITION AT ROPE HOUSE
IVON HITCHENS, WINIFRED NICHOLSON, MARY POTTER, WILLIAM NICHOLSON, KEITH VAUGHAN, PRUNELLA CLOUGH, JOHN PIPER, BEN NICHOLSON, BRYAN WYNTER, WILLIAM SCOTT AND PATRICK HERON, AMONG OTHERS.
1 OCTOBER - 24 NOVEMBER
The gallery is delighted announce the opening of their new gallery in Hampshire with an inaugural ‘Winter’ exhibition.
Jenna Burlingham Gallery has expanded with a move to a much larger building, Rope House, on the same street as their original space in Kingsclere. This was once a 19th-century rope merchant’s home and workshop and now has the feeling of an informal townhouse. With open galleries at ground level and drawing rooms upstairs, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics are displayed throughout as part of interior settings.
SOGEN CHIBA, REIKO TSUNASHIMA AND MIZUHO KOYAMA
8 - 30 OCTOBER
Sumi, or Japanese ink, has been used for Oriental calligraphic works and paintings for a long time. The need for works in Sumi, an art form backed by a long unbroken history, remains strong.
In contemporary art, which is filled with an indiscriminate mix of materials and representation techniques, works produced based on Sumi are specifically referred to as “Sumi_ism” and at #7 exhibition a collection of works from Reiko Tsunashima and Sogen Chiba, Mizuho Koyama are displayed from this field.
STUCK ON DAWN
17 JULY - 26 AUGUST
Kerlin Gallery are delighted to present ‘Stuck on dawn,’ Marcel Vidal’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Celebrated for his diverse practice and immersive sculptural installations, the exhibition brings together three series of work in Marcel Vidal’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to painting.
A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: IKON IN THE 1990s
18 JUNE – 30 AUGUST
A review of Ikon’s artistic programme in the 1990s, presenting work by 40 artists who showed during this period. With Elizabeth Macgregor as Director, Ikon’s outlook was increasingly international, whilst also showing an eclectic mix of British artists including Basil Beattie, Permindar Kaur, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, Georgina Starr and Mark Wallinger.
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