With autumn coming to an end, London Art Fair is back to help you stay on top of your art diary with our recommended exhibitions for this November.
London Art Fair’s ‘must-sees’ for this month include: solo shows by Edward Burtynsky, Morgan Ward, Telfer Stokes and Onya McCausland, a retrospective on Dennis Creffields and a group exhibition of leading artists from the East Kimberley at JGM Gallery.
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The works on view in this exhibition demonstrate what Edward Burtynsky calls the “indelible human signature” on the planet, caused by incursions into the landscape on an industrial scale. The photographs were taken from both aerial and subterranean perspectives and presented the scars of human-altered landscapes which almost appear to form an abstracted painterly language. The works were created in collaboration with Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.
Closing 24 November
Waterhouse & Dodd
A show presenting over 25 paintings and drawings representing the many and varied phases of Dennis Creffield’s career. Encounters explores the artist’s extraordinary and varied body of work from the early 1950s onwards. The exhibition charts his journey from England’s urban centres to its ancient cathedral cities, capturing the rich historical and visual depth that so uniquely characterises his work. The show also features lesser known figurative and still life works.
Closing 30 November
Candida Stevens Gallery
Morgan Ward’s work is vivid and clear-eyed, each piece is luminous, absorbing and energetic. The artist concerns himself with creating this illusion of artificial space by focussing only on line, form and colour. The paintings are the result of preliminary sketches (often in oil pastels) and the deliberate use of a niche colour palette is the result of many colour studies to see how each tonal shift can change the interrelations of the whole composition.The final paintings may look free form and gestural but they are the careful architecture of planning, born from continuous trial and error.
Closing 01 December
The Redfern Gallery
Born in 1940, Telfer Stokes grew up in St Ives surrounded by practically the whole of the modernist movement in exile, Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron. The influence of that group informed Stokes artistic concerns and subsequently his move to New York in 1962 radically transformed his use of colour, surface, form and scale.
This exhibition marks the first time that Telfer Stokes‘ early paintings and sculpture of recent years have been shown together.
21 November – 04 Decemeber
A group exhibition by artists Dora Griffiths, Peggy Griffiths, Mingnonette Jamin, Minni Lumai, Kittey Malarvie and Phyllis Ningarmara from Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in Kununurra.
The show is a celebration of their unique ability in mixing these ochres together to create a myriad of pastels, olive greens and brooding shades of blue in contemporary arts practice. Through burning, mixing and the careful juxtaposition of ochres and charcoal, these leading artists from the East Kimberley, have developed formulas to produce beautiful hues and stunning blends of colour to express their culture on canvas.
Closing 08 December
McCausland’s multi-layered, minimalist paintings and wall installations are made from ‘waste ochres’, produced as a result of the mining industry. Landscapes will extend across the three floors of the gallery and each floor will pay homage to the origin of the materials used, recording the aesthetic intensity and unique quality of each landscape.
McCausland’s research has led to the creation of high-quality artist pigments in a range of rich, earthy ochres giving new purpose to an otherwise redundant and environmentally damaging material.
Closing 09 November
Image 1: Dora Griffiths, Balibaleng, 2018. Courtesy of JGM Gallery. Image 2: Edward Burtynsfy, Morenci Mine #1 – Clifton, Arizona (Detail) 2012. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery. Image 3: Dennis Creffield, Looking down the valley to the sea from Acuzarera, Larios, Torrox #1 (Detail), 1953. Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd. Image 4: Morgan Ward, 3588 UP, 2018. Candida Stevens Gallery. Image 5: Telfer Stokes, Being There (Detail), 2016. Courtesy of The Redfern Gallery. Image 6: Dora Griffiths, Wickham River, 2018. Courtesy of JGM Gallery. Image 7: Onya Mnnausland, Deerplay Hill, 2018. Courtesy of Anima Mundi.