Kate Whiteford: The Fleming Connection
October 2015 - June 2016
The works on display originate from Kate Whiteford's commission for Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection. She writes ‘For this commission I began to explore the relationship between Fleming's work in the laboratory with his childhood on a farm in a remote part of rural Scotland. I was keen to explore a visual dialogue between past and present by examining the role of the ubiquitous petri dish in the modern biochemistry laboratory’. Whiteford carried out research in the laboratories at Hammersmith Hospital, at Lochfield Farm near Darvel in Ayrshire and at the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum at St Mary's Hospital.
Kate Whiteford was drawn to the brightly coloured agar plates in the hospital laboratories each waiting to be inscribed by the hand of the biochemist, as she says 'creating a form of drawing, to my eyes'. Fleming himself experimented with cultures to make pictures in the petri dishes, an early crossover between art and science. The series of Kate Whiteford's watercolours, on display, explore the fabulous colours of the agar in the petri dishes and the 'streaking' as chemists call the handmade marks on the plate. Each biochemist makes quite distinctive 'drawings' which can be identified by other scientists in the laboratory.
Kate Whiteford drew on Fleming's famous quote ‘we unconsciously learned a great deal from Nature’ to examine the relationship between the micro and the macro. The resulting works range from images based on microscopic studies of cultures in the laboratory to aerial images of the landscape around the place of Fleming’s birth.
Kate Whiteford was born in Scotland and is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. Her work is held in numerous public collections including Tate, London; the British Council and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Architectural installations include works for the Venice Biennale, the British High Commission, Nairobi; the Garden of International Friendship, Coventry and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. In 2001, Kate Whiteford was appointed OBE. She currently lives and works in London.
Jane Joseph: A View of London
October 2015 - May 2016
Jane Joseph (b. 1942) is a leading British printmaker and draughtsman. The basis of her work is always drawing from life, recording the world with a realist’s eye. Jane Joseph trained as a painter at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (1961-65) under Robert Medley, Head of Painting, in the early 1960s. She gained the Leverhulme Award for travel in Europe in 1965. In 1989, she was invited to work in the Graphic Workshop of Pécs, Hungary. This was followed by Abbey Awards in 1991 and 1995 which enabled her to study at the British School at Rome. She later taught at Wimbledon School of Art and Morley College, London.
Since 1980, Jane Joseph has lived and worked in West London where she has been preoccupied with depicting the urban landscape. She is highly regarded for her drawings and prints. Mel Gooding wrote in an essay to accompany an exhibition of her drawings at Angela Flowers Gallery, London (1987): “A drawing by Jane Joseph is a meeting place of three fidelities: fidelity to the place observed; fidelity to her feelings about that place; fidelity to her chosen materials”.
The works on display here demonstrate both Jane Joseph’s drawing and printmaking techniques and the use of traditional media like charcoal and chalk on paper. These monochrome works are informed and inspired by the urban landscape and include Thames-side views at Brentford and Kew and the Lethaby Building, Holborn. The listed building completed in 1907, was designed under the supervision of architect W.R. Lethaby, as the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Two works here also record the interior of her studio and depict objects including a plaster cast of the head of a horse of Selene from the east pediment of the Parthenon in the British Museum.
Jane Joseph’s work is held in many public collections including the Ben Uri Gallery, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Government Art Collection, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Bettina von Zwehl: Profiles III
April – October 2015
Bettina von Zwehl (b. 1971) is an internationally renowned photographer. She was born in Munich and completed her BA and MA here in London at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art. In 2011 she was Photography Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and from 2013 to 2014 Artist in Residence at the Freud Museum.
Von Zwhel has focused on photographic portraits and has stated her `fascination with the human face and human relations’. The series currently on display at St. Mary’s: `Profiles III’, was first exhibited at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2009 and depicts six boys and girls aged twelve months old. These monumental profiles are reminiscent of Italian Renaissance portrait paintings and focus on the minute detail of the faces. This exhibition coincides with the launch of Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s Birth Centre Appeal.
We are delighted to working directly with the artist on this project and are grateful for her generous support.
Jane Joseph: Sea, Land and Journeying
September 2014 – November 2015
Jane Joseph is an established print maker who is particularly associated with etchings. The basis of her printmaking is always drawing from life. The etching process provides a distillation of these earlier drawings producing images of great simplicity. Joseph studied at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and gained the Leverhulme Award for travel in Europe in 1965. Since 1980 she has lived and worked in West London, where she has been preoccupied with depicting the urban landscape. Her work is held in many public collections including the Government Art Collection, The British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The works on display in this exhibition demonstrate both her drawing and printmaking techniques. The six ferry drawings were inspired by Joseph’s travels to the West Coast of Scotland, a trip which she does annually during the same period in September. At this time of year, she observes the change in the seasons and enjoys the opportunity to look at a different landscape before returning to London for the winter.
Richard Smith: Untitled
February – November 2015
Richard Smith (b. 1931) was born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire and lives and works in New York. A painter and printmaker, he attended Luton School of Art (1948-50) and the Royal College of Art (1954-57). In 1959 he was awarded the prestigious Harkness Fellowship which allowed him to visit New York for the first time. In 1970 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in numerous public collections including, Arts Council of Great Britain, London, Tate, London, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
We are delighted to be showing 30 original works on paper in this exhibition showcasing Smith’s wonderful use of resonant colour.
The works are kindly on loan from Flowers Gallery and we are extremely grateful for their generous support.
Paul Huxley RA - Wall Drawing 3
This dramatic wall drawing used great expanses of vivid colour and geometric forms on three walls within the main entrance at Charing Cross Hospital which transformed the healing environment.
The prints on display were examples of Bawden’s later works and produced around the same time that a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989.
John Gibbons drawings
The drawings in this exhibition signalled a recent departure for Gibbons, as he turned to studio-based drawings for the first time in 2008/09 during a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo.
Marc Quinn Portraits of Landscapes
Boyd and Evans ‘Black and White’
This display focused on internationally recognised artists Fionnuala Boyd and Leslie Evans and their black and white photographs of American landscapes.
John Virtue - Seascapes
This exhibition is an engaging collection of nine acrylic paintings completed by Virtue since 2011. Selected from a large body of drawings and paintings made in response to weekly eight and half mile walks made between Cley and Blakeney Point on the north Norfolk coast, the black and white paintings are abstracted to imply a connection between nature and the artist’s internal landscape.
Darren Almond: Norilsk
In this display of seventeen photo lithographs taken in the Siberian city of Norlisk, Almond captures the beautiful snowy landscapes of the Russian north. He said: "I spotted a dilapidated old railway bridge. I wondered when it was built, because the trees there are so dead and spindley."
Mark Francis: Prints
The repeated shapes and markings in these eight etchings and monoprints are typical of Francis’ work. Suggestive of biological forms, the paintings are based on microbiological photography of bacteria, cells, membranes, sperm, ova, seeds and tissue which reveal the underlying patterns and structures of nature.
Medicine during the First World War: Inter Arma Caritas (Amidst the Arms, Love)
‘Medicine during the First World War: Inter Arma Caritas’ (Amidst the Arms, Love) is a series of 24 images from the Imperial War Museums Archive. The works focus on the brave men and women in medicine who tended to wounded soldiers during the course of the Great War.
Derek Boshier: Inside the Mind of a Pop Artist
Widely celebrated as one of the founders of the Pop Art movement in Britain in the early 1960s, Derek Boshier's paintings and graphic works commented on social and political subject matter including the space race, advertising, and the cultural relationship between Britain and the United States. We are delighted to have worked with Flowers gallery on this exhibition showing 10 works dating from 1979 to 2008.