Between the Lines | New Paintings by Anna Liber Lewis and Dominic Beattie
6 May - 4 June 2022
We are delighted to present 'Between The Lines' a duo exhibition of new work by two contemporary abstract painters, Anna Liber Lewis and Dominic Beattie, curated by Hannah Payne.
Anna Liber Lewis’ bold paintings explore the power dynamic created by colour, line and shape, often referring to the male dominated field of hard-edge abstraction. Dominic Beattie’s practice involves an emphasis on materials, techniques and processes based upon Modernist principles, specifically ideas of innovation and experimentation with abstraction.
Liber Lewis’ works, often developed together in groups or series, follows an interest in how paintings can exist and interact with each other. Complex narratives within the paintings are simultaneously veiled with sensuality and humour, whilst revealing the confident objectivity of the way the artist wants us to see them.
Beattie’s new series of ‘stain paintings’ sees a move for the artist from working on wooden panels to large-scale works on canvas, exploring the realms of pattern through saturation of colour, and a singular repeated motif.
In this series, Beattie explores patterns found in traditional crafts, specifically stained glass windows, and reimagining them through a process of spray painting by working on the reverse of the canvas to play with saturation. The repeated motif in the series remains constant and only the colour relationship and saturation of paint alters.
A series of works on paper by both artists are included in the exhibition including Beattie’s ‘Glyph’ series of oil pastels on cotton rag paper, and Liber Lewis’ 'No' series of chalk pastels, produced by the artists during lockdown.
6th May – 4th June 2022.
VIEW EXHIBITION Including works available, press release and installation views.
Gallery open times: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Meakin & Parsons | Oxford, 16 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX
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Anna Liber Lewis (b. 1976) London-based contemporary artist Liber Lewis was given a full scholarship from The Genesis Foundation to study at the RCA and graduated with an MFA in 2015. She holds a BA from Central Saint Martins. In 2017 she won the Griffin Art Prize and the Young Contemporary Talent Prize supported by the Ingram Collection. Her first London solo show ‘Muscle Memory’ at Elephant West, 2018 was followed by a second solo show at The Lightbox, Woking where she was asked to respond to a piece from the Ingram Collection; she chose a work by Eileen Agar. Group exhibitions include Landscape Portrait: Now and Then; Redressing the Balance: Women Artists from the Ingram Collection; WIP at Camden Arts Centre Studio. Her work is held in many private collections both in the UK and Europe including the Miniature Museum in Amsterdam.
Dominic Beattie (b.1981) lives and works in London. He studied BA Fine Art Painting Camberwell College of Art, UAL. Beattie has exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Academy, JGM Gallery and Fold Gallery. In 2015 he won the UK/Raine prize for painting. In 2018 he curated the exhibition ‘Harder Edge’ (A Multigenerational Survey of Recent Abstraction) featuring 17 artists at The H Club, Covent Garden, and later toured to the Saatchi Gallery. In 2019 he co curated ‘HABITAT: artist furniture or things that might be confused as furniture’ at JGM Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at JGM Gallery and FOLD, UK.