Category Archives: Fiona Long

Adam Fenton’s Painting Club

Adam Fenton's Painting Club image

Adam Fenton’s Painting Club brings together a diverse range of 13 contemporary painters, artists who perhaps wouldn’t normally meet or exhibit together. The artists presented share an interest in a figurative painterly language and the exhibition aims to emphasize the breadth of different approaches it encompasses. The exhibition has been curated to create a dialogue between works and to form the basis for a discussion.

MOMA curator Laura Hoptman recently claimed that contemporary painting is in a state of atemporality, reflecting our current cultural moment. At a time where “all eras seem to exist at once”, any historical genre, stylistic language or motif can be adopted by the contemporary painter.

Adam Fenton’s Painting Club posits the idea that ‘contemporary painting’ as it is often presented is indeed nothing but a genre in itself, recognizable by very distinct formal elements. And often it is determined in so many ways by the intermediary segment of the art world – curators, collectors, gallerists – rather than by the artists themselves.

Thus, the exhibition wishes to address the notion of painting in terms of ‘personality’, as opposed to ‘contemporary’. Each artist in the exhibition demonstrates a personal passion for a unique subject matter, process or style that goes far deeper than just illustrating the current critical discourse. Hopefully, the exhibition will thereby contribute to pointing to the very rich breadth of painting today and a discussion of the diverse and interlapping elements of it.

Ben Clarke, David Dellagi, Mark Edmonds, Adam Fenton, Callum Green, Fiona Long, Paula MacArthur, Benjamin Prosser, Matthew Randle, Mark Sheeky, Hideatsu Shiba, Dovilė Šimonytė, Eleanor Watson

Private View: Friday 21st August 6-9pm
Open: Saturday 22nd August 1-5pm
Discussion: Sunday 23rd August 1-5pm

No Format Gallery
Second Floor Studios & Arts,
Harrington Way,
Woolwich,
London
SE18 5NR

Turps Painting Programme Show 2015

Turps Painting Programme Show 2015

We would be very pleased to see you at our Turps end of year show, opening Friday 10 July at Turps Gallery. We will also open our working studios so you can have a nose through all the other stuff we’ve made, and are currently working on, over the last couple of months.

We hope that this approach of displaying a taster in the galleries and then seeing a real snapshot of the whole practice will make for a more interesting visit than turning everything into a degree show style format.

We’d be delighted if you come and join us for a drink and see what we’ve been up to as a result of our year of painting at Turps. The Turps Painting Programme is a studio based professional practice mentoring scheme including friendly and honest talks from visiting artists alongside mentoring from the team of truly excellent mentors.

The programme focuses on painting, encouraging wide ranging dialogues on the subject in an increasingly digital world where I feel that the pleasure of the slow act of observing and encountering a painting in real life will never die.

Many of us, including myself, have gained so much from the experience, that we are continuing next year.

The show will remain open over the weekend of 11 and 12 July, 11am-5pm. I’ll be around on the Sunday from 11am-2pm and at the opening. It’s also possible to view by appointment only on Wednesday 15 July. If you’d like to come along that day then please let me know and I can arrange for someone to show you around.

Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, Sunday 14 June 2015

Art Car Boot Fair 2015

This Sunday 14 June I’m taking part, along with my Turps Banana Studio Programme peers, in the Art Car Boot Fair just off Brick Lane.

We’d love to see you there for this fun event where you can snap up incredible art bargains as we raise funds for the bar for our end of year show next month. Other bargains can be snapped up from amazing artists including Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan, and Bob and Roberta Smith among many others. It’s well worth a visit!

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015

I’m proud to announce that my quirky painting ‘Norman’ has been selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Norman hides in plain sight. People walk past him and don’t realise who he is or what he’s been through. But when people see him, he reveals his secrets. He shows the fragility trapped behind his hard, masculine, weathered exterior. Is he just a workhorse, a utilitarian object or do his battered ribs show the life he’s led and survived? A badge of honour. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Once discovered, Norman has stories to tell from all that he has learnt, all that he has seen as a fly on the wall whilst the world acts out oblivious….

It was selected by art heroes Bill Woodrow and Alison Wilding for the Sculpture Room located in the Royal Academy’s Lecture Room, the first gallery on the right as you enter.

Varnishing Day, Royal Acedemy Summer Exhibition 2015

This year’s theme of colour devised by Michael Craig Martin gives the exhibition a joyful atmosphere. Perhaps some of the works compete against their colourful backgrounds but I like the invigorated atmosphere of the show.

I like how my almost monochromatic painting sits rather surreally against the sky blue walls of the Lecture Room. When I showed it in Turps Gallery for our interim show, I displayed it incredibly subtly, near the toilet door, and very low. It was tucked way below one of the ventilation grilles that inspired it. Many people didn’t notice it as a work on display but I was playing with observation and realisation.

'Norman' at Turps Gallery

I’m thrilled that it’s been placed so prominently in the Royal Academy and given such space in a generally jam packed salon hang! That the audacious humour of the piece was appreciated and for it to be hung with such prominence in such an establishment is an honour and a delight.

Just to the right of me are further art heroes Cornelia Parker and Richard Wilson!
The Summer Exhibition opens tomorrow until August 16th. If you go, please keep an eye out for Norman #1029

Varnishing Day, Royal Acedemy Summer Exhibition 2015

If you can’t make it along to the exhibition, then you can see everything in the exhibition on the new browsing feature on the RA website. You can find my work by it’s catalogue number 1029.

Turps Spring Show at No. 4A Gallery in Malvern

Each of the Turps Painting Programme participants will be showing a painting in this warm and intimate space in Malvern. If you’re in the area, we’d be delighted if you come and see the exhibition.

Private view 23 April 6.30-8.30
Exhibition 24 April – 15 May
Weds 12.30-4pm
Thurs/Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-1pm

No, 4A Gallery
4A North Malvern Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 4LT

Turps Interim Show 2015

Our Interim Show for the Turps Studio Painting Program 2015 opens on Thursday 19 March 6.30-9.30pm. Each of the 16 painters will be showing selected work from our year on the Programme so far.

The Turps Studio Programme, affiliated with the wonderful Turps Banana Magazine, provides a dynamic structure of: mentoring, peer-led learning, talks and visitors within an open studio environment.

This intensive and supported one year programme stimulates conversation and debate, through discourse and practice, advancing individual development.

– See more at: http://turpsbanana.com/art-school#sthash.UaHdKNkd.dpuf

Surface Views

I suppose that with my interests in art and psychology, it’s natural that I’d be fascinated by how people move around an art gallery and how they engage with the artworks. I love noticing things that hide in plain sight and noticing how people react to things they’d usually ignore in the context of an art gallery where one it attuned to observe and contemplate.

Estate of Serenity, Oil on hinged board, 2014, 70x60x20cm

I decided to make a body of artwork encouraging the viewer not just to look but to see.

The scale and nature of the paintings encourages a private, voyeuristic experience of the erotically banal. Rather than hitting the viewer’s peripheral vision with a large painting I wanted to create structures that encourage the viewer to come closer and engage with the painting one at a time.

Invitation, oil on hinged board, 2014, 60x20x20cm

These “Surface Views” explore surface through form, inviting the viewer into a personal space in order to contemplate memento mori through urban decay. Where nature attacks the city, we are reminded of the transient beauty and the poetic beauty of imperfection.

Opening, Oil on board in found frame, 2014, 50x60cm

They create a paradox of entropic layers of paint depicting old paint affected by time and nature through trompe l’oeil. The depth of these layers is further distorted by the three dimensional form.

The implied use value of the visible hooks and hinges deepens the paradox.

Pipewerk, 2014, Oil on hinged board, 70x60x20cm

I investigate the way in which the banal and everyday can be humorously elevated through laborious scrutiny. My paintings playfully challenge our expectations of the urban environment and investigate the psychology of space. With attention, the most ordinary details can become magical or disturbing observations.

Pipewerk installed in it's site specific location...

Cascades: past, present and future

As part of the Art Licks Weekend POST Artists invite you to

Cascades: past, present and future

at Studio 180, 180 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JY

Private View Thursday 3 October 18:00 – 21:00

Exhibition continues Friday 4 October – Sunday 6 October 11:00 – 18:00

Curators: Samantha Penn and Olga Koroleva

Artists: Marco Cali, Catalina Garces de los Rios, Heather Jones, Matthew Kay, Olga Koroleva, Pippa Kozserek, Rebecca Leach,ilka Leukefeld, Fiona Long, Paula Morison, John O’Hare, Samantha Penn, Matthew Roberts, Jenny Rolfe Herbert, Melanie Russell, Natasha Vicars, Mary Yacoob

A Cascade is triggered, sequential, rational and irrational. In the framework of social theory, it refers the ways in which information is spread, often like wildfire, and sometimes unwittingly. It can refer to a trending hashtag or a collapsing ceiling; subtle and sweeping, all manner of transformation is within reach of the cascade. Cascades erode a mountainside, wipe clean and redefine landscapes, synthesise separate elements or trigger social change. A starting point is determined and often accidental, results unpredictable.

Distorting perceptions of structure, situation and narrative POST will postulate futures for the space, affecting the next weave of the Cascade and enforcing an artificially incurred progression, thus bringing under scrutiny the notion of space in contemporary society. The development of online spaces and communities and the growing impact of artificial venues have triggered exponential distortions of our use of space. Disembodied communities, portable cinemas and augmented reality are now common notions; POST will investigate how these notions can be married to concrete, dust and metal.

Studio 180 is a unique and challenging space and is a perfect experimental platform for POST Artists. Originally a residential building, later the railways communication hub, and now a creative space of three years, it bears a combination of original features and an eclectic collection of vintage and contemporary objects and artworks. During the Art Licks weekend POST will respond to material and ephemeral aspect of the space with a selection of new and existing works.

Studio 180

POST Artists Network

Curators’ full statement and exhibition image can be downloaded from our Art Licks Weekend page

Private tours can be booked via http://artlicksweekend.com/tours

I do hope you can make it along to see this extraordinary place and our show of course! I’ll be there on the Sunday.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Urban Fox/Rural Fox

I’m currently exhibiting some of my ‘Concrete Poetry’ series of paintings, including some that I’ve never shown before. They are on display at Broadway Studios in Tooting, just a 1 minute walk away from Tooting Broadway station. The exhibition is there to compliment Tooting Arts Club’s latest wonderful theatrical offering. Their current show is ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and although I haven’t seen it yet, it’s likely to be immersive with some sort of contemporary twist. Their shows are always brilliant and I can’t wait to see this one myself. So if you fancy a truly unique night out, then get yourself a ticket, and you can look at some of my paintings whilst drinking wine in the interval! It runs from Wednesdays to Sundays until Saturday September 7.