Exhibition: Slow Painting

Michael Armitage, Balcony, 2013

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    The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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'Slow Painting' is an exhibition of paintings that take their time, and invite us to do the same. Curated by writer and critic Martin Herbert, the exhibition features 19 artists, primarily British or UK based, whose work spans a myriad of styles and applications, from figuration to abstraction. 

Art has reacted, like everything else, to digital technology, both on the level of making and reception. The speed at which art is consumed has been transformed by shorter attention spans and the desire to make images that ‘pop’ on smartphones and computer screens. Yet painting has historically been both created and received patiently, offering a space of pause, contemplation and gradual unfurling. 'Slow Painting' offers a counterbalance to an accelerating world, comprising works that illustrate the role of painting as a rewarding repository of time.

Featured artists include: Darren Almond, Athanasios Argianas, Michael Armitage, Gareth Cadwallader, Varda Caivano, Lubaina Himid, Paul Housley, Merlin James, Allison Katz, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie, Mairead O'hEocha, Yelena Popova, Carol Rhodes, Sherman Sam, Benjamin Senior, Michael Simpson, Tim Stoner, and Caragh Thuring.

This exhibition is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, which opened at Leeds Art Gallery on 25 October 2019 and will travel to The Arts Institute's Levinsky Gallery in January.

Date: Friday 24 January – Saturday 28 March
Time: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday 11:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Free admission

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