We are thrilled to welcome a group of newly-graduated artists to the last stop of the highly successful Young Masters Tour 2013, at Sphinx Fine Art this October. The exhibition will be curated by Daisy McMullan, (MA Curating, Chelsea College of Art and Design), curator of the Young Masters Art Prize 2012.
Fresh out of College, works by 2013 graduates Andrew Bruce, Bex Massey, Charles Moxon, George Morris, Lian Zhang and Rodolfo Villaplana, will be shown alongside previously exhibited artists, including 2012 Young Masters Art Prize winner, Lottie Davies.
Andrew Bruce has recently graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. In his works, he photographs wild animals (both dead and alive) principally using a large format camera. In conversation with Karen Knorr, Bruce says, “There is what seems to be a contradiction present in all of my photographs where [firstly] the photographs have an aesthetic of an ‘otherworldly space’ even if this is as simple as it looking like night, or something otherworldly is happening (the animal seems to float or stars go by)”.
Bex Massey has just finished an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. Her work is based on the copious stories found within newspapers and, on occasion, the broadsheets themselves as physical entities: she appropriates images from media headlines and translates them through paint. Her installations question the ideals of expectation, with impetus to manner of display and art history: in so doing, she transforms once 2D works into sculptural arrangements.
Charles Moxon graduated this year with a BA in Painting at Camberwell College of Art, where he was highly influenced by the techniques of the Dutch Seventeenth-Century Old Masters. In his work, Moxon combines these past techniques with added observational detail and hyperrealism of more modern photorealism, to create some truly stunning portraits.
George Morris is a BA Fine Art graduate of Camberwell College of Art. Inspired by a variety of iconic figures in history, ranging from Italo Calvino to Steve McQueen, Morris’ work investigates the physical, social and conceptual conditions of gesture, the significance being the potential for a single emblematic movement having various meanings within individual cultural and historical contexts. Historical events and figures shape the inspiration and research for his work. The concepts within his work are evident throughout history, and are still very much relevant and reflected within contemporary society.
Lian Zhang completed an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art this year. Working in the tradition of the Chinese school of learning that looks to the style of Classical European painters such as Matisse and Chagall, Zhang ‘adds new layers of history and the future to her intricate paintings, using past techniques to her contemporary advantage.’
Rodolfo Villaplana is an emerging artist based in London, who recently achieved an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Through his paintings, Villaplana aims to decontextualize objects; rather than erasing their significance, he tries to rediscover their meaning and find a new interpretation of reality within their shapes. Inspired by, and interested in all human expression as a way to understand history and to find his place in it, Rodolfo’s work come observations of himself and others, as well as the way others see themselves. His use of colour is both intense and evocative, creating an all-encompassing environment, enveloping the viewer in an extraordinary atmosphere.
Image credit: Lian Zhang, Elsewhere, 2013, Oil on board, 21 x 30 cm / 8.3 x 11.8 in.