Jessica Warboys, Falmouth alumna – talk at Falmouth and solo exhibition at Tate St. Ives

Hill of Dreams 2016, Performer Oliver Baggott, Video, High Definition, colour, sound; 11 minutes
© Jessica Warboys and 1857

Jessica Warboys,
Sea Painting, Dunwich, October, 2015
canvas, mineral pigments
Courtesy the artist & Gaudel de Stampa, Paris.

In association with Tate St. Ives, artist Jessica Warboys, who graduated from BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth in 2001, joins us for a talk on 29 March, to mark her first solo show at a UK national gallery, at Tate St. Ives this Spring.

Warboys works across painting, performance, film and sculpture; her work is informed by personal or collective memories – historical, mythical or fictional. In her Sea Paintings, Warboys explores the connection between painting and performance, submerging damp, folded canvas scattered with coloured pigments into the sea, and allowing the movement of the waves to ‘paint’ the canvas.  The show at Tate St. Ives will feature films, sculptures and paintings, including two specially commissioned works:

Sea Painting, Zennor 2015, was made on the Zennor coast near St Ives.

Hill of Dreams 2016, is a new film that draws from Welsh fantasy writer Arthur Machen’s book of the same name, that relives his memories of rural Gwent, where Warboys was born a century later. Hill of Dreams has been commissioned by Tate St Ives, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy and Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway and will tour to each of these venues throughout 2016−17.

Warboys currently lives and works in Suffolk and Berlin and has enjoyed wide international exhibition success, including solo exhibitions. After graduating from Falmouth she completed a Masters of Fine Art at Slade School of Art in 2004. Her work was recently included in British Art Show 8.

Register Here for Jessica Warboys’ talk on 29 March, 6pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus. Please note the later than usual start time.

Jessica Warboys at Tate St. Ives runs from 31 March to 3 September 2017.

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Falmouth School of Art Alumni in British Art Show 8

bas8_cover_0Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Jessica Warboysgraduates from BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth have been selected for the British Art Show 8, which has just opened in Leeds. The British Art Show is a touring exhibition that provides a vital overview of the most exciting contemporary art produced in this country and this year, it tours the work of over 40 artists to four cities across the UK.

Organised by Hayward Touring, this multi-venue exhibition is presented every five years in four different cities across the country. The curators of British Art Show 8, Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, have selected the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to contemporary art in the UK over the past five years. The result is a wide-ranging exhibition that encompasses performance, film, sculpture, installation and painting and design. Twenty-six of the 42 artists have produced new works for the exhibition, making this the most ambitious British Art Show to date.

A central concern of British Art Show 8 is the changing role and status of the physical object in an increasingly digital age. While some artists engage with this question through traditional craft-based techniques, others experiment with modes of industrial production. As the curators comment, ‘We were particularly interested in the rereading of objects by artists and other contemporary thinkers as active agents, generative entities, mutating forms and networked realities.’

Opening in Leeds in October 2015, British Art Show 8 will tour to venues in Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton over the course of 15 months.

Jessica Warboys graduated from Fine Art in 2009 and works across painting, performance, film and sculpture. In her series of Sea Paintings Warboys explores the connection between painting and performance. To make these large-scale works the artist submerges a damp, folded canvas scattered with coloured pigments into the sea, and allows the movement of the waves to ‘paint’ the canvas.

Jessica Warboys, Sea Painting, Dunwich, 2013. Copyright the artist, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Gaudel de Stampa, Paris. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Jessica Warboys, Sea Painting, Dunwich, 2013. Copyright the artist, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Gaudel de Stampa, Paris. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye graduated from BA Fine Art in 2004 and makes figurative oil paintings of characters drawn from her imagination and memory. The subjects of her paintings – seen in both intimate close-ups and larger groupings – are mostly black people, represented in timeless and dreamlike settings.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Firefly, 2011. Courtesy: Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Copyright the artist. Photography: Marcus Leith, London.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Firefly, 2011. Courtesy: Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Copyright the artist. Photography: Marcus Leith, London.

For further details please visit the British Art Show website: BAS8 and for Adrian Searle’s review of the show: here