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Contemporary Drawings

17 March 2015 – 21 June 2015

To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists could be found in the Kettles’s Yard house.

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The works ranged from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings.

Artists included Charles Avery, Phyllida Barlow, Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago, Rachel Howard, Chantel Joffe, Nick Mauss, Daniel Silver and Rachel Whiteread.

The display was curated by Drawing Room, London.

On 10 June Director Andrew Nairne and Mary Doyle, Co-Director of Drawing Room gave a talk about the display of Contemporary Drawings and the role of drawing today.


Photos: Paul Allitt

Artist Biographies

Charles Avery

Charles Avery (b.1973, Oban, Scotland) lives and works in London and the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Since 2004, his practice has been devoted to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images. He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2002 and 2004, and won the Prospects Drawing Prize in 2003. Avery is represented by Pilar Corrias, London. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the ICA Studio, London; Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Perrotin and Frac Ile-de-France, Paris.


Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow (b. 1944, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) lives and works in London. Barlow’s distinctive sculptural works and large scale installations experiment with the formal qualities of inexpensive, everyday materials. She studied at Chelsea College of Art, London and the Slade School of Fine Art, London where she later became professor. In 2014 she was commissioned by Tate to create a piece for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries. She has had solo exhibitions at Hauser and Wirth, London and Somerset, the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida and the De Moines Art Center, Iowa. She has also exhibited at the Venice Biennale; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pensylvania; The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands. Barlow became Royal Academician in 2011 and is represented by Hauser and Wirth.


Aleana Egan

Aleana Egan (b. 1979, Dublin) currently lives and works in Dublin. Egan studied Fine Art, Painting at the Glasgow School of Art, 1999 – 2003. Her practice stems from drawing and extends to other media, including intimate and layered sculptural works that respond to memories and experiences. Recent solo exhibitions include Mary Mary, Glasgow; Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; Drawing Room, London and Art Basel Statements. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; MOT International, Brussels and Sculpture Center, New York.

Sir Antony Gormley

Sir Antony Gormley (b. 1950, London) lives and works in London and studied at Trinity College Cambridge, St. Martin’s School of Art, Goldsmiths and the Slade School of Art. Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. He won the Turner Prize in 1994, has been a Royal Academician since 2003. He has received a number of prestigious accolades including a knighthood in 2014 for services to the arts. Celebrated globally, Gormley has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brazil; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; the Hayward Gallery, London; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. He has also participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986) and Documenta 8 (1987), Kassel. Permanent public works include the Angel of the North, Gateshead, England; Another Place, Crosby Beach, England; Inside Australia, Lake Ballard, Western Australia; and Exposure, Lelystad, The Netherlands.


Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago (b. 1972, Leeds) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied in Europe at Central Saint Martins, London and at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Renowned for his often monumental sculptures, his work has been featured in major solo exhibitions worldwide including: Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville New York; and the Galleria Borghese, Rome. He has also shown in important international group shows, which include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Le Consortium, Provence, France; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.


Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard (b. 1969, Durham, UK) studied at Goldsmiths College and lives and works in London. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004, and won the British Council Award in 2008. Howard has had recent solo exhibitions at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; Blain | Southern, London; the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples and Other Criteria, London. She has also exhibited at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow;  Alteria Art, London, and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work is held in public collections, including: Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina; CCA Andratx, Mallorca; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas and the Museum van Loon, Amsterdam. She is represented by Blain | Southern Gallery, London.

Chantal Joffe

Chantal Joffe (b. 1969, St Albans, Vermont) lives and works in London. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited recently at the Jewish Museum, New York, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; MODEM, Hungary, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow and Turner Contemporary, Margate. Joffe is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery, London. In 2006 Joffe won the Charles Wollaston Award for her work in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.


Nick Mauss

Nick Mauss (b.1980, USA) lives in New York and works at the interstices of different media. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, New York. Mauss has had recent solo exhibitions at Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; 303 Gallery, New York; and MD72, Berlin. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. He was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and his writing has been published in Artforum, MAY, Peep Hole, and MAP.


Daniel Silver

Daniel Silver (b, 1972, London) studied Fine Art, at the Slade School of Fine Art and Fine Art Sculpture, at the Royal College of Art, London. Silver is known for his interest in Greek and Roman sculpture and innovative use of traditional materials including marble and bronze. Projects include: A Thousand Doors, curated by Whitechapel Gallery and NEON, Athens and Dig, Odeon Site, London, curated by Artangel. He has exhibited at OMR Gallery, Mexico City; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland and held a solo exhibition at the Frith Street Gallery, London in 2015


Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963, London) studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic, Brighton and Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Whiteread is recognised as one the leading female sculptors of her generation, best known for her minimalist casts that are at once monumental yet contextually intimate. She was the first woman to receive the Turner Prize in 1993 and represented Britain in the the 1997 Venice Biennale. Alongside a number of notable public commissions, Whiteread has exhibited extensively worldwide, with solo exhibitions at acclaimed institutions such as Kunsthalle Basel; the Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.