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2007

Charles Avery
Henry Coombes
Louise Hopkins
Rosalind Nashashibi
Lucy Skaer
Tony Swain

10 June — 2 November 2007
Palazzo Zenobio

Scotland + Venice 2007 was an exhibition of new work by six artist, curated by National Galleries of Scotland and presented at the Palazzo Zenobio, in the Dorsoduro district of Venice.

Charles Avery

Working across a range of media, Avery’s art is characterised by formal beauty, humour and a spirit of philosophical enquiry. Avery’s most high profile work to date is his ongoing Islanders project, in which over a ten-year period he has described in drawing, painting and sculpture the topology and cosmology of an imaginary island, inspired by his childhood living in the Inner Hebrides. Avery was born in Oban, Scotland and is based in London. At the time of the exhibition he was represented by doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh; Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin and Galeria S.A.L.E.S, Rome.

Henry Coombes

Concerned with investigating entrenched political, cultural and class issues, Coombes works with film, oil paint and watercolour to seduce the viewer into familiar and wholesome images, which on closer inspection reveal a dark and subversive subtext. Coombes was born in London and completed his BA at Glasgow School of Art and is based in Glasgow. At the time of this exhibition Coombes was represented by Sorcha Dallas.

Louise Hopkins

Using a variety of materials such as furnishing fabric, newspapers, song sheets, maps and comic strips as the basis for her works, Louise Hopkins’ art can at first appear playful and sensuous. Her primary intention, however, is not one of embellishment, but of disruption. Her painstaking use of paint to alter or obliterate the meaning of the original material on which she  works is disorientating and at times disturbing.

Hopkins was born in Hertfordshire. She studied at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic and Glasgow School of Art and is based in Glasgow. At the time of the exhibition she was represented by doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh.

Rosalind Nashashibi

Using primarily film and video, but also photography and printmaking, observation of people and their activity is the starting point for Rosalind Nashashibi’s work. In her films, an experience of time passing and a layering of gestures and patterns are key recurring motifs, as is her interest in working across cultures, in Palestine, New York and elsewhere. Born in Croydon, Nashashibi studied at Sheffield University and Glasgow School of Art. She is based in Liverpool. At the time of the exhibition she was represented by doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh.

Lucy Skaer

Working on paper – large stretches that in scale resemble unfurled banners, flags or giant scrolls – she draws in graphite, adding enamel paint, ink and gold leaf, producing images which appear fluid and shifting, and open to interpretation. Born in Cambridge, Skaer studied at Glasgow School of Art and is based in Glasgow. At the time of the exhibition he was represented by doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh

Tony Swain

A sheet or cut section of newsprint provides the basis for Swain’s meticulously executed paintings, which offer us a view into a complex and surreal private world. Using the disconnected images found across such a spread, Swain works over this, embellishing imagery, distorting and extending perspectives and introducing new figurative and abstract imagery to produce works which are mesmeric and intriguing.
Swain was born in Lisburn in Northern Ireland in 1967 and studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1990. He is based in Glasgow and is represented by The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

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Curated by The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Design BAKKAL