Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.
I finally decided to go to the Sainsbury Centre to see the “Reality: Modern and Contemporary Britain Painting” exhibition because this week is the last one and I love paintings and realism in general. It was great and definitely worth going (and students pay half price)!
Here are some of the paintings I really enjoyed – let’s start with my two favourite pieces!
“REALITY is curated by artist Chris Stevens and brings together 54 works by 33 artists spanning more than 90 years. […] With a strong emphasis on the contemporary, the exhibition testifies to the tenacity of the British figurative painting tradition and the impact of painting today.”
“Philip Harris uses detailed realism to describe compelling scenarios and his works in REALITY show figures both mysteriously trapped behind a door and, equally mysteriously liberated in a vast desert landscape. The invitation to the viewer create for themselves a story that is only first suggested by the painting becomes, with the work of Alan Macdonald, an invitation to let imagination take flight […].”
“The artists in REALITY tackle a diverse range of subjects referencing the body, relationships, history, politics, war, the urban environment and social issues.”
“Jenny Saville conjures a complex and highly charged sequence of entwined figures, presenting simultaneously multiple perspectives and moments in time.”
All the quotes come from the official Sainsbury Centre “Gallery Guide”.
Part 2 coming soon!