Festoni: Natura Morta
new paintings by Helen Wilks
PRESS EVENT: Monday, 20 June 6.30 – 9 pm
Book launch: Thursday, 23 June 6.30 – 9 pm
Exhibition PV: Friday, 24 June 6 – late
Exhibition runs until 31 July 2016
Helen Wilks has exhibited extensively, including Childhood Fragments at the Freud Museum, London, Punch y Judy at Latinarte, Madrid, The Inhabited Space at the Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven CT.
She will be showing her new Festoni paintings in an exhibition opening next month, her first solo show in London for almost 18 year. The show will be curated and installed by Natalia Zagorska-Thomas at Studio Ex Purgamento (Secrets and Lies, Please Do Touch, Felicia Głowacka)
An illustrated catalogueto accompany the exhibition [Available early June] will be published by Studio Ex Purgamento and include a conversation between the curator and artist, a contextual note by the writer Judith Ravenscroft whose novel, Anomalous Affections will be launched at the gallery on 23rd June (Karnac Books 2016) and a new poem by Carole Satyamurti. Her verse retelling of the Mahabharata (Norton, 2015) is just out in paperback. An extended article by Renzo Margonari in the Cronica Di Mantova, (15 April 2016) on the work of Helen Wilks can be found here.
In this new work Wilks paints with sensual directness, often in series, tracing time and the changes it wreaks on picked flowers, fruits and seeds. Everything about the show, in this gallery which has been attracting rising attention over the last three years, speaks of intensity and compression: A small space, condensed texts and tiny paintings, none of which are much more than 30 cm in dimension.
Helen Wilks “Festoni: High Summer Rose (Valgatara)”, 4th of 4, 2015
Oil on board, 26 x 32 cm [Cat. F:107]
STUDIO EXPURGAMENTO http://www.studioexpurgamento.com
Helen Wilks www.helenwilks.com
Judith Ravenscroft http://www.karnacbooks.com/product/anomalous-affections-a-novel/38424
Carole Satyamurti http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?id=4294989912