A group of the art world's rising stars are teaming up with several already successful and established artists for a unique exhibition hosted by local Kensington and Chelsea College.
'Surface' opens to the public on April 26 and showcases a stunning collection of work produced by the college's art alumni stars and their former tutors, who are also established, practising artists.
Backed by Winsor & Newton and Liquitex - two of the biggest manufacturers of art materials - the exhibition pushes the boundaries of painting and explores its expressive potential.
Among those exhibiting are former HNC Fine Art students Julie Bennett who was labelled 'one of Saatchi's new stars' by The Independent and Susan Sluglett, who was recently selected for the prestigious Jerwood Painting Fellowship.
Bennett, who has exhibited in leading London venues and recently made a series of films on painting for the BBC, said:
'I am excited to be in this exhibition as it's a celebration of paint and the joy of mark-making. It is a thrill to be exhibiting alongside ex-tutors from KCC who were always so encouraging and a source of inspiration through their dedication both to the students and to their practice.'
Exhibition curator Erika Winstone is also among the talented contingent of Fine Art tutors showcasing their work for 'Surface', which include those who've exhibited internationally, regulars on the London art scene and members of The London Group – a historically revered group formed in 1913 for emerging artists.
Matthew Kolakowski, Head of Fine Art for Kensington and Chelsea College said:
'This exhibition brings together a group of artists linked by association as tutor and student. The ex-students now emerging as artists in their own right, the tutors continuing to practice as they teach. At KCC we strive to celebrate our alumni and to recognise the value of our lecturers as practising artists.'
'Surface'is free to attend, runs from April 26 until June 16, and is being hosted at The Gallery - one of West London's newest and exclusive exhibition spaces. The Gallery is an exciting new artists' space linked to Winsor & Newton's office at the Studio Building, Evesham Street, London W11. Complemented by an Artists' Studio and workshop area, at the same location, The Gallery provides a space for artistic expression and stimulating interaction.
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists in a special private view being held at the venue on Wednesday April 25. The Gallery's opening hours are 2pm till 5pm.
The college's Fine Art Department, which has an excellent success rate of placing students in higher education, including Slade, Goldsmiths and the University of Arts, are also hosting a series of free artists' seminars and painting workshops at The Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition.
For more details or to book a place on one of the workshops or seminars please contact The Gallery on 0208 424 3239 or Kensington and Chelsea College Arts Office on: 0207 573 5258.
Exhibiting artists: Julie Bennett, Charlotte Betts, Keren Dee, Brian Deighton, Gill Ingham, Anita Kavaja, Matthew Kolakowski, Caroline List, Emanuelle de la Lubie, Brian Sayers, Susan Sluglett, Chris Wilson, Erika Winstone, Maria Zahle