Last Chance to see REALITY Exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery

REALITY at the Walker Art Gallery. Figures at Ebb Tide (2000), Philip Harris, shown in foreground
REALITY at the Walker Art Gallery. Figures at Ebb Tide (2000), Philip Harris, shown in foreground

The Walker’s popular REALITY exhibition closes Sunday 29 November 2015.

The Walker Art Gallery invites visitors to enjoy its current exhibition, REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, before it closes on Sunday 29 November 2015. Since opening in July 2015, this vibrant exhibition has been seen by almost 60,000 visitors.

Curated by artist Chris Stevens, the exhibition brings together more than 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting, with some of the best and most influential artists of the last 60 years.

Major 20thcentury artists are represented, such as Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and LS Lowry, alongside contemporary painters including John Keane, Ken Currie, Paula Rego and George Shaw.

Visitors have been impressed and inspired by the exhibition, with comments including:

REALITY exhibition is a total triumph – it blew me away!” – Christine, Manchester

I’ve really enjoyed the variety, social commentary and techniques employed. I feel privileged to have been here at this time” – Karen, Perth, Australia

Really loved the new contemporary painting exhibition – makes me want to start painting again!” – Sarah, Liverpool

Also see the Art in Liverpool review by Patrick Kirk-Smith here.

Uncompromising and direct, the work of each artist represented retains a strong reference to the real world, ‘the stuff of life’. While, some might argue, painting has been eclipsed in the media in recent decades by minimal and conceptual art, installation, photography and film, REALITY testifies to the survival of painting as a medium and reveals the impact of British painting today.

Commenting on the exhibition, guest curator Chris Stevens, whose work also features in the exhibition, said: “The painters in this exhibition have been selected under the banner of Realism through their interest in everyday subject matter. Each painter is figurative or representational in nature and yet REALITY presents an extraordinary overview of artists, all with highly individual approaches towards the making of a painting.”

The artists tackle a diverse range of subjects, referencing the body, relationships, history, politics, war, the urban environment and social issues. Despite these different references, the works are all united by two things: the harsh realities that have concerned key British artists over the decades, and the simple act of painting.

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REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting was organised by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.

REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting features works from the following artists:

Francis Bacon, Tony Bevan, John Bratby, Cecily Brown, Katarzyna Coleman, Graham Crowley, Ken Currie, Dexter Dalwood, Peter Doig, Lucian Freud, Gwen Hardie, Philip Harris, Clive Head, David Hepher, David Hockney, Luke Jackson, Chantal Joffe, John Keane, L.S. Lowry, Alan MacDonald, Jock McFadyen, Paula Rego, Ray Richardson, Terry Setch, George Shaw, Walter Sickert, Chris Stevens, Caroline Walker, Alison Watt, Carel Weight.

REALITY at The Walker Art Gallery
REALITY at The Walker Art Gallery