Walker Art Gallery: REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting

'Consulting the Oracle' (2013), Caroline Walker (Detail). © Caroline Walker

10 July – Sunday 29 November 2015

Also read the Review by Patrick Kirk-Smith here.

A vibrant new exhibition curated by artist Chris Stevens and organised by the Sainsbury Centre, brings together over 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting, with some of the best and most influential artists of the last 60 years.

Major 20th-century 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.

reality-david-hepherUncompromising 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.

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.


REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting features works by:

Francis Bacon, Tony Bevan, John Bratby, Cecily Brown, Katarzyna Coleman, Graham Crowley, Ken Currie, Dexter Dalwood, Peter Doig, Lucian Freud, 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.

Find out more: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/reality