Gareth Cadwallader

Gareth Cadwallader’s (b. 1979, Swindon, UK) paintings are at once both dreamlike – almost lysergic – and rigorously formal, almost completely diffusing the limits of figuration and abstraction. His scenes are familiar, yet exist outside of specific space and time, held at a point of electric tension by neurotically rigorous consideration.

Gareth Cadwallader studied at the Royal College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London, and Hunter College, New York. He held his first solo show at Josh Lilley in January 2019, and has recently shown at the Hayward Gallery, London and The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Gareth Cadwallader lives and works in London


2010, MA, Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2004, BA, Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2003, Hunter College of Art, New York
2000, Btec Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Gloucestershire

Solo Exhibitions

Let Me See the Colts, Josh Lilley, London

Half-Lowered Eyelids, Josh Lilley, London

Crashed Cyclist, London Art Fair Art Projects

II, Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Tobias and the Angel, Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

The Painted Room, Curated by Caroline Walker, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam
Behold (A Shoe about Touch), curated by Sasha Galitzine, Hypha Studios, London

Blind Field, curated by Matt Bollinger, 1969 Gallery, New York
The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Mixing it Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London
Tasting Menu, Barns Art Center, Easy FIshkill, NY
Particularities, X Museum, Beijing
and I will wear you in my heart of heart, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Time Takes a Cigarette, Josh Lilley, London

Transparent Things, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London
Habitual, Castor Projects, London
Slow Painting , Hayward Gallery Touring Show, The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute - University of Plymouth, Playmouth
Slow Painting , Hayward Gallery Touring Show, The Edge, University of Bath and Bath Spa School of Art and Design, Bath
Slow Painting , Hayward Gallery Touring Show, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Thurso Art Gallery, Inverness

Slow Painting , Hayward Gallery Touring Show, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Stains on a Decade, Josh Lilley, London

John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Mingled Spaces, Lychee One, London
Celeste Art Prize, Bargehouse, London
Exceter Contemporary Open, The Phoenix, Exeter, London (winner - Audience Award)
A New Kitchen Sink, Josh Lilley, London
The Diamond Sea, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Nightwood, Vectuer, Charleroi

Corvi-Mora / Greengrassi, Corvi Mora / Greengrassi (collaboration), London
Summer Mix, Turps Gallery, London
Glorious Abandon, Dynamite Projects, London
Chroma: Blue Issue, Safehouse 2, London
What We All Lack, Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Dead, A Celebration of Mortality, Saatchi Gallery, London
Borderlands, Abus 3, Northampton

Group Show, Choi & Lager Galerie, Cologne

The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art, London

Graham Little, Samuel Fouracre, Gareth Cadwallader, Take Courage Gallery, London

Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London
Anticipation, Selfridges, London
Royal College of Art Degree Show, London

Royal College of Art Interim Show, London
The Peckham Pavillion, Venice Bienalle, Venice
Wunderbar, Gallerie Kollaborativ, Berlin
The Center of the Universe, James Taylor Gallery, London
Friends of the Divided Mind, The Center of the Universe, London

Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London
Death, Takecourage Gallery, London
Why We Are Ourselves, W.S. Bartlett, London

!WOWOW! at The Event, Curzon Street Station, Birmingham
Ruhe Bewahren, Tacheles, Berlin
Why We Are Ourselves, W.S. Bartlett, London
Experiments with Figuration, Lyndhurst Way, London

Fuck Dance Let’s Art, Hoxton Distillery, London
Rising Tendencies Toward the United States of Mind, The !WOWOW ! Space, London
10 Rooms and a Sculpture Garden, Lyndhurst Way, London

Optimism as Cultural Rebellion, The !WOWOW!, Area 10, London

SpectacularSpectacular, The !WOWOW!, The Co Op Building, London
A Home for Lost Ideas, Gallerie General Public, Berlin


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Veg Patch by Gareth Cadwallader, 2021
Milk by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
Egg by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Smoker (Jesus in the House of Mary and Martha) by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Coffee by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Shunga Tea Time (After Kuniyoshi) by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Trees by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
View from The Sailor Girl IV by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Too Many Oranges (A Maid Asleep)  by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
The Geographer (Nanny Hawkins) by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Blue Plastic Bag by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Unswept Floor (After Sosus of Pergamon) by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Cantaloupes by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Installation View: Half-Lowered Eyelids by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Installation View: Half-Lowered Eyelids by Gareth Cadwallader, 2019
Sailor Girl II by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Gate (for Oliver Winchester) by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Landscape by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
Bed by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
Redcurrant by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
View from the Sailor Girl III by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
Sculpture by Gareth Cadwallader, 2018
Orange Juice by Gareth Cadwallader, 2015
Pile of Oranges by Gareth Cadwallader, 2017
View from the Sailor Girl I by Gareth Cadwallader, 2016


Let Me See The Colts at Josh Lilley,presenting Gareth Cadwallader

Let Me See The Colts

Solo Show

Time Takes a Cigarette at Josh Lilley,presenting Brandi Twilley, Celeste Rapone, Gareth Cadwallader, Genesis Belanger, Harold Mendez, Ian Davis, Kathleen Ryan, Oska Gutheil, Peter Shire, Rachel Maclean, Sarah Pichlkostner, Tau Lewis, Vicky Wright & Victor Seaward

Time Takes a Cigarette

Group Show

Stains on a Decade at Josh Lilley,presenting Tom Anholt, Brian Bress, Peter Linde Busk, Gareth Cadwallader, Sarah Dwyer, Derek Fordjour, Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Christof Mascher, Rebecca Nassauer, Sarah Pichlkostner, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Belén Rodríguez , Kathleen Ryan, Analia Saban, Vicky Wright, Ryan Mosley, Celeste Rapone, Hurvin Anderson, Jack Burton, Ian Davis, Svenja Deininger, Holly Hendry, John Houck, Aliza Nisenbaum, Conrad Shawcross, Leon Kossoff, Tal R, Paula Rego, Euan Uglow & Kaari Upson

Stains on a Decade

Group Show

Half-Lowered Eyelids at Josh Lilley,presenting Gareth Cadwallader

Half-Lowered Eyelids

Solo Show