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Nick Goss

Green Lanes

Green Lanes. It sounds pastoral, nostalgic, faintly utopian – like some network of ancient drovers’ tracks and holloways that endures furtively in a pocket of deep England. But Green Lanes could hardly be further from such a place: it is a drawn-out urban thoroughfare, which slices for miles through the suburbs of north London, abutted by old retail parades, housing estates and supermarkets, by ranks of semi-detached houses and parks that renounced their claims to rural retreat well over a century ago.

24 September 2020

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Christof Mascher

Presence Above All

Christof Mascher’s Street turns river, a 2015 painting in oil on board, is an urban nocturne washed with the pale purply blue that belongs only to a clear night beneath a big moon. Gas streetlamps set cream-coloured orbs on either side of the scene, repoussoir glass gems from a European city of the 1820s. A boulevard carves through the landscape, parcelling it up. The painting is tight, everything in its proper place.

7 September 2020

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Gareth Cadwallader

Painting in the world, around the world

Shortly after the opening of Half-Lowered Eyelids, his first solo exhibition at Josh Lilley in January 2019, Gareth Cadwallader left his South London home to paint in the world. A painter with a meticulous, private methodology in art and life, the following images are all that we know about the genesis of the three works ultimately presented at Art Basel Miami Beach in December of that year.

25 August 2020

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Nicholas Hatfull

Sky and vapour

Josh Lilley first showed Nicholas Hatfull's iPad sky drawings — unique archival pigment prints on Somerset paper, modest but glowing — in the 2019 group show of painters' preparatory works Preparing for What. A year later we are proud to introduce and offer the first large oils derived from this daily digital practice.

25 August 2020

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Derek Fordjour

SHELTER

SHELTER, Derek Fordjour's 2020 solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, was both a compact survey of the artist's recent work and a site-specific installation that placed the viewer in a position of temporary safety from a heavy storm.

25 August 2020

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Ryan Mosley

What People Do

A year ago, Ryan Mosley was approached by the Contemporary Art Society, a heritage charity and consultancy that acquires British artworks for public display around the nation, to submit a proposal for the lobby of a skyscraper growing in London. This skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate, would be second in size, nationwide, to Renzo Piano’s Shard, and would dwarf the landmarks of the city’s colossus-choked financial center. Paintings, thought this painter of paintings, would not fit for this space.

25 August 2020

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Ian Davis

Cruise Ship

Initiated in late 2019 and finished in June 2020, Ian Davis’ Cruise Ship evolved through a changing global reality, and the artist's iconic figures in matching clothes never arrived, never populated the scene. The cruise ship became a ghost ship — its trajectory, its past and its future, elusive. The rippling wake signals motion, but its unclear who is steering.

24 August 2020

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Nicholas Hatfull

An Autumn Afternoon

There’s an alley that reappears in Nicholas Hatfull’s recent paintings. It is an alley from An Autumn Afternoon (1962), Yasujirō Ozu’s final film.

24 August 2020

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Kathleen Ryan

The Journey of Bad Melon (Party Girl)

Altogether more moist and pulpy than the citrus fruits with which the series debuted at Josh Lilley in October 2018, the Bad Melon works conjure another tangible, tactile aspect of ‘badness’.

24 August 2020

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Kathleen Ryan

Ghost Palm

Kathleen Ryan’s Ghost Palm was commissioned in 2019 for the second edition of the biennial Desert X, an exhibition of site-responsive artworks in Southern California’s Coachella valley in the spring of 2019. A lifesize rendering of the Washingtonia filifera (desert palm) in steel, plastics and glass, Ghost Palm sat along the San Andreas Fault, the meeting point of two tectonic plates.

24 August 2020

Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss
Installation view of Preparing for What at Josh Lilley, presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss

Artworks

Crossing by Nick Goss, 2018
Commuter by Nick Goss, 2019
Sleeping Bird by Tom Anholt, 2019
Vapours at dusk by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Vapour, late evening by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Advent moon by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Reserve, Holkham by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Scoops Catalogue 2 by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Two studies of a blood orange by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Gyoza Potsu by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
(Bonwit Teller) by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
Eggshells, Saturday morning by Nicholas Hatfull, 2019
The Window by Tom Anholt, 2019
River Bank by Tom Anholt, 2019
Music Man by Tom Anholt, 2019
Lost Kings by Tom Anholt, 2019
Tuscany by Tom Anholt, 2019
The Woodsman’s Lost Love (study) by Tom Anholt, 2019
Young Sicilian by Tom Anholt, 2019
Snack by Nick Goss, 2019
Maryland by Nick Goss, 2019
New Cross by Nick Goss, 2019
Orpheus and Eurydice by Nick Goss, 2018
Offshore by Phil Goss, 2019
1988 (I was born into an industrial world) by Jack Burton, 2019
THE OLIVES (outdoor concert) by Jack Burton, 2019
CRISISCRISIS (maison a louer) by Jack Burton, 2019
Autarky by Jack Burton, 2018
THE OLIVES FRIDAY 9th, PLAYING LIVE, HOPE YOU ENJOY ,CHILL by Jack Burton, 2019
Candles by Phil Goss, 2018
Swallow by Gabriella Boyd, 2018
Signals by Gabriella Boyd, 2019
Systems by Gabriella Boyd, 2019
Perfume by Gabriella Boyd, 2018
Housewarming by Gabriella Boyd, 2019
Contraband by Phil Goss, 2018

Preparing for What

Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Tom Anholt, Jack Burton, Gabriella Boyd & Phil Goss

26 April – 22 May 2019

Preparing for What is a group exhibition of new works on paper from six British painters born between 1981 and 1988. These artists form a loose, cable-knit klatch of friends, family, and peers at London art schools over the past fifteen years. The works on display describe the painter’s daily acts: experimentation; repetition; investigation; notation; practice.

At a small scale, Tom Anholt's passion for decoration and the history of mark-making can be satisfied at a joyful, heightened tempo, to be resolved more deliberately, and with the whole body, later on. Nick Goss watercolours are a hotline to the subconscious, a library of moments articulated as quickly as they were glanced in daily life, perhaps to be rediscovered in his large, rich canvases. These works reveal artists who tend to dream and drift, constructing mountains of memories and living on them whenever they can.

Nicholas Hatfull's iPad drawings, exhibited here for the first time, allow for his observations of the natural and constructed world to carry a synthetic, clinical tang that he may then pervert and restore in paint. Jack Burton's works on paper express the intellectuals first step from brain to page, a release of vulnerable, coded and esoteric thoughts about labour and consumption, put into visual form to see whether they translate and may speak to others. The mediated image and the filtered message prove in these artworks to be everyday phenomena and no big deal, the natural lens through which we now receive and communicate information.

Gabriella Boyd’s studies allow her to examine the emotional and psychological effect of gesture and line: the weight of a dying mark; the surrender to absorbency and spread; the fragility of an outline, which demarcates and contains while being infringed upon from both sides. Phil Goss portable paintings are an imperative to be with his subjects, to smell low tide or shuffle train tickets on a tabletop, to feel these moments and to let them dictate the conditions under which they’re captured. Presence is paramount in these works — discovering through doing.

Gabriella Boyd (b. 1988, Glasgow) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2017.

Nick Goss (b. 1981, Bristol) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2009.

Jack Burton (b. 1988, Barry) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2017.

Nicholas Hatfull (b. 1984, Tokyo) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2011.

Phil Goss (b. 1983, Bristol) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2013.

Tom Anholt (b. 1987, London) graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2010.