We were invited to the private view of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016 Exhibition at Jerwood Space, a lovely gallery in Union St close to Southwark tube station. This is the third year that the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has awarded bursaries of £10,000 to three talented young painters, along with mentorship with established UK painters, to develop their work and ideas. There were over 400 applicants for this year’s fellowships; the three chosen are Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis.
I was able to chat to Dale, who was obviously very excited about the opportunity the Fellowship provides, and I learnt that he has just had a very successful exhibition in New York. His paintings are on huge canvases with humorous, and sometimes disturbing images.
Archie Franks was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting in 2013 and has exhibited in a number of group shows since. He has produced several works with a dream-like quality for this exhibition.
Francesca Blomfield has already had a solo exhibition in London, along with several group shows, and here you can see her use of bright colours, along with a series developing linear themes in our headline photo.
I enjoyed the exhibition very much – all three artists are at a stage where experimentation and development are important, but they’ve produced works of artistic merit which challenge and entertain. If you’re interested in seeing young and emerging artistic talent I’d recommend a visit to Jerwood Space. The exhibition continues until 19th June and then goes on tour with shows in Bournemouth, Cardiff and Norwich.
Jerwood Space, 171 Union St SE1 0LN
With thanks to Shonagh Manson of Jerwood Space and Rachel Coombes of Parker Harris Partnership