Lot 139 - Bex Massey - Hawez!
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Massey’s practice incorporates figurative painting and installation. She uses collage and traditional making techniques to discuss ideas surrounding value. Reoccurring themes surrounding this ‘value’ are intersectional feminist issues, the post digital and British subcultures. Recent series have discussed the beginnings of misogyny with the Pandora myth (‘We didn’t start the fire’ (solo) 2020); social media and the echo chambers created within ('Primaries', 2021) and current more autobiographical series (‘The truth is out there’ (solo) 2022) which discusses ‘Section 28’and its impact on a generation of Queer teens.
Chelsea College of Art
Selected recent exhibitions: 2020 - We didn’t start the fire, (SOLO) VOLT Eastbourne; Pop Now, Gallery 46, London; Body Politic, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich. 2021 - Play and the post peak, The Factory, London; The Big Show, Good Mother Gallery, San Francisco; Everywoman, Superchief Gallery, New York. 2022 - Hyper Contemporary, Hasbrook Galleries, Milwaukee; Instagram Live, 19 Karen, Queensland; Kunst the clown and friends, Lebenson Gallery, Paris and The truth is out there, (SOLO) Roman Road Gallery, London.
Shortlisted awards: ‘The Signature Art Prize’ (2014), ‘Young Masters Art Prize’ (2014), ‘The Taking Shape Prize (2016), ‘Blooom Award’ (2016) and received the ‘Butterbiggens Prize in British Painting’ in 2019 and ‘Repaint History’ in 2021.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
‘Hawez’ and ‘Nah Man’ are largely based on the same titled ‘Hawez, Nah Man!’ diptych from 2020.
I chose to refashion a study from this canvas for AOAP as when I think of post cards I think of travel and contacting loved ones. Both of these delights were curtailed in 2020 due to Covid 19. ‘Hawez, Nah Man’ was in my solo show ‘We didn’t start the fire’ at VOLT, Eastbourne that year. The show was extended for two months but only physically open for a week due to two national lockdowns. Although a very limited number of people were able to see the work IRL prints of which sold quickly through the Artist Support Pledge and enabled me to connect with people again virtually and physically whilst queuing for/posting the items.
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