Lot 294 - Nicholas Wyatt - The Anchoress
Watercolour, ink and acrylic on paper
Signed on Verso
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Dr Nicholas Wyatt is a founding member of Cubitt, an artist-run gallery and studios in London which has gained an international recognition and receives public funding.
Nicholas Wyatt’s paintings explore how narratives of presence are communicated in painting with particular reference to the reception aesthetics of certain key examples of Baroque religious iconography. Nicholas has exhibited at Victoria Miro, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf; Academia Italiana, London, Galerie de Rijk, Netherlands, Basilica Santa Anastasia Al Palatino, Rome and and with Cubitt Artists at London Art Fair. He has shown work with Peter Doig, Petra van Harte, Tacita Dean, Mariele Neudecker, Neal Tait, Henriette van t'Hoog, Uwe Esser, Howard Rogers, Nelson Diplexcito and Jan Kolata. His work in public collections includes CCR Collection, Palazzo Calista, The Vatican and Stadt Sparkasse Bank, Dusseldorf and private collections in UK, Netherlands and Germany.
He has curated international exhibitions - Crosscurrents, the Netherlands, 1993; Sconfinamenti, Italy 1995-97; After the Endgame - New Abstraction, Amsterdam 2008. In 1997 with Simon Morley, he founded The Friedrich Society (an artist debating society on the legacy of German Romanticism in contemporary practice) and co-curated the Wreck of Hope exhibition at The Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London. He has given conference papers in his area of research at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Loughborough University.
2009-2015. PhD. Loughborough University. Thesis (practice-based): The Christian Image & Contemporary British Painting. (The communication of Meaning and Experience in Religious Paintings)
1981-1984 Central St Martins School of Art, London. BA Hons Fine Art (Painting)
2023 Cubitt Artists at London Art Fair
2022 Cubitt 30 Victoria Miro Gallery London
2022 Cubitt 30 Victoria Miro online in association with Vortic Art
2022 St. Ives Society of Artists Spring exhibition.
2021 Art on a Postcard Winter Auction
2021 The Art of Painting, Copeland Gallery, London
2017 Angels & The City, Cubitt Salon #10, Cubitt, London (Petra van Harte)
2017 Basilica Santa Anastasia al Palatino, Rome,
2014 Nicholas Wyatt. Loughborough University. (solo)
2013 Research as Practice. Beaconsfield Gallery, London.
2008 True Romance, Galerie Anton, The Hague.
2007 After the Endgame-New Abstraction. R.C. de Ruimte, Amsterdam
2005 Nicholas Wyatt Showcase nl. Amsterdam. (solo)
2003 Nicholas Wyatt. Galerie de Rijk, The Hague
2003 Lonely this Christmas. James Windsor Art, London
2000 Nicholas Wyatt. Azul Galerie, The Hague. (solo),
2000 The Wreck of Hope. The Nunnery Gallery, London.
1999. Where do You Want to Go Today? Cubitt, London (Petra van Harte)
1997 Sconfinamenti. Accademia Italiana, London
1996 Grosse Kunst Austellung, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf
1996 Nicholas Wyatt. Ateliers Hoherweg, Dusseldorf (solo)
1996 The Question of Scale. Arnolfini, Bristol.
1993 Crosscurrents, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam (TENT)
1991 Hearts Desire. Knapp Gallery, London (solo)
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The paintings I have submitted for Art on a Postcard Winter Auction 2023 - 'Tippi at Cooling' and 'The Anchoress' - are examples of my current painting practice, which relates two systems of thought routinely dissociated by modern secular concepts and values: religion and aesthetics. My paintings propose an intervention, not in what is generally regarded as a defunct system of vision - religious imagery - but an intervention in the discourses of a contemporary visual system: - the contemporary painted image - and conflates those historical idioms with contemporary secular visual systems such as fashion photography and cinema.
‘Tippi at Cooling’ is very much about a genius loci –‘spirit of place’ – in this case the low-lying marshlands of Cooling in Kent. Across this landscape the figure of the American actress, Tippi Hedren walks, carrying a bird cage. Above her a small group of birds is thrown into relief by the stormy sky. The scene depicted is based on a personal memory.
‘The Anchoress’ is a smaller version of a larger studio painting which presents a 1930’s fashion model holding lilies against a dark and contemplative background. The image suggested to me a similar sense of genius loci – ‘spirit of place’ – in this case the devotional cell of a mediaeval anchorite (e.g., St. Julian) These paintings explore the contemporary communication of meaning and experience in religious paintings (the visionary, the religious ecstatic).
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