JAMES COLLINS // LEWIS-JOHN HENDERSON // RAE HICKS // BEN STEPHENSON
Private View: 12-6pm, Saturday 6 February, 2016
The Averard Hotel, 10 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LH
Exhibition Dates: 6 February - 28 February (inclusive), open Thu-Sun, 12-6pm
“And first we shall say what remains to be said about painting, an art that was formerly illustrious, at the time when it was in high demand with kings and nations and when it ennobled others whom it deigned to transmit to posterity. But at the present time it has been entirely ousted by marbles, and indeed finally also by gold and not only to the point that whole walls are covered – we have also marble pieces carved in wriggling lines to represent objects and animals,”
Pliny the Elder, c.79 AD
‘Four Painters’ is a group exhibition of paintings by four young British painters living and working in London. Exuberant use of colour, appropriation of screen imagery and a wry sense of humour unite the seven paintings shown here. Wordplay with pigments, these paintings can function like verbal-visual jokes which undermine singular readings of their visual content. The attitude to the history of painting is equally serious and irreverent. ‘Four Painters’ is part of the second edition of exhibitions at the Averard Hotel.
James Collins is currently on the MA painting at the Royal College of Art. He graduated from Wimbledon in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Demimonde (group). Lewis-John Henderson graduated from Camberwell (BA Painting) in 2015. Recent exhibitions include the Griffin Art Prize 2015 and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ at Display Gallery in Holborn (group). Rae Hicks graduated from Goldsmiths (BA Painting) in 2013. Recent exhibitions include the John Moores Painting Prize in 2014, and ‘Red Dog, Black Wolf, Will You Remember Your Name?’ at Pi Artworks in 2015. Ben Stephenson graduated from Wimbledon in 2015. Recent exhibitions include ‘Spaghetti Western and Other Short Stories’ (2015).
About of the Averard Hotel:
The Averard Hotel stands at the western end of the Lancaster Gate development. Built in English Baroque with French mannerist touches in the 1850s, Lancaster Gate was popular with wealthy families. The 1920s saw its grand homes divided into flats and hotel rooms, and the introduction of Art Deco interiors. The Averard Hotel has been stripped back to reveal its multi-layered history in a state of arrested decay, as it awaits renovation into luxury flats. An exhibition programme, hosting a series of projects by international galleries, curators and artists, is taking place until October 2016.