Jerwood Space
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN
Jerwood Visual Arts

Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis were selected from over 400 applicants to undertake a yearlong mentorship with three eminent UK painters: Phoebe Unwin, Jane Harris and Dan Coombs respectively.

Each Fellow also received a £10,000 bursary to support the development of their work and ideas.This is the third edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships, launched by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2010 to provide critical support for exceptional painters embarking on their professional careers. The works, which are showing for the first time, demonstrate a significant leap forward for each of the Fellows.  

Francesca Blomfield’s latest series of works take limousine interiors, Tagliatelle, and human hair as the basis for experimenting with colour systems and painterly textures. Over the past year she has been incorporating text into her paintings, adding a narrative dimension, which she has also begun to supplement with accompanying text publications.

Archie Franks manipulates familiar motifs, from both the art historical past and contemporary life, to produce dreamlike paintings that give form to intangible and allusive sensations. As a result his works often exude a haunting, gothic feel, regardless of how elevated or commonplace the subject matter.

Drawing largely upon personal memories and associations, Dale Lewis’s large-scale works are both humorous and unsettling. Focusing on banal and under-represented aspects of life, the vigour and energy with which the works are made complement the rawness of the urban environments he depicts.