Throughout his long career as an artist and senior lecturer at St. Martins School of Art and then Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Roy Trollope (1933-2008) challenged the assumptions of fine art practice. He drew on a vivid intellectual and creative imagination to explore and experiment with technique and subject matter in work which is always beautiful and meticulously executed.
These attributes are perfectly demonstrated in these figurative drawings and paintings, some of which are shown here, that he made between 1989 and 1997 when he was responding to unexpected and life changing circumstances in his life. It was a time of reflection when he was considering a range of issues such as childhood, emerging sexuality and the construction of masculinity. The work is also a personal response to a time of separation, loss and new beginnings.
The unique, beautifully crafted and iconic visual images are presented in a series of pictorial tales using a magical and moving visual vocabulary which transcends the very personal nature of the work enabling viewers to connect to an evocative drama about the human landscape.
Selwyn Leamy is a London based artist who's work focuses on the spaces and architecture of his experience, particularly the suburban world of his childhood. Painting in household gloss on aluminium and canvas, his works are anonymous and void of human presence but characterised by a quiet dramatic tension; a pregnant sense of something having just happened or being just about to happen.
Thomas Gregor McGehee, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a London based artist who's work is largely abstract. He uses oils on both canvas and paper. Colour, texture and abstract forms are his focus along with semi-abstract portraits, still life works and landscapes, the latter often inspired by the London parks.