Approved: 23.02.2017

Robert Fitzmaurice

Artist, Curator

Approved: 23.02.2017

Working with inherited memories and other people's narratives deconstructed and reimagined gives me a framework to explore figurative conventions across cultures. I create figures that are somehow at odds with their environment or each other, perhaps caught in a dramatic entanglement or tableau. In recent work figures seem to emerge or retreat from their surroundings with their entrances

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      Artist Statement

      Working with inherited memories and other people's narratives deconstructed and reimagined gives me a framework to explore figurative conventions across cultures. I create figures that are somehow at odds with their environment or each other, perhaps caught in a dramatic entanglement or tableau. In recent work figures seem to emerge or retreat from their surroundings with their entrances and exits achieved through the intersection of strange morphologies that shift with every reading.

      CV & Education

      BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

      1960 Born Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
      Since 1984 lives and works in Reading, Berkshire

      1984-86 University of Reading, MFA (Painting)
      1983-84 Studio with Sunderland Artists Group
      1980-83 Sunderland Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class)
      1979-80 Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic

      SOLO EXHIBITIONS

      2021 Relations, Stories, Magic, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
      2019 NO EDEN, Greenham Common Control Tower, Newbury  
      2018 Companion Pieces, no format Gallery, Deptford  
      2018 SOLDIER, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere  
      2017 To & Fro ??, Peacock Gallery, Reading  
      2016 The peace which passes..., OHOS, Reading  
      2013 The Heart’s Long Coast, More Arts, Wokingham  
      2011 Recent paintings, Meller Merceux Gallery, Oxford  
      2011 From here on in, Corn Exchange, Newbury  
      1988 Artist of the Day, Angela Flowers Gallery, London

      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

      2022
      Altered States, Shaw House, Newbury
      Of Geometry and Gods, Side by Side, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere
      SFSA Drawing Open, no format Gallery, Deptford

      2021
      TILT 2021, Hoxton Gallery, London
      Absent Authors, APT Gallery, London

      2020  
      Hastings Open, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings  
      After the Pandemic - Visions for Radical Renewal, Swarm Dynamics, Are.na  
      HouseBound: Bathroom, CAS, curated by Susan Francis  

      2019  
      SFSA Painting Open, no format Gallery, Deptford  
      35th Annual Open, Southwark Park Galleries, London  
      In Reading Gaol by Reading Town, Turbine House, Riverside Museum, Reading  
      Creekside Open, selected by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, London  
      Triangulations, OHOS, Reading  

      2018  
      SFSA Painting Open, Deptford, London  
      Imago, OHOS, Reading  
      Diptych, Triptych, Polyptych, PS Mirabel, Manchester  
      Open Exhibition, NN Contemporary, Northampton

      2017
      Winter Salon: Power Play, The Concept Space, London
      Rye Winter Salon, Rye Creative Centre, Rye, Sussex
      SFSA Painting Open, No Format Gallery, London
      Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
      As it stands, 100 Years Gallery, London
      Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester
      New Prints / Summer, IPC, New York
      Chaos, Contrasts, Change, OHOS, Reading

      2016
      4th Intl Juried Print, New Grounds Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
      Shifting States, Espacio Gallery, London
      Innervisions, International Print Center, New York
      RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
      Spectrum, PS Mirabel, Manchester

      2015
      MONO II, Espacio Gallery, London
      Desire Lines, OHOS, Reading
      Print as Verb, OHOS, Reading
      Colour & Materials, Espacio Gallery, London
      TwitterArtExhibit, Moss, Norway

      2014
      Heaven + Hell, Espacio Gallery, London
      Hanging Tough, OHOS, Reading
      A Book about Death, Royal Cambrian Society, Wales
      Constellation, Reading Museum and Art Gallery
      Original Print Fair, Espacio Gallery, London

      2013
      Strata, Espacio Gallery, London
      Emergence, Espacio Gallery, London

      2012

      Original Print Fair, Espacio Gallery, London
      Face to Face, Espacio Gallery, London
      Viewpoints, Espacio Gallery, London
      Echo, OHOS, Reading

      2011
      Would you like and why not? OHOS, Reading
      Take off, New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury
      Send Me A Postcard Darling, The Red Gate Gallery, London
      NUIT BLANCHE: Parcel Fever, OHOS, Reading

      2009
      KAMIEN (Stone) e-mail Art Project, MOKSiR Chelmek, Poland

      1994-2000
      Numerous shows at the Jelly Leg'd Chicken Gallery, Reading

      1988
      Berkshire Artists Group Show, Windsor Arts Centre
      1987
      Four Painters, Darlington Arts Centre
      Take Six, Chisenhale Studios, London

      1986
      Three Painters, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough
      1983
      Sunderland Artists Group Show, Washington Arts Centre
      Northern Artists, Gallery Seven, Newcastle
      Tyne Tees Northern Open, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle and tour
      Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Manchester
      1982
      Engelsk Grafikk, Gallery F15, Norway

      AWARDS
      2017 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
      1983 Purchase prize, Tyne Tees Northern Open
      1982 First prize in Magnolia Mouldings National Landscape Competition

      CURATION AND PROJECTS
      2016 WordUp! Multi-site collaboration with Peter Driver for Reading's Year of Culture
      2013 Curation and installation of Searching, Always @Gallery49, Bracknell

      COLLECTIONS
      Sunderland University
      Magnolia Mouldings
      Reading University
      Angela Flowers Gallery
      Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
      And private collections in UK, Europe and China


      PUBLICATIONS, TALKS & MEDIA

      2018: SOLDIER: art & poetry with readings by Adrian Blamires, Sandham Memorial Chapel
      2018: Editorial Team selection for ArtMaze Mag, issue 6, January
      2017: Featured image in Discerning Eye catalogue
      2016: Forms of Exchange, talk on the journey from source to motif, New Greenham Arts
      2015: Eliza's Entertainments, images to accompany poetry by Adrian Blamires
      2015: Cover to Cover, a sketchbook project, ISBN 978-0-9932232-1-1
      2014: Interview on the Palette Pages
      2014: Transformations, a contemporary working of Ovid's Metamorphoses, ISBN 978-1-292-68852-8
      2014: Heaven + Hell, exhibition catalogue with an introductory essay by Anna McNay
      2012: FAD News Q&A
      2010: FROM HERE ON IN exhibition catalogue, with an introductory essay by Adrian Blamires
      1988: Artist of the Day, exhibition catalogue, Angela Flowers Gallery