Rachel Jones & Nicholas Pope (LISTE 2020)

14 - 26 September 2020

We are excited to announce our reopening on the 14th of September with a two-person presentation of works by Rachel Jones and Nicholas Pope. Originally planned for Liste 2020 the presentation will instead span both spaces at The Sunday Painter in Vauxhall and will run from 12-6 Monday to Saturday from the 14th until the 26th of September. Social distancing measures will be in place, please wear a mask if you wish to attend the exhibition.


Rachel Jones presents four new works that explore her relationship with the Black Interior. Using painting as a form of interrogation, Jones ​uses symbols and motifs ​to explore representations of blackness, which through explorative colour combinations and intuitive forms, are rendered as larger than life images of mouths and teeth. Made with oil sticks and oil pastels, these works develop Jones’ approach to using colour as a form of visual language. Through the use of vivid colour formations and gestural marks that struggle to stay contained on the torn and pinned canvas, Jones brings to life images that portray an autonomous, multiplicitous and fervent inner landscape.


Rachel Jones (b.1991 in London) completed her BA Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and an MA Fine Art at Royal Academy of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the UK at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, the New Art Centre and institutions such as the Royal Scottish Academy. She was artist in residence at The Chinati Foundation (2019) and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in (2016).


Nicholas Pope’s work references complicated themes of spirituality, belief, death and society. The works are personal, infused with intimacy, or a ‘sticky intimacy’ as he puts it, occupying an uncomfortable space between the sacred and the profane. Pope came to prominence in the 1970s and early 1980s for his large-scale sculptures made of wood, metal, stone, sheet lead or chalk. Pope’s work from the 1970s has a powerful abstract quality that is softened by his use of natural materials, chalk and wood. Fifteen Holes was completed in 1981, made from a single Elm which was carved into fifteen rings, each brimming with character with some swollen and misshapen and others balancing precariously, all with a rough repetitious surface, a gesture typical of his work up until the present day.


Nicholas Pope b.1949. Lives and Works in Ledbury and London, UK.  Selected past exhibitions include Sticky Intimacy, Chapter, Cardiff, UK, 2016, Baldock Pope Zahle, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK , 2016, Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues, (In collaboration with New Art Centre) Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, UK, 2014, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, 2014, New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK, 2013, The Ten Commandments in Flowing Light, Art & Project, Slootdorp, The Netherlands, 2001, Art Now: Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues, Tate Gallery, London, UK, 1996,  Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1992; Waddington Galleries, London, UK, 1986; Nicholas Pope: Wax Drawings and Sculpture, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 1982;  Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands, 1981; British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 1980; Summer Show 3, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 1976; Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1976; The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1975.