Here are some snapshots taken during the installation of Paul Coldwell: A Layered Practice – Graphic Works 1993-2012, during 10th and 11th January 2013. The effect of seeing Paul’s work in the gallery has been revelatory – there is a clear sense of artistic progression through the oeuvre, but also thematic resonances across time and across the space of the gallery. The bronzes knit everything together, forming a three-dimensional version of the constellations traced in the prints on the walls.
The catalogue for Paul Coldwell’s exhibition at Studio 3 Gallery is now available to purchase online for £10 at:
There are only 5 more days to see John Blackburn’s And God Cryed. Studio 3 Gallery will remain open until 7pm from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 December during this last week.
There will also be a round-table discussion about the exhibition on Tuesday 11 December at 5pm led by Frances Guerin (Head of Film at Kent) and Professor Martin Hammer (History & Philosophy of Art at Kent). John Blackburn will be present.
Comments left in the Visitor Book for this exhibition include:
Utterly astonishing, overwhelming, almost unbearably moving, how can one man have produced so much work of such power and quality in such a short time? Being reminded so forcefully of all man’s inhumanities is deeply uncomfortable, but also so very necessary. Thank you so much, John.
Astonishing. Thank you so very much.
Incredibly powerful images – very thought provoking.
A wonderfully distracting and inspiring lunch time treat. Incredibly thought provoking.
Otherworldly, haunting – clear ambition and diversity.
The best abstract expressionist I have come across – inspirational.
Impressive. Thought provoking.
What a man. What a painter. From strength to strength…
The art is dark and evokes a strange feeling.
Most moving exhibition. Mind provoking, haunting. Food for thought.
Simply stunningly spiritual.
Completely in awe…
A Layered Practice – Graphic Works 1993-2012
14 January – 5 April 2013
Studio 3 Gallery is delighted to present as our new exhibition in 2013 the first major retrospective of the artist Paul Coldwell.
For Coldwell, who is Professor at Chelsea College of Art & Design (UAL), this exhibition represents a return to Canterbury where he first trained as an artist. He is best known as a pioneer of digital printmaking, establishing an international reputation that has seen him frequently represent the UK at major print events such as the Ljubljana Print Biennial, the International Print Triennial at Cracow, and the Northern Print Biennial.
Coldwell uses the computer to weave together layered images that poignantly address themes of memory and identity, exile and loss. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to follow Coldwell’s development as a printmaker from conventional etchings to recent digitally designed work resulting in inkjet prints, by displaying representative series of prints from the 1990s to the present day. There is also a three-dimensional side to Coldwell’s practice, and a number of his sculptural works in bronze will be displayed along with the prints.
Paul Coldwell also has an international reputation as a print scholar and curator. He is the author of the acclaimed book Printmaking: a contemporary perspective (2010) and is a regular contributor to the journals Print Quarterly and Art in Print. A long-term collaborator of Paula Rego’s, Coldwell has also written knowledgeably about her printmaking practice. He was the curator of the major exhibition Morandi’s Legacy: Influences on British Art at the Estorick Collection, which traced connections between the art of Giorgio Morandi and British artists like Michael Craig-Martin, Patrick Caulfield and Tony Cragg.
Studio 3 curator, Ben Thomas said: ‘the print is now treated more seriously as an artistic medium by both artists and critics. Because of its hybrid and versatile nature – its quickness to adapt to technological change – the print can even claim to be defining the domain of contemporary art practice. Paul Coldwell has been consistently at the forefront of this shift in attitudes towards the contemporary print, whether as an artist or as a print scholar and curator’.
The exhibition will move on to the Stephen Lawrence Gallery at the University of Greenwich – with whom Studio 3 Gallery are delighted to be working in partnership for the first time – where it will run from 14 June – 11 July 2013.
A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition is available, with essays by Ben Thomas and Christian Rümelin (Keeper of Prints and Drawings of the Cabinet d’arts graphiques in Geneva), and a commentary on his work by the artist.
For further information about the artist see:
For the Stephen Lawrence Gallery see:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GALLERY WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER BETWEEN 3pm AND 5PM. This is because it will be in use for a UCAS visit day. There may be some disruption in the gallery before and after these times. Visitors are welcome to view the paintings around the Jarman Building during this time.
One of the most ‘vital and exhilarating’ English painters of modern times, John Blackburn, has a new exhibition opening at the University of Kent on 24 September 2012.
Entitled And God Cryed, the exhibition will run at the University’s Studio 3 Gallery until 14 December 2012. Admission is free and it’s open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Studio 3 gallery curator Ben Thomas said: ‘The title of the Studio 3 exhibition And God Cryed refers to the Holocaust, and is also one of a series of very personal texts deployed in a group of ‘black’ paintings executed in a variety of materials including pitch (and exhibited here for the first time).
‘In a way these works see Blackburn returning to the concerns of his earliest authentic artistic statements, the Encaustic Paintings made in New Zealand in the late 1950s.
‘Around this group of new pieces, and spilling out of the gallery and throughout the Jarman Building, a wide range of recent paintings are displayed, proving that at 80 Blackburn remains one of the most vital and exhilarating painters working today.’
According to Blackburn his abstract paintings have their roots in the human condition: ‘I suppose, that’s what my painting’s about’, he says, ‘life itself is terribly dangerous, terribly cruel, terribly rewarding. All these things at once. This multi-faceted, wonderful jewel – which we all live with and die with – is there. We’re saddled with it, like it or not.’
Martin Hopkinson writes in the catalogue essay of Blackburn’s recent paintings: ‘The blackness, the words of the inscriptions, and their partial obliteration all express Blackburn’s deep concerns with the human condition and human behavior, but they should not be read as indicating a bleak outlook on life, as anybody meeting and conversing with this ebullient man, still burning with energy, soon realizes. He has engaged in a lifelong struggle in ‘a dangerous place’, facing significant decisions for his art every few minutes, as he strives to stay on the right side of the very fine line between success and failure’.
The exhibition is organized in association with Osborne Samuel: http://www.osbornesamuel.com/
Diana Crampton’s article in Kent Life: http://kent.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/kent-artist-of-the-month-john-blackburn-littlebourne-43220/
Olivia Martin’s film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAjCMk-KLw0
After four days of hard work by the University of Kent’s Estates department, the installation of John Blackburn’s paintings in Studio 3 Gallery and throughout the Jarman Building is now complete. We have also taken delivery of the beautiful catalogue produced by Footprint Innovations, and kindly funded by Osborne Samuel, our partners in putting on this exhibition.
Also, Kent student Olivia Martin has finished editing her short film in which John Blackburn speaks in his studio about the creative process and the new series of “black paintings” which are at the heart of the Studio 3 Gallery exhibition. You can watch the film by following this link:
The Private View takes place on Saturday 22 September from 6-8pm, and the exhibition formally opens on Monday 24 September 2012.
An exhibition of Digital Sculpture, ‘Materiality and Beyond’, is presented by Sumita Chauhan in Studio3 Gallery, School of Arts, Jarman Building, University of Kent from 28th to 31st August. This exhibition is based on her research reviewing the basic elements of Digital Sculpture ascertaining what is seen and how it is seen and exposing the shifting patterns of visual understanding in digital technology. This will facilitate finding out whether the embodied and perceptual experience in relation to a Digital Sculpture and the surrounding space becomes fundamental to understanding the quality of sculpture rather than emphasizing the materiality of an artwork and its tactile engagement.
We are currently working on the catalogue for John Blackburn’s ‘And God Cryed’ which will open on Monday 24th September 2012. These beautiful photographs of John’s latest works from the black series, which will be at the heart of the exhibition, give a taster of what promises to be a wonderful exhibition. Thank you to John Slater for permission to use his photographs.
Underground maps – real and imaginary – will be the focus of a new exhibition opening at the University of Kent on Tuesday 3 July.
The exhibition, titled ‘Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design’ takes place in the Studio 3 Gallery on the University’s Canterbury campus.
The exhibition uses the iconic London Underground map, designed by Henry Beck in 1933, to explore how map design could be improved. It features experimental and rule-breaking map illustrations by Dr Maxwell Roberts, a researcher at the University of Essex.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Diagrams 2012 Conference, an international forum for the study of diagrams, running at the University of Kent from 2-6 July.
Conference organiser, Dr Peter Rodgers, Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Computing, commented: ‘Maps in all their different guises fascinate people all over the world. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the results of Maxwell Roberts’ extensive research on fresh approaches to map design.’
The exhibition runs from 3 – 27 July and will be open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free. To find out more about Max Roberts’ work, see http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~mjr/underground/exhibitions/exhibitions.html.
- John Blackburn, ‘And God Cryed’, 24 September – 14 December 2012
- Paul Coldwell, Prints and Sculpture, 14 January – 5 April 2013
- Resilience and Light: Contemporary Palestinian Art, 11 April – 18 May 2013
- Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture, 30 September – 20 December 2013
For further information about these exhibitions please consult the Studio 3 category on the Words for Pictures blog: