Aesthetica Magazine Art Prize
Lesley Hilling has been shortlisted out of over 3,500 entries from artists working in 70 countries worldwide for the 10th Aesthetica Art Prize. The shortlist comprises 16 artists working in a range of media, whose selected pieces are exhibited at York Art Gallery from 26 May to 10 September.
From individual narratives to global concerns, the artworks comment on contemporary culture and explore themes such as globalisation, perceptions of space and alienation in the digital age. The shortlisted artists hail from diverse locations such as Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the USA and the UK, representing international artistic talent.
The London Art Fair 2017
These are parts of a long piece I am making for the London Art Fair. It is several metres long and graduates from white wood to black. It’s temporary name is Horizon. Come and see the finished piece at The Knight Webb Gallery (stand 37) from the 18th to the 22nd of January.
Green Creates is an art auction to raise money for the Green Party. It takes place on 18th October from 10 am til 8pm at Hoxton Arches, 402 Cremer Street, London E2.
I’ve donated Sphere11, which is the eleventh in a series of different sized spheres made of things that people had thrown away – from old toys to dried up onions. I hope this work shows that art can be made from anything, not only art but lots of things we throw away can be put to a good use. Often things made from recycled materials are more interesting and beautiful and can trigger good ideas.
El Barrio means the neighbourhood in Spanish and this piece is part of a series where I am looking at how our cities are built. In this series of work I question how things are constructed and what happens over time as they are continuously altered, modified and replaced. El Barrio, while suggesting the built environment also explores the objects with which we surround ourselves.
In A Silent Way at Volta 12 Basel Switzerland
June 13-18, 2016
In A Silent Way was a collaboration between myself and Anders Knutsson, who is also represented by the Knight Webb gallery.
Anders is Swedish, but lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a well known painter and his monochrome pictures hang in many museums and major collections across the world. We are both jazz fans and named the show after Miles Davis’ album In A Silent Way – feeling the title said much about the way we both work. In this seminal album Miles fused together jazz and rock and with our show we too wanted to blend our two very different practices.
The show originally took place at the Knight Webb gallery, South London in 2015 and this year in June we repeated it with new work at the art fair, Volta 12 in Basel, Switzerland.
Art16’s Emerge Installation Exhibition
Context Art Fair, New York
Position art fair, Berlin
London Art Fair 2016
The Knight Webb gallery has a stand every year at the London Art fair in Islington.
Art fairs are where galleries do most of their business and like artists applying to get into group shows galleries generally have to apply to be in an art fair. It’s also required that participants pay a large fee to participate in the fair.
Art Cologne opened in 1967 as a trade fair for classic modern and contemporary art, and the first American art fair was in 1976 in Washington. They’ve sprung up all over the world since then and are now an integral part of the art market.
I enjoy the London Art fair, it’s interesting to see all the galleries strutting their stuff and there is work by some amazing artists.
You can see a short film showing the pieces of mine that Rufus showed this year, for the longer film of the Knight Web gallery at the London Art fair here.
Human Nature is an art platform artists whose work has a strong connection to the environment. Started by Charlotte Webster in 2014, Human Nature opened with a group show in Hoxton, London. It went on the Bristol and Leeds and came back to London with another show in Soho.
As an artist who works with only recycled materials I’ve been lucky enough to be included in all of these shows. It’s been really enjoyable and Ive met some great people.
Shows at the Knight Webb Gallery
Lesley Hilling presents The Enigmatic World of Joseph Boshier, Standpoint Gallery 2013
This solo show of my alter ego took place at the Standpoint gallery, Hoxton, London in November of 2013. See the Joseph Boshier page for more information and the Standpoint gallery page for more images.
2012 solo show at the Nancy Victor gallery
The Nancy Victor gallery is in Fitzrovia, London. I designed the floor, made from various hardwoods and made the door to the gallery.