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9th January 2019

York College Gallery proudly presents a new exhibition by successful artist and York College alumni, Philip Gurrey.

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Philip’s exhibition, titled Resurface, expresses a number of issues at the heart of his thinking process. He explains: “The relationship between the painting and its object is a theme that has resurfaced for me time and time again and it is something first investigated in British painting by the Situation painters of the 1960s. Gillian Ayres & John Hoyland et al. This resurfacing of history has also had a profound effect on understanding art’s relationship to politics and morality. Walter Benjamin’s Thesis on the Philosophy of History dispels the idea of history as a fixed, permanent entity. Benjamin champions the temporal nature of history, forever shifting in its relationship to the present, something to be wrestled with a new, every day. Resurface also refers directly to many of the themes within the works themselves, linking image to surface, perspective and colour.”

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Philip’s exhibition takes inspiration from Charles Francis Daubigny’s seascapes and drives understanding of painting as image, as far into its objectness as possible. Are we looking at a seascape with depth, perspective, distance and time attributed to it or do we stand in front of a painted object, a surface or colour? The texture bears no relationship to image or illusion whatsoever. The works are trapped between a romantic notion of arts relationship to image, time and the transcendental on the one hand, and on the other - concrete notions of space, presence, weight and objectness.

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Born in York (1984), Philip Gurrey completed his A Levels at York College in 2003 (Fine Art, Music and English Literature) and then completed his undergraduate degree in Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in 2007.

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In 2008 he was awarded the PULSE prize in New York given to emerging artists of distinction. He completed his Masters of Letters Degree in Painting and Printmaking with distinction in 2012. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles and the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London. He has work in the Fondation Francès collection in Senlis, France, the Mercer Art Gallery collection in Harrogate and the Pathfoot Collection at the University of Stirling. More recently he has exhibited at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Nottingham. Philip also works as a visiting lecturer and tutor.

‘Resurface’ runs from 9th January – 7th February 2019 in the York College Gallery.


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