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The Bystanders

Arch 2, 2018
Oil on panel
50 x 60 cm
Encounter, 2007
The Studio Door, 2017-18
50 x 60 cm
Strange Garden, 2017
Oil on canvas
90 x 120 cm

Peter Ashton Jones, Dan Coombs and Covadonga Valdes

Exhibition: 6 – 27 October 2018

There is a Haiku poem by Matsuo Basho (1644-94) that talks about a frog sitting on a rock looking at a lily pond. The frog is the self and the lily pond represents a membrane of consciousness, and simultaneously, the world – the abstract and figurative world. It’s a question of when to jump, when to engage.

All three painters in this exhibition have been present (such as that is) for a reasonably significant period of time, and all three painters will show older work (roughly within a ten year span) with very recent work. The ‘sitting on the rock’ is more to do with their independent status, one which is both ‘reflective’ and ‘direct’, within and alongside a slow changing pluralistically evolving art world. The question about jumping is more to do with what they have committed to as painters, what they are committed to saying.

Curated by Peter Ashton Jones

Peter Ashton Jones lives and works in London, he is the co-founder of Turps Banana magazine and curator of a number of notable exhibitions for the Nunnery and Lion & Lamb galleries. Recent solo shows include Naive And Sentimental Paintings, The Eagle Gallery, London (2018), The Notebook, Mayor’s Parlour Gallery, London (2015), The Eye of the Blackbird, Standpoint Gallery, London (2011), Feasting Indoors, V22, London (2007). Selected group exhibitions: Part II: The Turning World Charlie Smith London(2017) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Charlie Smith London (2016) Discerning Eye (selected by Dan Coombs) Mall Galleries, London (2016) Turps Summer Show, Turps Gallery, London (2016).

Dan Coombs is an internationally exhibited painter who lives and works in London. He is one of the founders of The Turps Banana Painting Programme, an independent art school located in Camberwell, London. Recent solo shows include Nudes, New Art Projects (2014) Heaven and Earth at The Fine Art Society (2011), The Dreamers at Fred Gallery (2009), The Garden at Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2005), The Cornerhouse, Manchester (2002), and The Approach Gallery, London (in 2005, 2001, 1999 and 1997). Selected group exhibitions: Ghetto Anglaise, Observer Building, Hastings (2016), Suspicion, Jerwood Space, London (2014), From Fly on the Wall, To Fly in My Soup, Galerie Dukan, Paris, (2015) Anti Social Realism  Charlie Smith, London, (2015) Distorted Realities The Dot Project, London (2015) Art Britannia, Art Basel Miami (2013),  Dirty Pop, And Model, Leeds (2013).

Covadonga Valdés is a Spanish painter whose work is held in public and corporate collections in Spain, England and Sweden. Solo exhibitions include ‘EJE’ Foundation Bruno Alonso, Santander, Spain (2018), Vascular, Turps Gallery, London (2017), Galeria Arancha Osoro, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain (2017) and Angulo Gallery Oviedo, (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Reflections from a Distant Land Gallery 98, Ramsgate (2018), C4rd Caroming Show Centre for Contemporary Drawing, London (2018), Cloud Turps Gallery, London (2018), A Table of Elements Greystone Industries, Suffolk (2017), The Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London (2017) IX Encuentros Asturcántabros Casa de Cultura, Cangas de Onis, Spain (2017), The British Society of Self-Deprecation Cheng Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016), John Moores Painting Prize The Walker Gallery (2014).