Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Simon Lewty

The SIGNificance of Writing

28 April – 10 July 2016

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Main Gallery

Jack Milroy

Cut Out – Works 1973-2016

Exhibition and book launch

Opening 5 September 2016

Art First presents a major survey show of the work of Jack Milroy, from his early, 2D found-object ‘deconstructions’ of the 1970’s to the grand-scale 3D sculptural works of the past 20 years. This landmark exhibition coincides with the release of the monograph on Milroy’s work and practice ‘Cut Out’ - published by Black Dog Publishing.

Jack Milroy, Dance in Time, 2004, cut and constructed print on paper, 27 x 125 x 25.5 cm Jack Milroy, Strip, 1996, cut spent paint tubes, 110 x 21 cm Jack Milroy, The Dream of the Customs Officer II, 2016,  cut and constructed print on paper, 90 x 115 x 39 cm Jack Milroy, The Librarian’s Aviary, 2015, 106 x 116 x 16 cm Jack Milroy, Jack Milroy, Procession, 1975, torn and reconstructed stamps, 9.6 x 8 cm Jack Milroy, Goldfish Bowl, 1982, crumpled map pages, goldfish bowl, 25 x 32 x 32 cm



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Collage Works 1982 – 1986

Opening 5 September 2016

Art First presents the first study exhibition covering a singular and remarkable area of Barns-Graham’s practice.

The intimate works in this exhibition were created by building the surfaces with multi-additions of very small, punchy paper dots or cut rectangles and strips, with which the artist achieved astonishing patterns of movement and depth. The group emanates partly from the confines of a period of ill-health, during which the small scale and ‘made at the table’ answered a need, and inspired a new form of expression.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Birsay II, 1982, acrylic on hardboard (collage), 35.5 x 106 cm Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Crail 5, 1984, oil and acrylic on card, 15.5 x 45.5 cm Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Number 28, Painting in Relief, 1982, oil and acrylic on card (collage), 13.8 x 20 cm Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Collage 140, 1983, acrylic on card and board, 17.7 x 24 cm