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Gavin Lenaghan
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  • Middlesbrough
  • United Kingdom
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Gavin Lenaghan, artist and writer

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College / University
University of Teesside; Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Program / Degree
BA (Hons) Fine Art; UCPD Digital Arts; UCPD Digital Illustration; MA Future Arts
Member type
Artist, Critic, Curator, Museum
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
I am...
an artist, writer and current postgraduate fine art student. I am also a copywriter and regular museum and archive volunteer. I am a member of Middlesbrough Arts People; Northern Print Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne; and the arts collective established at Teesside University in 2009, CollectiveOne. I was awarded the Peter Hicks Prize for Landscape Painting on graduation from my BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree in 2008, and have written exhibition reviews in the past for the Teesside University Students' Union newspaper, P.T.O. and its successor, The Terrace Star, as well as the A-N Unedited website.
About my artwork
Drawings, printmaking, paintings and photography showcasing themes such as the ambiguity of representation, the organic and the question of the "natural", the human body and the landscape, threshold, edge, levels of cultural difference, congruence and understanding, the "non-place", genericism, distance, trepidation and fear, immediacy, accessibility and the spirit of the sketch, duality, repetition, loose inter-relation, performativeness, the relationship of the literary, analytical and/or lingual to the visual image and the free alteration of parameters. I often respond initially to self-made photographs of a given space.
Artists I like
Ondrea Barbe; Basil Beattie; Robert Bechtle; Vanessa Beecroft; William Blake; Katharina Bosse; Emily Cole; Salvador Dali; Edgar Degas; Elisa Lazo DeSantos; Lucia Ferrario; Dan Graham; Andreas Gursky; Gottfried Helnwein; Edward Hopper; Rebecca Horn; Christine Kessler; Leon Kossoff; Sir Peter Lely; Edouard Manet; John Martin; Katy Moran; Victor Pasmore; Jenessa Nye; Claes Oldenberg; Pablo Picasso; John Piper; Saelon Renkes; Sir Joshua Reynolds; Mark Rothko; Thomas Ruff; Vanessa Salle; Jenny Saville; George Shaw; Cindy Sherman; Thomas Struth; Wolfgang Tillmans; Spencer Tunick; Joseph Mallord William Turner; James Turrell; Euan Uglow; Coosje van Bruggen; Sir Anthony Van Dyck; Helen von Hochmuth; Ellen von Unwerth.
Interests
Drawing; Landscape; Literature; Local history; The Figure; Philosophy; Romanticism; World history
Centre of the artworld:
London, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere

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Thoughts on a visit to the Musee du Louvre (October 2009)

I was in Paris for the first time in early October 2009 and of my three days there, spent the majority of one of them in here.



We turned up at the Pyramide entrance at about 9:30am, when none of the anticipated monstrously sized queues actually arose, so despite arriving without a ticket, I found myself walking around the museum pretty quickly. From here, there are easily spotted entrances to each of the Louvre’s three wings. I think I’d read somewhere beforehand that it would take… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 16:30

Ellsworth Kelly: drawings 1954-1962

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art



11 December 2009 – 21 February 2010



Life has kept changing at mima since I last wrote here about the paintings of Gerhard Richter, and one reminder comes from Director Kate Brindley. Still an unfamiliar face to many of us, having only took up her post in mid-July after her only predecessor Godfrey Worsdale’s defection to the BALTIC in Gateshead, she notions to a fellow newcomer to this locale, the ‘Boro Eye’ in her Private View… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 15:23

Gerhard Richter: Modern Times

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England. 28 August – 15 November 2009.



Eagerly awaited, this latest offering from Middlesbrough’s “small but ambitious” flagship art gallery is the next fruit of a series of seemingly ongoing loan collaborations with the Tate. You may recall, as I do, at least one previous example, the Naked and the Nude show which despatched such household-name pieces as Lucian Freud’s Girl with a White Dog and a clutch of Euan Uglows, beneath the jagged mima… Continue

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 12:00

Exhibition Review: Katy Moran: Paintings

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England. 28 November 2008 - 15 February 2009.



Along the wall level with the door through which you enter, 2006's Facing Francesca and two paintings further along, paired together, Captain Beaky and his Band I & II (both typically abstrusely named), put one in mind almost of the kind of regal, or quasi-regal, 17th and 18th century portraiture as crafted by Messrs Van Dyck, Kneller or Lely; expand the imagination a little further and one… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 16:32

Exhibition Review: Bauhaus 1919-1933; Language of Vision and Angelus Novus & Hans Engels.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England. 23 November 2007 - 17 February 2008.



So, is Middlesbrough's only art gallery's latest exhibition, themed around the German Bauhaus, the one that clinches for it the title of a 'world class' museum? Well, objection one, there is not just the one exhibition but three, running concurrently with each other. And secondly, far be it from me to be alone in detracting from a show afforded glowing repute, as exhibited on the mima website, by the… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 16:30

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At 21:31 on April 27, 2009, mike hinc said…
No, no...thank you. I like your paint and the strong composition in the photos.
 
 
 

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