Artists Talk at The Wilson - Sunday 11 May 2014


7 artists discussed their work in the exhibition and gave an overview of their artistic practice


taking part were: Andrew Bruce (photography), Ruth Murray (painting), Vera Boele Keimer (drawing installation),

Seamus Staunton (sculpture), Mitra Saboury (live art and video), Chris Dunseath (sculpture) and Dan Young (painting)



images: Emilia Nylén




Artists Talk at The Wilson - Sunday 11 May 2014

Andrew Bruce – photography (London)

Andrew Bruce graduated from the RCA in 2013 with an MA in Photography. Selected exhibitions: The Art Cabin London, June 2014 ; Gallerie Box, Gothenburg Sweden April 2013; Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London 2013; Splinter, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London 2013.

“In my work I stage dramas. Animals are illuminated in the darkness by unnatural light; captured in seemingly quiet moments; scenes that could be described as transcendental. The bird is photographed with flash against a rotating earth; ascending amongst the stars. It appears frozen in flight while, paradoxically, the earth continues to turn.”

Ruth Murray – painting (London)

Ruth Murray graduated from the RCA in 2008 with an MA in Painting. Selected exhibitions: Creative Cities Collection, Barbican, London 2012; BP Portrait Award 2012; ‘Dialogues’ International Biennial of Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia 2011.

Ruth’s practice is concerned with the main themes of the tension of change, the agitation of youth and the feelings of alienation and paranoia associated with misunderstood experiments/rituals. In Cloy I was exploring how adolescents are yet to be defined by life’s pressures. My subjects are suffocating in the trappings of a sickly sweet childhood; the painting is melting around them, trapping them inside.

Vera Boele Keimer – drawing installation (Bristol)
Vera studied Fine Art at the Academy of Art in Munster, Germany and Bath Spa University 2013. Selected

exhibitions: Drawn, RWA, Bristol, 2013; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2012 & 2013

Vera uses found, everyday materials to transform them into works that emphasise and transcend their material qualities. Simple processes of cutting, folding or wrapping, lead to often fragile or temporary works that play with assumptions about painting and sculpture, installation and drawing, existing happily somewhere between these categories.

Seamus Staunton – sculpture (Bristol)

Seamus Staunton studied at Canterbury College of Art and St Martin’s School of Art and has worked in his studio at Spike Island, Bristol since 1998. !!Seamus has completed public commissions for Bristol Children’s Hospital, Tonbridge School (2010), Cardiff Bay (2009). He was awarded the 2011 London Group Open Sculpture Prize.

Seamus Staunton fashions sculptures of extraordinary organic grandeur. His abstract work is so well made and structured one feels it might have some practical application. Some look like dream boats or buoys, others like foghorns or the sound boxes of some strange shell-like instrument. One way or another, they all appear to have been crafted with a passion for oceanic rhythms and sounds.”! Robert Clark, The Guardian

Mitra Saboury – live art and video (London)

Mitra Saboury grew up in Illinois. She holds a BS in neuroscience and has recently completed her MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths. She was awarded the MAstars Axisweb award in 2013, and was also named a Graduate Prize winner to create a print with Jealous Gallery, exhibited at Saatchi and as part of the permanent print collection at the V&A. Selected exhibitions include Young Gods at Griffin Gallery and Charlie Smith London (2014) and Hanover Video Festival (2013).

Mitra Saboury's work investigates the impact of the built environment on the human body. Through performance, video and installation, Saboury fuses body with street by interacting with its cracks and crevices. She confronts physical restrictions and confinements of architectural parameters with intimacy, as she devours pieces of residential road in Pothole 2.

Chris Dunseath – sculpture (Somerset)

Chris studied at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham and Slade School of Art. He is a

Cardiff Sculpture Fellow, Academician of the RWA and Fellow of the RBS. 2013 Wells Art Contemporary Prize Winner. 2007 Winner of the RWA Sculpture Exhibition. 2007 Prize winner, Millfield. Visiting Lecturer at several institutions including the Royal Academy Schools.

Chris’ work is influenced by a curiosity about Theoretical Physics and relates sculptural concerns with current ideas that investigate the nature of space, mass and time. ‘Spin Symmetry’ uses carved Cherry wood over which thin strips of ash veneer have been laminated and then removed to construct a light open structure. ‘Interference & Stars’ is made by laminating Mulberry paper over a corrugated surface and creating a sculpture with a dark interior, which reveals a myriad of stars.

Dan Young – painting (Gloucestershire)

Dan has an MA Computer Arts from London College of Music and Media, a BA in Fine Art Painting from Cheltenham School of Art and a National Diploma in Art and Design from Norwich School of Art. He is currently a short course Tutor and Fine Art Technician at the University of Gloucestershire. Exhibitions include: Group Show, Summerfield Gallery Cheltenham (’09) Lumberjacked!, New Hampshire -

(2005); !150 years Colourama, Northern Quarter Gallery Manchester (2004)

“The desire to collect and arrange is a deeply ingrained one in both the human and animal psyche. I have spent over 5 years documenting, project in paint, my own ‘collections’, both important and trivial, as part of my daily painting: ‘Dan Young, Daily’. ‘The Wilson Still Life’ is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with The Wilson’s permanent collection to produce a playful, witty, rich and eclectic painting. The painting draws upon traditional still life conventions but also allows depictions and juxtapositions that would not normally be acceptable or expected with a public collection like this.”