and Daydreams Simon Keenleyside
Emerging Artists Award Winner 2002/3
is pleased to present a body of new paintings by RCA Graduate Simon Keenleyside
made with the support of the BOC Emerging Artists Award. Simon Keenleyside
In his paintings, Keenleyside creates environments that are familiar yet
unreal; his new works depict gardens. As is the nature of gardens, the
paintings aim to open up a world full of wonder and delight.
They explore the potential the garden has to be a place for digging and daydreaming, a location in which one can dream about the future and reflect upon a nostalgic past. By allowing the materiality of the paint to become the image, Keenleyside builds up the surface to a point where the marks stop describing the landscape and become the landscape itself; although he does not see himself as a landscape painter and claims no affinity with its tradition. Rather he presents fantastic, synthetic vistas which are a blend of autobiographical memories of places he has experienced, (many from his childhood in Essex), and diverse references such as medieval tapestry, Dutch flower painting, the works of Ellsworth Kelly, Prunella Clough and Raul De Keyser.
BOC Emerging Artist Award The BOC Group is one of the largest and most
global of the world's leading gas companies. BOC launched the Emerging
Artist Award in 2002. The annual award supports the work of a promising
UK graduate working in two dimensions by financing studio rental, materials,
providing a travel bursary and covering the costs of a London-based exhibition
at the end of the yearlong award period.