- Wednesday 22 November 2017 17.00 to 18.30
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Painter Lucy Stein's distinctive figurative painting style always verges on abstraction. Her enigmatic figures, strange vignettes and dreamlike scenarios are produced by an approach to making that she likens to 'a game of consequences played with myself'. Working intuitively, through an on-going series of additions and subtractions, she allows the process of painting to shape the form and content of her images, while also alluding to themes such as memory, hysteria and method acting explored by writers and philosophers as diverse as Daphne du Maurier, Jean-Paul Sartre and Kathy Acker. Stein also explores her ideas and interests through performance, such as for example, 'The Wise Wound', a collaborative event staged at the Island and Porthmeor Studios in St Ives in 2015, and 'Death Shanties' a band in which she made live paintings and collages across the UK and Europe. She regularly collaborates with other artists on exhibition projects such as 'Neo Pagan Bitch-Witch!', a group show co-curated with France-Lise McGurn in London in 2016, and "Samhain" a pagan rave that she organised with Simon Bayliss at CAST in Helston last Halloween. In May 2017 she ran a banishment workshop at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, with clients of the charity Addaction, in collaboration with Groundwork festival.
Stein has exhibited widely, with regular solo shows at Galerie Gregor Staiger in Zurich since 2011. She has also shown in galleries in London, Amsterdam and New York and at ICA, London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Newlyn Gallery, Penzance. Her work has been selected for numerous group exhibitions and she has received international awards and residencies, including a residency at Tate St Ives in 2015.
Stein was born in Oxford. She studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with degree in Painting in 2004, before attending De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2004-6). She currently lives and works in Cornwall and has recently joined Falmouth School of Art as a Lecturer in Fine Art.
Free event, registration required, available from 9:00 on Tuesday 26 September 2017
Image credit: Under a Ginger Moon, Lucy Stein