ALAN SHIPWAY

Contact

email     alanshipway(at)gmail.com                       instagram     @alanshipwayvisualartist 


Biography

AS  studied History of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh (1974-1978) and attended the postgraduate Advanced Painting course at St.Martin’s School of Art in London (1978-79). 

One-person exhibitions have included the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (2021), the Briggait, Glasgow (2018), Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto (2013), the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2005) and the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2002). 

Work has been included in many group exhibitions, most recently in Makeshift (Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2023), Scottish Art: People, Places, Ideas (Edinburgh, City Art Centre, 2015), Drawn Away Together (Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 2013), abstractcritical’s Newcomer Awards 2012 (King’s Place, London), Beyond Appearances (Edinburgh, City Art Centre 2007) and the John Moores 23 (Liverpool 2004).   It is represented in the collections of the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Art Centre, and in the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

He received awards from the Scottish Arts Council, one of them a 12-month bursary,and was awarded a writing residency in 2011 by abstractcritical.com.  Published writings have included reviews of the Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman catalogues raisonné.




Work

On the Practice of Painting


Anything can be painted without representation       (Agnes Martin)


I prefer to make art with the simplest of means, with clarity and economy – nothing lacking, nothing superfluous.  Simplicity and directness in themselves have always provided me with the right path.

What also interests me is painting which I would describe as open-ended, which seems to expose the mechanisms of painting itself, or brings into question its own conventions, in such a way that what is left is some aesthetic essential.  To arrive at this essence, or to see it in other art, is invariably an experience of clarity and lucidity.


The goal is to have exactly what is necessary to achieve the work, no more, no less.

(Carl Andre)

CV

FEATURED IN:

2024      DEBUT: Inaugural     &Gallery, Edinburgh

2023      MAKESHIFT  (with Paul Keir and Nicky Hodge)  Summerhall, Edinburgh

2022     SAINT NICHOLAS    Meakin+Parsons, Oxford

2021       A QUIET SETTLING ON EARTH   Kingsgate  Project Space, London

2021       SUMMER EXHIBITION   Royal Academy,         London 

2020       SITUATED: PLACE, ART, COLLECTION         from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection: Edinburgh City Art Centre Travelling Gallery

2015       SCOTTISH ART: PEOPLE, PLACES, IDEAS   Edinburgh, City Art Centre

2013       DRAWN AWAY TOGETHER  Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

2012       ABSTRACTCRITICAL: NEWCOMER AWARDS 2012   (with Gary Wragg, Carol Robertson et al )    Kings Place, London

2012      MARK OF BEAUTY  Union Gallery, Edinburgh

2010       ABSTRACT MATTERS,  Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2009       THE EDINBURGH SCHOOL OF PAINTING  Lemon Street Gallery, Truro

2007       BEYOND APPEARANCES  Edinburgh, City Art Centre

2006       NEW EDITIONS/SCOTLAND  International Print Centre, New York

2004       DIRECTOR’S CHAIR   Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2004       JOHN MOORES  23   Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1999       ABSOLUT OPEN   Inverleith House, Edinburgh

1984       OFFSHORE (NEUE  MALEREI  AUS ENGLAND)  Kunstlerwerkstatt, Munich/ Stadtische Galerie, Regensburg

1981       CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACTION          Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2023       MEAKIN+PARSONS,  OXFORDSHIRE

2021       UNKNOWN QUANTITY (with Paul Keir)                            PATRIOTHALL GALLERY, EDINBURGH

2018       BRIGGAIT PROJECT SPACE, GLASGOW

2013       GALERIE WEISSRAUM, KYOTO

2009       DOVECOT, EDINBURGH

2006       PEACOCK VISUAL ARTS, ABERDEEN

2005       INGLEBY GALLERY, EDINBURGH

2002       ARCHANGEL, TALBOT RICE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

1991         369 GALLERY, EDINBURGH

1986       COLLECTIVE GALLERY, EDINBURGH






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