From the Schlee Collection Southampton and the Ben Uri Collection London, a collaborative exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery which explores the limitless possibilities of working on paper.
The exhibition brings together selected works from the Philip Schlee collection of drawings, prints and paintings by artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004 with resonant works on paper from Ben Uri’s own collection.
Celebrating the richness and diversity of each collection, No Set Rules presents 49 works by 37 artists, seven of whom – Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jane Joseph, Leon Kossoff, Michael Rothenstein, Glenn Sujo and Edward Toledano – are represented in both.
The works cover a wide range of subject matter, techniques and practice, moving from figuration to abstraction to explore 100 years of expression on paper.
Other artists include Craigie Aitchison, Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Christopher Le Brun, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Sarah Lightman, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Tomalin and John Virtue.
No Set Rules initiates dialogues, grouping teachers, students, collaborators and strangers, and juxtaposing masters of monochrome with creators of dazzling sweeps of colour to show that drawing doesn’t necessarily begin or end with a pencil. This exhibition proves, as David Hockney once observed, “there are no set rules in drawing”.
Ben Uri will be running a series of events for families and audiences of all ages to accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition catalogue is available from the Ben Uri online shop.
Image credits: Frank Auerbach, Study for Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II, 2004, crayon on paper, 31 x 31 cm, © The Artist. Ben Uri Gallery & Museum Collection;
Frank Auerbach, Jake, 1990, etching on paper, 20 x 16.5 cm, © Frank Auerbach;
Gillian Ayres, Untitled (Abstract), pastel & charcoal on paper, 45.7 x 49.8 cm 1962/63. Reproduced courtesy Gillian Ayres. Schlee Collection, Southampton;
Dennis Creffield, Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight, 1990, charcoal on paper, 76 x 56 cm, © Dennis Creffield, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London;
David Hockney, Portrait of Mo, 1975, pencil and crayon on paper, 29.2 x 35 cm, © David Hockney;
Leon Kossoff, Christ Church, Spitalfields, Spring, 1992, etching and aquatint on paper, 84 x 64 cm, © Leon Kossoff. Ben Uri Gallery & Museum Collection.
Southampton City Art Gallery