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Hedley Roberts  Head of Luton School of Art ☠ upcoming shows; @galeriewolfsen @lindberg_galleries @newartprojects

I’ve always got several paintings on the go or in various states of drying. Some take months. I’ve two Studios one in Margate and one in Luton. Margate is for bigger works that require drying time. The Luton studio I use to make smaller work in and around my job as Head of the School of Art & Design. I’m looking forward to getting back to this painting in Margate. It’s 90% finished. I’ve been working with flatting reflective qualities of resin based paint recently. Using it as an over lay that also drops back in its reflection. It animates the painting in light.

Her Irish Eyes are smiling

Slippery When Wet. Lol. Album of my youth. Time to get big and wet again, been on the small ones for too long.

Regret only remembers.

Study for ‘My Adidas’, oil on canvas 20x20cm

Details. Cropping back previous work gives new ideas for composition and structure. Each work is always made independently of each other. There’s not a method that is employed each time. They’re not made in ‘series’. Each painting begins as a fresh set of problems that need to be resolved. Each start point is different. Of course here’s a familiar dna that is my hand, my decision, my inability to imagine another way to solve the problem. After all, I’m always there, imprisoned in my own subjectivity. But it’s the same with relating to people. Each relationship has its own dynamic. No two are the same. Each is unique, each is to be negotiated in its own way. Two subjectivities collide, both struggling with their place in the world, and between them a gulf of interpretation. Mistakes are made. There’s confusion and assumption. The limits of ones self limit one’s relationship to the other. We fail to connect in anything other than a self centred way.

Detail of a study for ‘nightclubbing, walking through town’ oil on Canvas 20x20cm

Blasting back in from the past. ‘O’ (Blue Shroud) 2015. @todaysartreport

New work, detail. ‘Cowboy’ 2018. This ones been developed over the last 12 months. I think it’s 95% finished. I’m never 100% sure.

New Art Projects is delighted to present:

Faces Places and Spaces: New Painting made in the UK selected with and including new works by Hedley Roberts

Private view: July 5 6.30 - 9.00

Exhibition open: July 6 - August 25, 2018.

Avis Underwood - Bry Ford - Danny Romeril - David Edmond - Fergus Hare - Florence Hutchings - Galina Munroe - Gemma Browne - Hedley Roberts - Isabelle Hayman - Karolina Ptaszkowska - Kate Bickmore - Kate Halsall - Lindo Khandela - Lucy Smallbone - Paige Perkins - Rob Reed - Tamsin Relly - Zowie Roxanne
For this fresh and current exhibition, Hedley Roberts proposes a new look and investigation into contemporary painting being made in the UK today. This exhibition is made up by his choices of emerging talent from a variety of national and independent art schools.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Arts, alongside his own practice Roberts has been a tutor of painting for many years and is currently Head of the School of Art & Design at the University of Bedfordshire. Primarily drawing on his experiences as a painter this show explores portraiture, identity politics, race, gender, the contemporary landscape, realism, abstraction and still life, Roberts brings together a spectacular range of new works by hotly tipped and emerging talent.

Notes for editors:

Hedley Roberts lives and works in Margate.


He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art and the Royal College of Art MA Fine Art Printmaking, and also has a Doctorate in Fine Art from the University of East London. He has been a Royal College of Art Fine Art Fellow and a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University. He has worked for 20 years in Higher Education and until recently was head of Art & Design at the University of East London. He currently Head of the School of Art & Design at the University of Bedfordshire. He runs a number of artists residency projects, including ‘Directional Forces’ which hastaken place in Germany, Serbia, Italy and Greece and involved over 60 artists since 2011.

Cowboy (Holbein angle view)

Cyngreawdr Fynydd (study for The Great Orme, detail) 20x20, oil on canvas

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