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When and where?

Tuesday 24th July 5.30pm - 7.00pm
at Leicester Print Workshop.

What does it cost?


Join us for a season of artist talks to accompany our Summer Schools.


An illustrated talk by David Ainley

Drawing, particularly line, is a fundamental aspect of David Ainley’s art. A root of his work lies in rigorous abstraction, specifically an approach to minimalism associated with systems and processes. He has however endowed his drawings and paintings with a deep interest in landscape, especially an aspect which is frequently overlooked in fine art. In a multi layered presentation he will describe the sources of his work in mining and quarrying, his engagement with lengthy and complex working procedures, his regard for the qualities and potential eloquence of line and his interests in the work of other artists. It is envisaged that this will provoke questions and discussion in relation to printmaking.

Following his first solo exhibition at Ikon, Birmingham (1966) David Ainley has exhibited regularly. He developed (1970) a systems method from the ‘Game of Life’ of mathematician John Horton Conway. From 1995 aspects of landscape and labour have informed his processes. His most recent one-man show was ‘Extractive Industry’ at the Westminster Art Reference Library, London (2017). Numerous selected exhibitions have included the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2000, 2005, and 2017 which tours until October 2018), the INGDiscerning Eye (2012) and ‘Contemporary British Abstraction’ (2015). Recent group exhibitions include ‘A Case for Place’, Gallery Steel Rooms, Brigg (until 23 June 2018). A painting from the Priseman-Seabrook Collection toured galleries in China (2017/18) and his work will be included in ‘Highlights of the Permanent Collection’ at the Komechak Art Gallery, Benedictine University, Chicago, USA in June 2018. David Ainley is included in ‘Artists in Britain since 1945’ by David Buckman (1998 & 2006).

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