Lisa Milroy Symposium and Tours

On Monday 5 March 2012 Gallery North will host a symposium entitled, Dark Matter: an investigation of the use of black in painting followed by private preview evening from 5pm. Public tours of the exhibition will be available during its run.

The Exhibition will take place at Gallery North, Northumbria University, from 6 March - 4 April 2012.

On Monday 5 March there will be Symposium entitled, Dark Matter: an investigation of the use of black in painting taking place 2pm - 5pm in Graduate Studio Northumbria (GSN) Skylight room followed by private preview evening from 5pm.

The tutorial and symposium are free to attend and no booking is required, there are 50 places and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As part of the exhibition Gallery North will be offering guided public tours at the following dates/times:

Public Tours  
Monday  12 March  1-2pm
Wednesday  14 March  1-2pm
Thursday   15 March  1-2pm
Monday   19 March  1-2pm
Wednesday  21 March  1-2pm
Thursday  22 March  1-2pm

Tours will meet in Squires Building reception area outside the Gallery North entrance.

A catalogue is being produced alongside the exhibition, the catalogue will feature an artists essay and details of the exhibition itself along with information from the artists involved in the symposium. The catalogue will be available to buy from the School press website from April 2012.

For her exhibition Ivory Lamp Mars Vine Bone at Gallery North, Lisa Milroy has selected 23 paintings from 1984 to 2011 to present the use of black in her work. In her approach to still life painting, black and white embody the visual, conceptual and emotional register from which she has explored an on-going fascination with the relation between presence and absence, the material and immaterial, and things that can be seen yet remain unknown or inaccessible.

Lisa Milroy was born in Vancouver, Canada and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1982. Milroy exhibits her paintings widely in the UK and abroad, and her work is held in many public and private collections. She won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989 and a major survey of her work was held at Tate Liverpool in 2001. Milroy was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006 and has been Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2009.

Still life is at the heart of Milroy's artistic practice. In the 1980s her paintings featured ordinary objects such as shoes, stamps, hardware and light bulbs, depicted against an off-white ground in a grid or random scatter. In the early 1990s, Milroy's approach to still life painting shifted, leading to depictions of objects within settings. The imagery expanded to include landscape, architecture and people. As the range of imagery grew, her painting style diversified. By continually experimenting with fast and slow applications of paint, the resulting painterly innovations have allowed Milroy to achieve within her paintings a wide range of moods and atmospheres. In recent years, the focus of Milroy's work has been on large scale installation-based paintings.