All exhibitions are completely free to view.
11 - 28 February 2015
Lives of the Artists updates the concept of artist biography for the internet age. Taking its title from the eponymous Renaissance work by Giorgio Vasari, artist Robert Good uses a well-known brand of internet search engine to conduct a trawl for artists, receiving daily notifications and painstakingly collating the results in an extensive and engaging display.
Set against the backdrop of Westminster Reference Library, a venerable public reference arts collection stocking over 40,000 volumes of art and using the display cabinets, tables and other paraphernalia of the library environment, Good's work sees artists from across the spectrum both commemorated and celebrated as they jostle for space on the gallery walls. Lives of the Artists replaces Vasari's subjectivity, selectivity and authorial certainty with the equally problematic approach of inclusive egalitarianism and undifferentiated searching. The results are by turns surprising, intriguing, infuriating and refreshing.
Robert Good is interested in the possibilities for art and in the frailties of language and the treachery of knowledge. Also exhibited is Phaidonidae, an entomological display cabinet of 1500 paper butterflies. With one butterfly per artist profiled in The Phaidon Encyclopedia of Art and Artists, Good creates a new family of lepidoptera and explores our need to classify and categorise the world around us.
2 - 14 March
Arturas Jonikas was born and raised in the city of Klaipeda in Lithuania, which lies on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Jonikas developed his skills as an artist while travelling all over the world, practicing and focusing on his main interest: colours. He uses vibrant tones, colour and symbols that reflect the object of his focus at the time of painting. Curved and crooked lines are favoured over standard forms, as well as spiritual aspects that evoke a contemplation of nature, energy and national artefacts. The definition of his line of work is connected to his own experience of life, skill and vision present in all his creative projects.
22 January - 7 February
Paintings, drawings and ceramics by London based Chinese artist Daniel Liu.
5-19 January 2015
Sculptures by Anthony Padgett of Poet & Civil Servant Humbert Wolfe, to mark the 75th Anniversary of his death & 135th Anniversary of his birth.
8 - 20 December 2014
Brian Rybolt is showing his latest photographic work, Glacial Renderings, at the the Westminster Reference Library. This is the first exhibition of Brian’s work from his excursion to Antarctica this past January. His work emphasises the abstract quality of landscape formations plus radiant vistas of ice and colour. The occasional penguin may appear. All work is printed on archival stock using permanent pigment inks. Rybolt spent five days travelling by ship, zodiacs and by foot in the Shetland Island area of Antarctica visiting scientific stations, an old Whaling Station on Deception Island.
17 – 29 November 2014
Photographic exhibition by Alison Finch
4 - 15 November
Sculptures by Angelo Santonicola.
20 October to 1 November
Prints by Sisetta Zappone.
8 - 18 October
An Exhibition of Latvian Children’s Book Illustrations by Anita Paegle, Indra Sproģe, Aleksejs Naumovs, Zane Lūse, Juris Petraskēvičs.
22 September - 3 October
An exhibition by Iranian artists Maryam Hashemi, Feri Heidari and Roya Khalili. "Inner Tales of my Outer Shell" takes viewers on an exciting and colourful ride, exploring deep and intimate corners in the minds of each artist.
28 August – 17 September
An exhibition of artwork by Nicola Wills.
5 - 23 August 2014
Walter Lowe (BA) was born in Northumberland and studied art at Newcastle Upon Tyne College of Art and Design. He is also an experienced EFL language teacher. He has worked in London most of his life, as a graphic designer/visualizer, working mainly around Soho.
The exhibition consists of personal notes and drawings based on historical reference sources from a period around 1600 and up to 1970 from Soho and Covent Garden. The period since then has been covered well by people with a more intimate knowledge of the clubs and circles in Soho. You will find this in the many excellent reference books on the library table.