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Jo Bruton: Run 7 April–15 April 2018 Walk slowly towards the light 7 April–9 June 2002 | Publications

Jo Bruton | Run | 07 April–15 April 2018, daily 12–6pm | Private View: Fri 06 April 2018, 6–9pm | 92 Webster Road, London, SE16 4DF

Jo Bruton, Run, 2018, production image. Image courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.

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Jo Bruton's second show at Matt's Gallery sees the artist expanding her practice as a painter into a series of printed wallpapers. Hand painted, digitally produced and then pasted to the walls of the gallery, the piece has been conceived to respond directly to the dimensions of the 3 x 3 x 3 m gallery space.

Run plays on the idea of repetition or routine as well as a command for immediate action. A first outing for this new body of work, the artist has developed elements of her work into a series of tessellating motifs which form a ground for a range of actions and interventions. Rich in references, Bruton's work draws together biographical elements alongside research carried out at the V&A's Wallpaper Archive and art historical nods to the work of Georgia O'Keefe and Nancy Spero.

The work remains reconfigurable - mobile painted wooden panels punctuate the space with signs that navigate an environment, moving beyond the frame to occupy the space of the gallery. Deserts, mountains, tumble weeds and flowers mix with performers holding associations to time and place, playing on artifice, repetition and scale. The artist negotiates problems of location and the stability of the subject.

Run is a continuation of Bruton's exploration into the space of painting, extending notions of form and its context by evoking narratives through the process of making. Fragments of decoration create an environment to navigate where a female presence and the desire to act within and occupy that space are central to her work.

This is the fourth in a series of 10-day shows at 92 Webster Road.

For further information or visual material please contact us on 020 7237 0398 or email

Matt’s Gallery thanks the Arts Council England and Ron Henocq Fine Art for their generous support. 

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Born Littlehampton 1967, Lives and works in London Studied 1993–4 MA Fine Art (painting) Chelsea College of Art & Design; 1986–9 BA Fine Art Exeter College of Art & Design; 1985–6 Foundation Studies The West Sussex College of Art & Design Solo Exhibitions 2018 Run, Matt's Gallery, London; The Landing Girls, Charing Cross Hospital, commissioned by Imperial Hospital Health Charity 2006 Capitaine Can-Can, Sadlers Wells, London 2002 Walk slowly towards the light, Matt’s Gallery, London; 1997 Silhouette, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester; Jo Bruton, Panorama Gallery, Barcelona Group Exhibitions 2016 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London; The Marmite Prize for Painting V., Block 336 London & Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; Parallax 2, University of the Arts, London 2015 The Human Abstract, No: 4a Gallery, Malvern; Parallax 1, Katowice 2013 Chapter, Austin Forum Space, London 2011 Working Against the System, Gallery North, Newcastle & Transition Gallery, London 2008 ...same as It ever was, University of The Arts, London 2007 Celebrations, Launch of Stanley Picker Fellowship Collection, Kingston University, London 2006 Conversing, University of The Arts, London; Double Happiness, The Hollow Gallery, London 2005 Variety, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea 2004 Unframed, Standpoint, London; Mother, Oxford House, London; Art School, Bloomberg Space, London; …but not as we know it, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles 2003 …but not as we know it, Gallery at APT, London; Dialogue, Raid Projects, Los Angeles; Home And Away, LA International, Los Angeles; A Taste For Sham, Studio 1:1, London; COLOURSPACE, Gallery at APT, London 2002 Miniature, Raid Projects, Los Angeles and The Kyubidou Gallery, Tokyo; Pattern Crazy, Crafts Council, London [publication]; Cross Currents, Raid Projects & Miller Durazo Contemporary Artists Projects, Los Angeles 2001 Warped, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, and UK Tour [publication]; British Abstract Painting, Flowers East, London [publication]; Joining in, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester; When The Lights Go Up, Nova, London 2000 Please, 291 Gallery, London [publication]; Group Show, Art Process, Paris; Esquartelle, Foyles Art Gallery, London; Jo Bruton & Katie Pratt, Gallery Westland Place, London 1999 Fabrications, The Norwich Gallery, Norwich [publication]; In Front, Art Public, Barcelona [publication] 1998 Eliminate The Negative, Gasworks, London; Diplopia, Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh; Art Futures, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London; Practice, Tram Depot Gallery, London 1997 In Residence In Transit, The Stanley Picker Gallery, London [publication]; SAD, Gasworks, London 1996 A Question of Scale, Arnolfini, Bristol [publication] 1995 Atomica, Small Mansions Art Centre, London; GO-ON, The Grand Hall, Albert Dock, Liverpool; Jo Bruton & Sylbert Bolton, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery, Worcester 1994 Images, The Young Artists Gallery, Prague & Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery [publication]; Past The Post, Clove 2 Gallery, London 1993 Swiss Bank Competition, Swiss Bank, London; Tre Strade, Almadiani Hall, Viterbo, Italy; Pacesetters 12, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery [publication] 1992 Under One Roof, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham 1990 Gas Hall 90, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Awards & Fellowships 2016 The Lorne Trust Scolarship Award 2004 AHRB Small Awards for Variety, The De La Warr Pavilion 2001 AHRB Small Awards for Walk slowly towards the light, Matt’s Gallery 2000/03 Research grants, Chelsea College of Art – University of The Arts; Research grants, Winchester School of Art; Small Awards, Southampton University 1999 New Audiences – The Arts Council & Southern Arts Board 1996–7 Painting Fellow, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University 1994–5 Stanley Picker Fellowship in Painting, Kingston University 1993 Euro-creation Award, The Princes Trust Residencies and Workshops 2003 Dialogue two–month residency with artist Katie Pratt, Raid Projects, Los Angeles 2002 Visiting Artist, Braziers International 2001 Member of validation panel for KIAD 1997 Educational Workshops, Silhouette, The Winchester Gallery 1996 Educational Workshops, Permission To Speak, Worcester Museum & Art Gallery 1995 Educational Workshops, A Question of Scale, The Winchester Gallery 1993 Educational Workshops, Bruise, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Artist In Residence, Worcester Museum & Art Gallery 1990–2000 Educational Workshops, Collective Art Noise, Arts Co, Birmingham Curating 1994 Co–Curator, Images, YAG Prague and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Co–Curator, Past The Post, Clove 2 Gallery, London 1992 Exhibition Coordinator, Under One Roof, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham Current Teaching Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art & Design 1998–2003 0.5 Lecturer in painting, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University 1998–2003 Part-time Tutor, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London 2003 Visiting Lecturer, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2000–2003 Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London 2002 Visiting Lecturer (MA) Wimbledon School of Art 1997 Visiting Lecturer, University of The West of England, Bristol; Visiting Lecturer,Vestlandets Kunstakademi, Norway; Visiting Lecturer, MA European Fine Art, Barcelona 1996–97 Part–time Tutor, Winchester School of Art & Design, Southampton University 1995–98 Part–time Tutor, Exeter College of Art & Design, Plymouth University 1994–95 Part–time Tutor, Kingston University Collections University of Southampton and Private Collections, London

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Catalogues & Publications 2016 Le Moulin Rouge en Folies, Quand le cabaret le plus celebre du monde inspire les artistes by Francesco Rapazzini; Marmite Painting Prize Catalogue 2011 About Painting: Book Essays by Helen Baker & Barry Schwabsky 2008 Same as it ever was...Book Essays by Clyde Hopkins, Matthew Collings & David Ryan 2006 Conversing, Broadsheet published University of the Arts, London 2005 Variety, Exhibition Catalogue, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; Capitaine Can–Can (a text to accompany the painting), text by Michele Roberts, Matt’s Gallery, London 2004 Unframed, Ed. Rosemary Betterton, Chapter 6: Threads, Rosa Lee, Pub. I.B. Tauris, London–New York; Unicef Diary 2004, selected by Rosalind Horne 2003 LA International Catalogue, texts by Clayton Campbell & Francisco Letelier; Braziers International Artists Residency Catalogue, including text by Jo Bruton 2002 Walk slowly towards the light exhibition catalogue, text by Sacha Craddock 2001 British Abstract Painting exhibition catalogue, text by Matthew Collings; Warped exhibition catalogue, text by Terry Myers 2000 Please exhibition catalogue, text by Sacha Craddock 1999 In Front exhibition catalogue; Fabrications exhibition catalogue, texts by Rebecca Fortnum and B. Howey 1997 Silhouette exhibition catalogue, texts by Rebecca Fortnum and John Gillot; In Residence In Transit exhibition catalogue, text by Mel Gooding 1996 A Question of Scale exhibition catalogue, text by Rebecca Fortnum; Permission to Speak exhibition catalogue, Jo Bruton contributor. Pub. Worcester Museum & Art Gallery 1995 Atomica exhibition card, text by Bruce Russell; GO–ON exhibition catalogue, text by Elvis Richardson; Jo Bruton & Sylbert Bolton exhibition card, text by Deborah Dean 1994 Images exhibition catalogue, text by Robert Burstow 1993 Tre Strade exhibition catalogue. Pub. Lorenzo Di Viterbo, Academia Di Belle Arti 1992 Pacesetters 12 exhibition catalogue, text by Ian Duckworth Selected Reviews 2002 Elle Decoration, September, p18; A–N Magazine, August; Jonathan Bell, Crafts, July, pp25–27; Louise Coysh, A–N Magazine, June, p8; Sally O’Reilly, Time Out, 29 May–5 June, p59; Jo Bruton, Morgan Falconer, What’s On, 1–8 May, p25; Cherry Smyth, Dazed & Confused, May, p48; Jessica Lack, The Guardian Guide, 20–26 April, p35; Sotiris Kyriacou, Contemporary, Previews, April, p13 2001 Littlehampton Gazette, 1 November; Warped: Painting and the Feminine, Brendan Fletcher, Contemporary Visual Art, May; Warped: Painting and the Feminine, Mark Gubb, A–N Magazine, April; Warped: Painting and the Feminine, Impact Magazine, Issue 34; A Job Already Well Done, Morgan Falconer, Art Review, March; Warped, Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 3–9 February; Warp factor seven, Vicky Anning, Nottingham Evening Post, 19 January 2000 A–N Essentials, A–N Magazine 1995 Jo Bruton & Sylbert Bolton, Arts Review, July; Images, Jana Ticha, Atelier, March 1992 Images, Lidove Noviny, November

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