Nothing to Declare
16 September – 1 November 2015
Nothing to Declare will be Gerard Hemsworth’s third solo exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, presenting recent works from 2012 to 2015.
Hemsworth’s previous exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery include Means to an End, 1983 and Self Portraits, 1988. Nearly 30 years on, Nothing to Declare brings together signs and representations of modernist art, alongside and integrated with signs and representations from what seem like cartoon narratives, offering pictorial and ideological oppositions.
An important and influential artist and teacher, Hemsworth’s paintings recognizably adopt a minimal visual language with definitive line drawings and simplified areas of colour, presenting contradictions between the serious and the absurd enabling the work to be both uncanny and subversive.
Gerard Hemsworth (b.1945) studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1963-68 and has exhibited internationally since the 70’s. Up until 2011 he was Professor of Fine Art and Director of the MFA Fine Art Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2000 he won the Charles Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy of Arts.
To coincide with the exhibition Nothing to Declare, Gerard Hemsworth has produced a series of three limited edition prints which will be sold by Matt's Gallery.
Nothing to Declare at Matt’s Gallery is generously supported by Arts Council England.