[RE] Configured
27 July 2022 to 6 August 2022
Mall Galleries : North Gallery
The Mall, London

Figurative artists Thomas Allen, Phoebe Boddy and Zara Matthews will show a selection of their most recent work in the North Gallery, Mall Galleries in July 2022. Through their three different styles and approach the visitor will be able to enjoy the breadth of figurative painting in Britain today.  The exhibition will run concurrently with Winners, an exhibition of award-winning figurative artists from Federation of British Artists’ exhibitions in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Allen, Boddy and Matthews were awarded the top prize at Figurative Art Now in the summer of 2021. Figurative Art Now was an online exhibition which featured almost 400 selected works exploring the breadth of representational painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking in the UK today.

What to expect?

  • Works by three high profile artists, winners of Figurative Art Now
  • A wide selection of their paintings, drawings, and printmaking for sale
  • A team of dedicated professionals to help and advise on the purchase of works 
  • The opportunity to visit another, concurrent show: ‘Winners | Award Winning Artists 2020-2022’

The line up:

For this exhibition, Thomas Allen has created an ambitious series of charcoal and sanguine works on paper. Some are immersive in scale, befitting the depth and breadth of the topics tackled, from online privacy to Christian mythology, romantic love to our relationship with the natural world.

Disconnect - Thomas Allen
Disconnect – Thomas Allen
Charcoal and sanguine on paper
70 x 51 cm

All are brought together, though, through the artist’s signature dreamlike style – rich in pattern and organic forms – and united by his underlying fascination with the unconscious. “These are mindscapes,” says Allen. “They are selective mirrors, designed to reflect aspects of the viewer’s own internal world.”

Album - Zara Matthews
Album – Zara Matthews
Oil on linen 55 x 70 cm

Zara Matthews‘ new body of work for [Re]Configured has as its starting point a process in painting known as Pentimenti, an alteration in a painting evidenced by traces of previous work. Using layered photographs and video stills of found objects, the works in this series emerge from digital sketches before being developed into paintings. Through this process, the Pentimenti of underlying images, transparent forms and marks seem to reference the objects’ aura, presence and residual memories.

Banana Bread - Phoebe Boddy
Banana Bread – Phoebe Boddy
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
170 x 160 cm

Phoebe Boddy’s most recent collection of paintings have been stimulated by how other artists have referenced food in their work and what messages they are trying to portray, she also draws inspiration from little sayings or bits of terminology referring to food that she finds entertaining. Her large scale paintings are playful and often humorous, comprised of energised brushstrokes and infused with a bold use of colour and form. 

©2022 Mall Galleries, Thomas Allen, Phoebe Boddy, Zara Matth