Curator at Large: Four artists to look out for this February

Here are four artists who our Curator suggests keeping an eye out for, and where you can see their perform this thirty day period.

By Phin Jennings | 01 Feb 2023

With hundreds of art exhibitions opening each and every month and thousands of artists building work, it can be easy to pass up one thing outstanding. Right here are four artists who our Curator suggests holding an eye out for, and wherever you can see their operate this month.


When I 1st visited Harriet Gillett’s studio in 2021, I was drawn to a little canvas. It contained a crowd of anonymous heads painted in murky greys and purples. Wanting out at the viewer, her head turned 90 levels absent from her companions, was a neon pink woman with a facial area only just discernible as a result of the glow that she emitted. Some months afterwards, Gillett had produced a larger sized version of the exact portray, Aurora, for a team exhibition titled Emergence at our Soho gallery. The following year I encountered the pink lady once more, this time painted into Deeper Understanding, an even bigger painting that was component of Gillett’s MFA diploma display presentation at Metropolis & Guilds of London Art School. In the many years among these encounters, Gillett’s observe has produced and her audience has grown massively – her work has been proven at the Saatchi Gallery and Soho Revue amid other destinations – but the neon pink hughes and loosely advised figures continue to be. In its place of revealing them, her paintings are likely to conceal their subjects, their half-rendered faces bringing a perception of secret and intrigue.

You can see her function in ‘The Picture’ at Brooke Bennington and ‘when i was going for walks on the edge of a teacup’ at Roman Highway.

  • Brooke Bennington, 76 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 6NB |  25 Jan – 25 Feb
  • Roman Highway, 50 Goldborne Highway, London, W10 5PR | 19 Jan – 17 Feb 17

Set up watch: The Image (courtesy of Brooke Bennington)


Sabrina Shah was also highlighted in Emergence. Her blended media portray Bananas depicted a team of three ambivalent-on the lookout painted creatures apprehending a collage of outsized bunches of fruit. Food stuff and faces regularly show up in Shah’s perform, not always where by or how we would hope them to a pet dog taking in its have tail, a jack-in-the box carrying a glum expression and a team of creatures who appear to be having from a pot labelled “bucket list” all function in the artist’s entire world. Like Gillett, her operate leaves me with additional thoughts than responses – but this time, it is not “who?” but “why?”. It is a concern that quite a few have observed persuasive, Shah acquiring received the Castlegate Prize, manufactured the John Moores shortlist, and experienced her operate proven with Indigo+Madder and Thorp Stavri amid other people. To me, her get the job done pokes enjoyable at the a lot of weird (and sometime dangerous) traditions and customs that we unquestioningly have interaction in ourselves.

You can see her perform in ‘Inside’ at Two Temple Location, organised by Thorp Stavri.

Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD | 28 Jan – 26 Feb

Bananas, 2021, oil, paper and acrylic on canvas, 140 x 120cm, by Sabrina Shah


Haroun Hayward

Is Haroun Hayward an summary painter? Wanting at his operate, which tends to consist of modular constructions of color, form and texture in oil paint and pastel, it could seem to be like the answer is of course. But when you get started to examine into the artist’s influences and resources of inspiration, it gets significantly less obvious. Hayward’s paintings attribute references to his favorite DJ’s and producers, the 20th Century British artists who inspire him and his mother’s assortment of South Asian and West African textiles. In other phrases, his do the job – nevertheless far from currently being portraiture – signifies the artist himself in a fuller feeling than any figurative work could. To me, Hayward’s functions are everything but abstract. Considerably from currently being non-representational, they are maps of the artist’s life – created up of visits to artwork galleries, nightclubs and his spouse and children home. Next an exceptional solo exhibition at Indigo+Madder in 2021, he lately acquired representation with Hales Gallery, in which he will have his to start with solo exhibition in March.

You can see his work in ‘Abstract Colour’ at Marlborough Gallery and The Moth And The Thunderclap at Modern Art.

Haroun Hayward in the studio (courtesy of Indigo+Madder and Matthew Coles)


Alice Macdonald

Alice Macdonald’s apply spans printmaking, ceramics and painting, depicting men and women throughout quiet, contemplative moments in a entire world exactly where it generally would seem to be dusk. Rarely do her characters categorical significantly emotion they are inclined to appear in advance – at, or often past – their companions or the viewer, shed in considered. The scenes that she makes sense like fond recollections, their colors a little bit washed out and their edges softened by time. I not too long ago organised an exhibition at Drake’s on Savile Row, which integrated Macdonald’s paintings of her subjects studying on the seashore, walking in the woods and ingesting at the desk. Given that finishing the prestigious postgraduate diploma at The Royal Drawing College in 2017, the artist has because revealed her perform with V.O. Curations, Aleph Present-day and Oliver Jobs among the others and is currently doing the job toward her MFA at Metropolis & Guilds Art University. With her tranquil way of depicting the globe in brain, I’m hunting ahead to viewing how her work suits into a team exhibition centred around depictions of the sword.

You can see her perform in ‘Who holds the sword?’ at Hypha Studios.

Hypha Studios, 50 Celebration Avenue, London, E20 1DB | 27 Jan – 10 Mar

Examining On The Seaside, 2021, watercolour on paper, by Alice Macdonald (courtesy of the artist)

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