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A major new art exhibition opening at the National Museum of Poland in March will show just how vital Europe has been to the British painting tradition.
Titled Made in Britain, the exhibition consists of 82 paintings by artists from all over the UK and will include works by the likes of Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Alan Davie and Isle of Mull artist Pippa Gatty.
Pippa said: ‘I have never been to Poland and it is exciting that my painting will. It is good also to show in Europe as a European one last time before (in my opinion) the disaster of Brexit.’
This new show draws works from the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st-century British painting, which was set up in 2014 by Robert Priseman who wanted to do something to promote the art of painting.
Robert said: ‘In 2014, I came to realise that many contemporary painters like Pippa who are working in Britain today had yet to be collected with the same geographical and chronological focus of their predecessors and foreign contemporaries.
‘So, along with my wife Ally Seabrook, I began the process of bringing together a body of work by artists like her which followed the simple criteria of being painting produced after the year 2000 within the British Isles.’
So far, the couple have acquired more than 120 paintings from over 100 artists, which has now become the first collection of art dedicated to 21st century British painting in the UK.
Robert added: ‘I really love Pippa’s paintings and especially admire the way they appear to hover between abstraction and realism. I first saw her work in 2016 at a solo show she had with the Herrick Gallery in London, and it is a real honour to be able to show her work in Poland alongside many other important artists.’
Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century runs from March 14 to June 2 at The Green Gate, Długi Targ 24, The National Museum, Gdańsk, Poland. The gallery is open between 10am and 4pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.