Fountains and Drains. Sian Bonnell, Joanna Bryniarska, Varda Caivano, Richard Gasper, Katherine Lapierre, Kevin McKay, Rosslynd Piggott, Diana TaylorFountains and Drains

Private View: Friday 10 June 2011 18.30-21.30

Exhibition runs  11 -18 June 2011, Monday – Saturday, 16.30 – 19.00 and by appointment

Fountains and Drains is the third and final exhibition for the 2010-11 British School at Rome Fine Arts Programme, directed by Jacopo Benci.
The exhibition, supported in part by Australia Council for the Arts, Linbury Trust, Edwin Abbey Trust, Photoworks, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and William Fletcher Foundation, presents new works by artists Sian Bonnell, Joanna Bryniarska, Varda Caivano, Richard Gasper, Kevin McKay, Rosslynd Piggott, Diana Taylor, and architect Katherine Lapierre. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition on Friday 10 June 2011, 18:30 to 21:30, the annual illustrated BSR Fine Arts catalogue will be released. The exhibition will run until Saturday 18 June, Monday-Saturday, 16:30 to 19:00.

Sian Bonnell (Photoworks Fellow, April-June 2011) is a UK based artist and curator. Educated at Chelsea School of Art and Northumbria University, her work has been exhibited and published widely. Her last book Everyday dada was  published in 2006 by Dewi Lewis Publishing. More recently, she was nominated for both the 2009 & 2010 Prix Pictet photography prize and her work is featured in the accompanying book ‘Growth’ along with shortlisted and selected artists. Her work is also published this year in The Contemporary Self Portrait edited by Susan Bright, Thames & Hudson. Sian Bonnell’s work is in numerous private and public collections notably, The V&A Museum, London, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA, The Ransom Center, Austin, Texas, USA  and The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Joanna Bryniarska (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture, October 2009-June 2011) received her BA in Fine Art from University College Falmouth in 2004 and was subsequently awarded a Spike Island Graduate Fellowship. In June 2009 she completed her Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy Schools, London. Recent awards and residencies include the Richard Ford Award at the Prado Museum, Madrid, and an exchange/exhibition with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Joanna has recently had her first solo show in London at the Post Box Gallery.

Varda Caivano (Abbey Fellow in Painting, April-June 2010) studied at the Royal College of Art, London (MA Painting, 2004), and Goldsmiths College, London (Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, 2001). Her recent solo shows include Voice, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2011); The Inner Me, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto (2009); Galerie Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007); Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2006). Recent group shows include The British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, Nottingham Contemporary; Hayward Gallery, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Plymouth Arts Centre (2010-11); East End Academy: The Painting Edition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009). Her work is included in Bob Nickas, Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Painting Today, (Phaidon, London, 2009), andin the forthcoming book, Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon, London, 2011). She is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and Tomio Koyama in Japan.

Richard Gasper (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture, October 2010-September 2011) graduated from The Slade School of Art in 2005 with a BA Hons in Painting and in 2007, graduated with a MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. Since then he has actively been exhibiting and curating in London and Europe. Hi most recent exhibitions (2011) included Apocalypstick at The Nunnery Gallery, London, and a two person show with the Dutch artist Bas van den Hurk at Rod Barton, London.

Katherine Lapierre (Québec Architecture Resident, April-June 2011) is a trained architect specialized in Landscape study as well as architectural history and theory. She is completing a PhD research on self-built environments and self-taught architectures in respect to their relations to the theme of follies. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Montréal. Her work was presented at the gallery Axenéo7 in Gatineau, the SAT, the UQAM design center and the Skol contemporary art center in Montréal.

Kevin McKay (William Fletcher Foundation Scholar in Painting, April-June 2011) graduated from National Art School, Sydney in 2008 with a BFA Hons in Painting, and MFA (by research) 2011. In 2010 he had a solo show at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, was a finalist in the Plein Air Painting Prize (NSW Parliament), The Mosman Art Prize and the Paddington Art Prize, and the Blake Prize Directors Cut. He won the Sydney City of Villages Art Prize in 2009, and received the Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  He currently has a major work in a touring exhibition, May’s Lane Street Art Project, and is scheduled to be Artist in Residence at Sydney Grammar School at the end of his term in Rome.

Rosslynd Piggott (Australia Council Resident Artist, April-June 2011) has been working in the mediums of painting, object and installation since the 1980s. She has held over 40 solo shows and participated in numerous important  group shows in Australia, Japan, Belgium, Italy and UK. She has held various residencies in Italy, Paris and Japan. In 1998 , The National Gallery of Victoria held a significant survey show, Suspended Breath. Recent commissions include an artefact display for architect John Wardle for The Urban Workshop , Melbourne, a major installation, Extract: in 3 parts for The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art , a video work, Yamazakura, for Shinsei Bank produced by A.R.T Tokyo. She was included in The 17th Biennale of Sydney curated by David Elliot, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age (2010).

Diana Taylor (Abbey Scholar in Painting, March-June 2011) received her MFA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010. In 1999 she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Painting, from Bath Spa University College. Solo shows comprise Alpha Beta, R O O M, London, and Climbing Falling, Intervention Gallery, London. Recent group shows include Hybird, Vitrine Gallery, London; Worlds within Worlds, BEARSPACE, London; and The Secret of England’s Greatness, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria. In November 2011 she will be creating a large-scale wall painting in the group show Two Peacocks at Gallery North, Newcastle. She was awarded the Graduate Printmaking Prize from Jealous Print Studios in July 2010.