British painter Georgina Clapham conspicuously engages with storytelling and theatricality in her meticulous life sized figurative oil paintings. They operate between portraits and tableau, often referring to Old Master compositions from the Early Modern European Period, principally of nobility or mythological subjects; she combines historical symbolism with contemporary fashion and costume, drawing the viewer into the present. Finding balance between beauty and the grotesque, blending the natural with artifice, she frequently documents the current generation of artists and designers in the UK who are breaking through industry expectations and reintroducing outmoded, historical, or non gender conforming dress in their everyday ensemble. She hopes to portray the psychological power of clothes to transform and embody the inner world of her subjects.
She studied at City and Guilds of London Art School, 2013-14 and graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Printmaking, 2016, where her work has been purchased into the archive. In 2015 she received the ‘Richard Ford Award Travel Scholarship’ to the Prado, Madrid. Her work has been exhibited across the UK; selected shows including the Royal Scottish Academy, ‘RSA: New Contemporaries,’ Edinburgh, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow, and ‘The Aon Community Art Award,’ London, where she was presented a bursary for ‘the most promising artist.’ In 2018 she held her debut solo show, ‘Mythologies and Metamorphoses,’ at Triumph Gallery, Moscow. She also works on commissions, recently designing custom painted gloves in collaboration with fashion designer Dilara Findikoglu for her SS2020 London Fashion week collection.
2016 (Sept-Dec) The Royal Drawing School, London, UK.
2013-2016 The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK. BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting and Printmaking - First Class.
2012-2013 City & Guilds of London Art School, London, UK. UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Distinction.
2018 “Visions at Dusk,” Annenberg Centre, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK. 12th November – 14th December.
2018 “Mythologies and Metamorphoses,” Triumph Gallery, 3/8 Ilyinka Street, 109012, Moscow. Russia. 26th April – 13th May.
2020 ‘NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT,’ Public Gallery, 91 Middlesex Street, London, UK.
2020 ‘The Nitery,’ St. Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St. Martins Lane, Charring Cross, London, UK.
2020 ‘Me Myslef and I,’ Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, Holborn, London, UK.
2019 “PLOP Residency Show,” The Koppel Project, Holborn, London, UK.
2017 “21st National Open Art Exhibition,” Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, UK.
2017 “Contemporary Perspectives on Printmaking,” Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK.
2017 “In The Morning it is Green,” Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, UK.
2017 Selected for "The RGI Glasgow School of Art Graduate Award Exhibition 2016,” The Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine
Arts, Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, UK.
2017 Selected for “RSA: New Contemporaries,” Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK.
2017 Selected for the “AON Community Art Award Exhibition,” Leadenhall Building, London, UK.
2016 “The New Generation Show,” Compass Gallery, Glasgow, UK.
2016 “The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2016,” The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK.
2016 “Gilding the Lily,” The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK.
2015 “Safe & Healthy,” McLellan Galleries/ Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, UK.
2014 “Second Year Show,” Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK.
2013 “City & Guilds Foundation Show,” City & Guilds of London Art School, London, UK.
2012 “National Students’ Exhibition,” Mall Galleries, London, UK.