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Image: Seb Trend, The Captain, 2021 – image courtesy of the artist

New exhibition Fake Paintings unites artists Seb Trend and Jane Millican at 36 Gallery on their productive trek with only the one word, action and notion of ‘painting’ as their stimulus. As part of their process they allowed whatever materials felt right at the time – pencil, ceramic, wood – to enter their hand, disguising the starting point entirely and medium selected.

You can usually find Trend firing his ceramic paintings at Ouseburn Pottery, while Millican practises as an artist while lecturing in Fine Art at Newcastle University. For this joint endeavour, which is on display at the Ouseburn gallery from Thursday 10th June-Sunday 4th July, wall-based works are joined by a collaborative installation where the gallery walls were clad in plywood, manifesting a hidden painting within the tracks of the wood grain. Jane exposes their purpose: “What first appear to be quickly executed gestural paintings reveal themselves to be, in fact, slowly made trompe l’œil pencil drawings. Beginning with an examination of painting, surface details and the points where fluid colours collide.”

Aiming to include the community through local charity partners Tyne Housing, Ouseburn Farm and Chilli Studios, the project will run response workshops and present virtual tours from the artists’ Instagram pages.

Fake Paintings exhibits at 36 Gallery, Newcastle from Thursday 10th June-Sunday 4th July

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