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Phil Frankland – Untitled, 2015

Newcastle-based artist Phil Frankland brings a sample of recent paintings and collages to 36 Lime Street, with art exhibition Combed Into A Pile taking place from Thursday 12th until Sunday 15th November. The Ouseburn studio plays host to the first solo presentation of Frankland’s work, with the collection on show part of a much larger body of work which examines concerns of painting’s role within the present arts, as both the provider of an image and the record of a medium.

Combed Into A Pile sees work which is often the result of months of accumulating materials, collaging and re-sampling between digital mediums and hand-crafted efforts; with the goal for these painterly assemblages to initially appear spontaneous in appearance, while ultimately carrying with them an aged, brooding and textually dense nature. Frankland wants to tread a certain middle ground between the painted object and the object of painting.

Frankland himself says one of the more important elements of his craft is to “recycle and reinterpret previous manifestations of images into bastardisations of the present, through cool-eyed and often unscripted self-appropriation,” and this exhibition of the former Newcastle University art student’s recent work is well worth a look.

Phil Frankland: Combed Into A Pile is at 36 Lime Street, Newcastle from Thursday 12th until Sunday 15th November.


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