Wandsworth Art Curated: Alice Wilson

Local artist, Alice Wilson, was invited as part of Wandsworth Art to curate a selection of her favourite artist profiles. Here’s her curated list –

I have really enjoyed looking at all the fantastic profiles of artists living and/or working in Wandsworth. I have lived in Battersea for a few years but have enjoyed a long relationship with the borough. I exhibited with the artist led project space artlacuna and received arts and culture grant from the council to work with local primary school Falconbrook Primary. As part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe in 2017 I was delighted to exhibit a participatory artwork with The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park and spent the weekend of the fringe meeting and talking to those engaging with my work. In 2019 I had a solo exhibition, ISLAND with JGM Gallery which is situated next door to the Royal College of Art on Howie Street. 

I approached this selection process with real excitement, looking forward to finding new artists as well as seeking out a couple of artists that I have worked with and know well. I looked at every listing as I did not want to judge any artist from a cropped image and I was so glad to have been afforded the time to do this. On reflection I think I have chosen a range of artists that have a strong connection to materiality and their chosen subject. 

Yau Chung Tong – the remarkable craft and delicate colour that Yau uses makes me really want to see and touch this work in real life. I was also really drawn by the play between form and function, the miniature vessels have been displayed as I used to display thimbles, making a connection to collecting and maybe not always needing to use the objects, I think they are little objects of desire.  

Gordon Glyn Jones – I love looking at drawings, there is something about a well rendered line that I am always envious of, it can show that connection and patience between looking and recording. Gordon’s drawings kind of combined this draftsmanship with an element of dreaming and I really enjoyed the way each work revealed more the more I looked. 

Frances Richardson – Frances is an artist I have been very fortunate to get to know over the last year or so, materials and making have been the catalyst for many of our conversations. Her work is eloquent and semantic, it is thinking through making, I think Frances sets herself puzzles with different starting points and no clear answers. 

Amy Adams –  These photographs really made me feel joyful, the moments captured feel very genuine and are so full of personality, which is no mean feet. I admire photographers who are able to do this, it is a testament to their ability to put their subject at ease. The use of colour is also very impressive – I would be curious to know how much post production happens, they are very accomplished works. 

Monette Larson – I was immediately drawn to the image Monette had chosen as her profile, the colour and form stood out and I needed to find out how the work was made. I think this work really appeals to me as it is so far from what I feel able to make, its clean process with one material, glass, and the clever use of colour makes for very striking work. 

Juli Fejer – what is so apparent in Juli’s work is a real honesty and joy in the work, I feel they’re quite celebratory, (with the possible exception of ‘Suburban Panic’) They don’t pander to trends or allow themselves to be controlled, they’re just enormously full of feeling and energy. I like them a lot. 

Susannah Nathanson – it was the subject matter that immediately appealed to me in this work and then when I read about her practice I was taken aback to find our they are paintings, I’d love to see these works in real life, I’d also quite like to see the objects they were painted from as well!  

Joe Rashbrook – I’d love to see more work like Joe’s around the streets of London, I thought this was a great portfolio. Maybe councils should employ more artists to invigorate dilapidated or empty buildings. The temporary nature of this work is also quite brave and appealing, as an artist working predominantly with galleries I spend a lot of time thinking about how works can be preserved and last a really long time, there is something really great about the temporal nature of painting on buildings. 

Ralph Anderson – I have the pleasure of being married to Ralph Anderson and so there is no way he could not be on this list. Ralph’s commitment to painting is something I admired in him 15 years ago and it has not wavered in this time, his methodical and dedicated approach to his studio practice has seen the generation of various bodies of work, currently he painstakingly forms paintings by cutting out paintings on aluminium in works that sit proud of the wall casting shadows of form and light. 

Dairo Vargas – these paintings took me straight to work of Francois Boucher with the palette used by Dairo, and also for the swirling composition around the canvas. I was really struck by the technical competency of these paintings.