6cm x 11cm
Rachel Whiteread is one of Britain’s most renowned contemporary sculptors. She studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic, before moving on to sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. Whiteread shot to public attention in 1993 with her sculpture, “House,” a life-sized replica of the interior of a condemned terraced house in London’s East End. The sculpture brought her the 1993 Turner Prize and provoked intense public debate until it was eventually demolished in 1994.
Over the last decade she has developed a significant international reputation, creating major public works in both Europe and the United States. Her winning proposal for the Holocaust memorial at the Judenplatz in Vienna was one of the most prestigious sculptural commissions in Europe in the 1990s. This piece involved placing the cast interior of a library, including imprints from the books on their shelves, into the centre of the square.
Whiteread created ‘Monument’ for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square and her ‘Water Tower’ has recently been reinstalled to the roof of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Artwork kindly donated by Rachel Whiteread, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.
Bottletop Bag, 2010
Digital C-Type Print on Aluminium
50cm x 76cm
Born in London in 1962, Nick Veasey works almost exclusively with X-rays. He creates stunning images that explore beneath the surface, and delve into the depths of everyday objects, ranging from flowers to a bus and its passengers. He aims to counter society’s obsession with superficial appearance by stripping back the layers and highlighting an often surprising inner beauty.
His work requires a painstaking attention to detail, as well as comprehensive safety checks for both himself and his subjects, which often need to be bombarded with ionizing radiation for as long as 12 minutes to get a crisp shot.
Veasey’s exceptional images have resulted in numerous fine- art commissions, requests from large commercial clients, and a host of professional honours. His work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, most recently in 2008 in The David Gallery, California; and Millenia Fine Art in New York and Orlando.
Artwork kindly donated by Nic Tucker, courtesy of Maddox Arts
Oil on Paper
48cm x 46cm
Frank To is already winning an enviable reputation as a contemporary figurative painter, having established a loyal following. Born in Glasgow 1982, he graduated from the University of Huddersfield with BA (Hons) Fine Art. He went on to gain a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College and now works from his studio in Glasgow. In Japanese mythology as following Qin Dynasty Chinese Mythology the Kirin is the highest ranked mythological animal below the Dragon and Phoenix. Although it looks fearsome, the Kirin only punishes the wicked. It is said to appear only in areas ruled by a wise and benevolent leader.
In recent years, To has exhibited alongside important Scottish and international artists including Peter Howson and Damien Hirst.
Artwork kindly donated by Frank To.
B.h. Obama, 2009
Scotch tape, plastic bags, stretcher
100cm x 100cm
Dodi Reifenberg is an artist living and working in Berlin. His artistic works explore issues of social and environmental significance, by recycling the same plastic bags we hold in our hands every day.
Reifenberg used oils, mixed media and formica in his artistic works from 1980 – 1996, then collaborated with partner, Florian Mutschler (Flori Reifenberg) from 1996 – 2001, to produce exhibitions and performances integrating plastic bags and acoustics. Since that time, Reifenberg’s solo endeavours have focused on two dimensional and three dimensional objects, “land works”, and installations in public spaces, such as his much lauded addition to the ‘’Art Goes Heilgendamm Project” at the G8 Summit in Roestock in 2007.
Creating his work out of one of the most wasteful elements of modern society, the plastic bag, Reifenberg re-uses this troublesome material in a variety of ways, cutting the bags into tiny slivers, which are then struck down in mosaic form to create portraits in a style unique to his subject. His rendering of Barack Obama shows the president appearing from the left of the frame, contemplating a wall of empty black plastic to the right, symbolising the huge task ahead.
Artwork kindly donated by Dodi Reifenberg, courtesy of Maddox Arts.
14cm x 10cm x 8cm
Paul Noble was born in 1963 in Dilston, Northumberland. He was one of five founding members of City Racing, an influential artists’ space in London, where he later exhibited in 1990. His practice encompasses painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and also installations. Noble has received widespread international recognition for his monumental project, the meticulous depiction of a fictional city titled Nobson Newtown, which he began in 1995. The city is created on a series of wall sized drawings depicting the fantastical cityscape. The work signifies a utopian vision led astray, and suggests a parody of modern town planning, and the ‘garden cities’ that sprang up around England in the wake of the First World War.
A dedicated draftsman, his intricate drawings are punctuated by varied amorphous forms engaging in human-like behaviour. Paul Noble’s donation this year presents a sculptural realisation of a specific reoccurring feature in his urban landscapes. Noble’s work has been exhibited in London at Cubitt Gallery (1995), Chisenhale Gallery (1998), Tate Britain (1999), and Whitechapel Art Gallery (2004); and internationally at the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo(2003), Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Migros Museum, Zurich (2005) and most recently the Contemporary Art Society (2010). Noble lives and works in London.
Artwork kindly donated by Paul Noble, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery