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    Gareth Brighton

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    Gareth Brighton

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Artist Biography


Gareth Brighton





I am an artist from Christchurch. I graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury (2016) specializing in a mixture of printmaking and painting, primarily on found materials. My visual objects intend to make my viewers slow down and examine the materials and structure of pictorial communication.

My early works dealt with implied narratives, aiming to engage people as both viewers and the author of their own narrative sparked by the scenes I produced. The works from this period used images appropriated from film alluding to perceivable middle points, points of mid discourse or transition. They were then rendered layer by layer onto salvaged plywood. Using obviously solid material subverted the illusion of space implied by the images construction. This allows the image to be assessed in terms of narrative as well as through a more formal pictorial language. Since my exhibition and publication Temporal this work has now been concluded.

More recently, beginning with my split exhibition Considerably Less Stressful with New Zealand artist Thomas Hancock, and my first Solo exhibition Until Your Room is Ready I abandon figuration for a more exoteric form of representation. Making works which marry references to written and pictorial language; drawn and painterly picture making. This resulted in a body of work that was overall seemingly abstract while still holding reference to such things as calligraphy or occult sigils. These references are given a different accent through spray paint, pastels and oil sticks. My casual line work could then be offset by dense patches of colours allowing vague – sometimes cartoonish – forms to appear. This creates objects with a sense of condensed significance, boiled down to simple – sometimes minimal – works depicted on to a picture plan of recycled fabric or plywood.

  • Natural Selection. 2013, Hackthorne Gardens. Gareth Brighton, Sam Clauge, Ella Duncan,  Liv Worsnop.

  • FIGG-ER-AY-SUN. 2015, Chambers Art Gallery. Gareth Brighton, Sam Clauge, Thomas Hancock, Stephanie McEwin.

  • Colloquy. 2015. Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury. Gareth Brighton, Josh Harris, Kaela Marshall, Aimee Shaw.

  • Temporal. 2015. Chambers Art Gallery. Gareth Brighton.

  • (Untitled group exhibition). 2016. PG Gallery 192. Gareth Brighton, Hamish Coleman, Chris Pole and Andrew Ross.

It, going on. 2016. Log Recordings. Gareth Brighton, Sam Clague, Tjalling de Vries and Thomas Hancock with performances from Markdown, Master Blaster and Saturnian Noise Collective.

  • Lie to me. 2016. QB Studios. Gareth Brighton, Janie Bruce, Olivia Chamberlain, Sam Clague, Tyne Gordon and Thomas Hancock.

  • [Sic]. 2017. Chambers Gallery. Gareth Brighton and Sam Clague.

  • (Featured artist). 2018. Iron Bridge Fine Art. Gareth Brighton. Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England.

  • Considerably Less Stressful.  2018. Chambers Art Gallery. Gareth Brighton and Thomas Hancock.

  • Until Your Room is Ready. 2019 Chamber Art Gallery.

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