Contemporary painter Nick Goss reimagines the city of London, exploring themes of migration and natural disaster.
The first museum show of paintings by Nick Goss, one of Britain’s most important emerging contemporary painters who sites Modern British artists such as Edward Burra, Paul Nash and Eileen Agar as a constant source of inspiration. Large-scale narrative paintings feature imaginary cityscapes, interiors and landscapes and explore themes of migration and natural disaster.
Through 10-12 substantial paintings Goss reimagines his home city of London through his impressions of the 1953 Flood in Zeeland, the Netherlands, as recounted by his maternal grandmother, as well as JG Ballard’s pioneering 1962 work of climate fiction ‘The Drowned World’. Glimpses of the familiar reflect back at the viewer, rendering the city uncanny, warped and transformed. The exhibition includes two major new paintings and marks a critical point in its connection of ideas in Goss’s De Ramp (2017) and Dolphin Express (2018) series.
The paintings are layered in the use of materials – oil, silkscreens, stencils and pastels – as much as in the stories they tell, drawing on personal memories as well as historical events. Imagery combining observations of everyday life in the artist’s South London urban surroundings play with time and question the psychology of place.
An accompanying display will feature works from the Pallant House Gallery collection of Modern British art, including works by artists of inspiration to Goss: Eileen Agar, Edward Burra, Michael Andrews and Paul Nash. A selection of works on paper by Nick Goss will feature in this display.