Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April · Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm


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Kelly Chorpening

An Old Master

Year 2015
Medium Marker and pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.9 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Thu 16 April, 2015 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Thu 30 April, 2015 at 9:00pm

Kelly Chorpening:

Kelly Chorpening lives and works in London. She is currently the Course Leader for B.A. (Hons) Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL and her teaching of drawing has extended to students of archaeology (The New School and New York University), engineering (Kings College London) and architecture (The AA Schools). She studied at Hunter College of Art, City University of New York, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio and Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, British Columbia. She has made conference presentations for the ICA and The National Gallery, London; RMIT, Melbourne; the American University Dubai and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Her group and solo projects include exhibitions at Dilston Grove, London (2015); Fabbrica Europa, Italy (2012), and Voorkamer, Belgium (2011) alongside projects developed as books, published by Studio International, USA(2014); Loughborough University/Marmalade Press (2014); Bright Publications, London(2012); RGAP and Sint-Lucas Visual Arts, Ghent (2012), and OPAK, FAK, KULeuven, Belgium (2012).

Kelly Chorpening's drawing An Old Master relates to a series created for a recent exhibition at Horatio Jr. A Union of Voices where artists’ created books. The drawing relates to the Horatio Jr. book containing a series of drawings depicting the backs of old master paintings, that reveal evidence of their provenance or conservation. This interest in the backs of paintings, in a roundabout way, derives from an intriguing detail in Giotto’s Franciscan Cycle in Assisi (1297-1300) where a cross is depicted from behind. It’s a slim object where one side is meaningful and important, but what we see is surprisingly mundane.