Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Donna Huddleston


Top Pick

Katharine Stout, Deputy Director ICA, London and Sacha Craddock


by Jennifer Higgie, writer, co-editor Frieze and editor Frieze Masters

Year 2017
Medium Caran d'ache on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Donna Huddleston:

Born 1970 Belfast, Donna Huddleston lives and works in London. Graduated from the National Art School, Sydney (1994), and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (1997).

Huddleston's work draws on a range of influences that span the worlds of film, theatre, literature, design and the visual arts. Collapsing the boundaries between life and theatre, Huddleston’s drawings marry ritualistic narrative with an unpretentious medium. Her dramatic tableaux and cryptic pencil studies combine the austerity of technical drawing with a tonally resonant palette. Her media includes Caran d’ache colour pencil, metal-point, watercolour and graphite. The evocation of memory through texture is the formalist ambition of Huddleston’s works on paper.

Her alternately stark and theatrical compositions include objects made in various media that combine sculptural presence with functionality and set design. 

Huddleston's works are held in public and private collections including British Arts Council, London, and USB Collection, Netherlands.

Selected solo exhibitions include Simon Lee Gallery, New York (2021); The Exhausted Student, Drawing Room, London (2019); Transitional Drawing, Charles Asprey, Tyers St. (2019); Witch Dance, performance and exhibition, Drawing Room, London (2013); Witch Dance, Mural commission, Sadlers' Wells (2012); Smoke Garden, Galerie Juliette Jongma (2011); Golden Hands, Curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Summer House, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2006). Select group exhibitions include Viva la Fiesta, French Riviera, London (2020); Viva Ultra, Mackintosh Lane, London (2019); Out of This World, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2019); Show Window, Kate Macgarry Gallery, London (2016); Making and Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Interstellar, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin (2015); One Day something happens, Arts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds and touring (2015); A rehearsal, Waterside Contemporary, London (2013); In the Belly of the Whale (Act III.), Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012); and Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring (2010 - 2011). 

Awards include Paul Hamlyn Award (2020); the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010); shortlisted for the inaugural Maxmara Women's Prize (2005).