Drawing Biennial 2019

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

Exhibition: 20 February – 26 March · Auction: 11 March 10am – 26 March 9.30pm


Jyll Bradley

Umbrella Work (Yellow)

Year 2019
Medium Carbon line and fluorescent paint on coloured carbon paper, hot mounted on fluorescent green Plexiglas
Dimensions 25 cm diameter
Bidding Open Mon 11 March, 2019 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

About the work:

Umbrella Work refers to the rural practice of stringing a hop garden ready for spring growth – literally creating space by drawing patterns through air with coir. This new drawing - layering paint and line – evokes a childhood moment of looking up through a strung hop garden and experiencing space as volume. The work brings memory to the present through pairing vintage carbon paper with contemporary Plexiglas; its circularity suggests coinage, a personal currency of mark-making.

About the artist:

Born 1966 Folkestone, Jyll Bradley lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (1988), and Higher Diploma (Media) Slade School of Art (1993).

Bradley's installations, films, drawings and sculptures bring together the formal vigour of Minimalism with a highly personal exploration of identity and place. Light is an important protagonist in her practice, and she talks of using it to "bring things into the present". Her work combines craftsperson-ship with industrial fabrication through dynamic pairings of materials from different art histories or traditions - for instance fluorescent Edge-Lit Plexiglas with re-purposed timber. Bradley's work often engages with site and the creation of new, spaces. Her acclaimed public realm commissions include Green/Light (for M.R.) for The Folkestone Triennial and Dutch/Light for Turner Contemporary.

Her work is held in public and private collections including Government Art Collection, UK; Folkestone Art Works (long term loan); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; National Library of Australia; and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.

Selected exhibitions include a solo presentation at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2021); Sculpture in the City, London (2018, 2019, 2020); Neo-Geometry, New Art Centre, Roche Court (2017); Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021); City of Trees, The National Library of Australia, Canberra (2013); The Negligent Eye, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2011); Naming Spaces, Newlyn Art Gallery (The Exchange), Penzance (2010); The Botanic Garden, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2008); This Storm Is What We Call Progress, Arnolfini, Bristol (2005); Fragrant Guangzhou, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou (2004); Esencia Floral, Museo De Antioquia, Medellin (2004); and The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London (1990).