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Andrew Eadington in the FBA Futures

Congratulations to our former Portrait Diploma student, Andrew Eadington, who has been selected for the FBA Futures 2020 exhibition.

FBA Futures 2020

Contemporary figurative painting, sculpture and drawing by new graduates

6 – 18 January 2020, Mall Galleries

Mall Galleries is delighted to present the eighth edition of FBA Futures, the UK’s largest annual survey showcasing the best in contemporary figurative art. Mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship,FBA Futures 2020 presents over eighty works by forty-three of the most outstanding art graduates of 2019.

Clare O’Brien, CEO of Mall Galleries said, “FBA Futures 2020 is comprised of artists who we hope will go on to shape the future of figurative art. They will join artists from the last seven years of Futures whose works are now in the collections of museums and galleries in the UK and Europe. This reflects the strong resurgence of interest in figurative art and especially contemporary painting, seen across the wider art market.”

FBA Futures 2020 reveals a significant interest in the body especially from female artists including Amy Steer, Miranda Forrester, Rosanna Dean and Iyesha Walker. The artists explore body politics, gender identity, the physicality of the body, and the body in society; present feminist perspectives on their own bodies, and challenge the male gaze in the history of painting.

Themes of personal and collective cultural memory feature in other works including Eleanor Watson’s small oil paintings on natural woods of domestic objects from stately homes built on the wealth of the Empire, are reminders that some histories require active unforgetting; and in Da Hyoung Choi’s The Same Area 19 Days Later, Mercue Hotel in Aden, Yemen the artist archives images of buildings lost in the conflict and applies the Renaissance perspective to create a new image in paint.

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