on Surface | Perspectives on Painting



on Surface showcases the work of a group of emerging contemporary artists who share certain affinities and approaches – Anna Brass, David Cooper, Laurence Grave and Henry Ward – together with works from Messums’ artist and selector of the exhibition, Tom Robinson.

While the individual practices of these artists are diverse, they are unified in their dynamic approach to materials, processes and imagery. Robinson references this commonality as a force best described as ‘charge’.




Laurence Grave

- Present ]
Laurence Grave lives and works in Berlin.

Henry Ward

- Present ]
Henry Ward works primarily as a painter, but also makes drawings and small sculptures. He is interested in exploring the language of paint by investigating the threshold between abstraction and representation. He maintains three specific sites of practice; his kitchen table, where he makes small objects, his shed, where he paints on paper, and the studio.

Anna Brass

- Present ]
Anna Brass is an artist and filmmaker based in Norwich.

Tom Robinson

[ 1979
- Present ]
Tom Robinson grew up in Dorset then moved from London to Jersey before settling in Norfolk. He studied at the Byam Shaw and The Prince’s Drawing School (now the Royal Drawing School). He was shortlisted for the Gilchrist Fisher award in 2010…

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