Joan Day Painting Bursary | Rufus Newell | 04 June – 26 June 2016

South Square Gallery is pleased to announce that this year's Joan Day Painting Bursary has been awarded to Rufus Newell. The selection panel were drawn to Rufus’ playful and colourful painting style. It was clear from his application that Rufus enjoys experimenting with paint and whilst he has lots of experience exhibiting as part of collectives and in group exhibitions this will be Rufus’ first solo exhibition.

Rufus’ work is spontaneous and immediate and he uses painting and drawing (and drawing with paint) to quickly develop both 2-D and 3-D works. This energetic and rapid way of working can result in the depiction of heads, horses, arms, noses, fists, pots, leaves and cakes! The exhibition will come together through a process of overlaying and editing, to create an installation in gallery space. Rufus explains…

“Living in West Yorkshire and receiving this bursary has given me a greater connection to the north of England and provides further reason to resist the pull to move to London which for a recent art graduate such as myself can seem overwhelming. With the bursary I intend to really push and develop a sense of play, experimentation and scale to my production methods and plan to create a new body of work for the concluding exhibition in June. “ Rufus Newell

Painting Discussion, 6-7pm Friday 03 June: A chance for fellow painters and creatives to meet the artist, share ideas and feedback on each others work. Places for this hour long sessions are free but limited – to book please email:

Opening Event: 7-9pm 03 June 2016

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