Gwenyth Fugard’s mixed media works are visceral, physical and gestural. In her work there is a violent and sensual bringing together of processes using paint and fabric in collision. The violence lies in the very physical process of folding, stitching, scratching, tearing and puncturing of surfaces. Paint is pressed into linen, organza, scrims and gauzes. The works evidence a method of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction, activating the surface.

During the process of painting there is a visual language of marks and punctuations that reappear and characterise the works; codes the viewer can discover. The surfaces have a sensuality. In some works there are velvety bold textures of thick paint, whilst in other works the paint is like a blush, a whisper, a breath. Discipline is asserted upon the fragile and raw natural materials, whilst other areas of the composition are left free to unfurl of their own accord. Layering and disrupting within each work, areas are left untouched with peripheries laid bare.

Lives and works in London

British / New Zealand

2019Unit 1 Gallery, London, ‘Editions Show’, group show
Lisa Norris Gallery, ‘Four in Focus’, group show
2018Herrick Gallery, London, group show
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, winter group show
     Unit 1 Gallery, London, ‘Radical Residency II’, Group Show
    Roaming Room Gallery, London, Collaboration 5, ‘The Hand of the Artist’, group show
    Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, ‘Exceptional Art Award’, group show
    Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Accidental Beauty’, solo show
2017    North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex, Summer exhibition,
group show
2016     Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Stratum’, group show 
  Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Monochromatic’, group show
2015     Roaming Room Gallery, London, ‘Collaborators 4’, group show
    Lisa Norris Gallery, London, ‘Illusionary Spaces’, Solo Show
2014NOA, Somerset House, London
Lisa Norris Gallery, London, group Show

‘Signature Art Prize Exhibition’, Degree Art, Vyner Street,
2013‘Rising Stars’, Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
2018Radical Residency II, Unit 1 Gallery, London
2018Exceptional Award, Collyer Bristow, Finalist
2017The Tony Carter Award, City & Guilds of London Art School
2014NOA Finalist
Winner, ‘Signature Art Prize’, London (painting category)
Long listed for Griffin Art Prize, London
2013Clyde & Co Art Award, London
2016 – 2017City and Guilds of London Art School
2008 – 2013Central Saint Martins School of Fine Arts