MADDIE ROSE HILLS - The Long Winding Shores
1st - 4th November
London based painter making works that sit between Abstract and Landscape painting.
The solo exhibition by Maddie Rose Hills at Blue Shop features a new series of miniature landscape paintings & a selection of limited edition fine art prints. Alongside these are two un-exhibited large paintings, one of which will be created in the space the day before the exhibition. From delicate landscapes to large canvases, the work embodies her love of paint as a material & the landscape as subject matter.
The title of the show comes from a song by Scottish Celtic rock band, Runrig, in which they sing about Loch Maree in Scotland, a place she has been visiting and painting for many years. Each painted landscape depicts a place close to her heart, whether visited once, or for the past ten years. It's the process of painting the landscape from memory that gives the work its elusive, hazy style. Each work is titled after something that she remembers specifically about that place.
Currently midway through a series, the exhibition offers a more intimate viewing experience, not showing a final edit but turning the spotlight on the moments that are normally kept inside the studio.
Sitting somewhere between abstract and landscape, Hills’ work explores mark-making and constantly questions how she can manipulate materials to create interesting surfaces. Maddie will be creating a large painting on unstretched canvas inside Blue Shop Cottage in the days leading up to the Opening Night. Here the painting process is taken out of the studio and into the gallery.
2012- 2015: First Class BA Hons: Drawing and Applied Arts, University of West England
2011- 2012: Foundation in Art and Design: Arts University Bournemouth
2018: Work acquired by British Airways Art Collection
2017: Beckenham Place Park Studio Residency
2015: Wildfjords Artist Residency. Westfjords, Iceland
2017: The Long Winding Shores, Blue Shop Cottage
2017: Boundaries, Loughran Gallery
2016: Maddie Rose Hills, Kit and Ace
2018: Emerging Artists 2018, 45 Park Lane, Dorchester Collection, London
2018: Charles Baker Place Pop Up, Young Artist Partnership
2017: Female Founders Present, Eccleston Yards, London
2017: Collaborative Piece for Art Peckham, Flying Dutchman, London
2017: Science of Design, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London
2016: Whithurst Park Art Fair, Kirdford
2016: ‘Nothing to see here’, The Square Gallery, Battersea
2016: Homegrown Festival, Battersea Arts Centre, London
2016: Porta Romana Showroom, Paris Deco Off, Paris
2015: One, Untitled BCN, Barcelona