Jeff McMillan

Untitled (Sanpietrino-Rome)

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Year 2020
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions 28 x 23.5 cm

About the work

When I’m away from my studio and travelling, I still want to keep working. Over the years I have developed a series where I find locally sourced paper and pick up found objects unique to a place and use them to literally reveal themselves as a drawing. A small box of watercolours is easy to pack, and the paint’s fluidity maps facets, divots, and undulations. I spent the last months of 2020 in Rome, and one of the city’s ubiquitous black basalt cobblestones, a ‘sanpietrino’ (little St Peter’s) gives the form to this image.

About the artist:

Born 1968 Lubbock, Jeff McMillan lives and works in London. Graduated from Texas Tech University (1991); and MFA University of Alabama (1995).

McMillan approaches painting through materiality and process, often in dialogue with the found object. In the artist’s catalogue Biblio (2019), Deborah Levy writes:

It is unusual for the abstract and the uncanny to aesthetically and emotionally rub along with each other, yet McMillan, in working with familiar objects and giving them an other life, has made an other language… 

His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.

Selected solo exhibitions include Kristof de Clercq Gallery, Ghent (2018 and 2021); South Face, Handel Street Projects, London (2016); and The Possibility of an Island, PEER, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Fuori le Mura, British School at Rome (2020); The Unseen Masterpiece, (online), Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2020); Books + Paper II, Christine König Galerie, Vienna (2019); Fading Away, 22,48m2, Paris (2018); 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2018); Five Easy Pieces, Large Glass, London (2017); Found, The Foundling Museum, London (2016); ABJAD, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); six mementos for the next…, Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (2013); Boule to Braid: Curated by Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London (2009); and the John Moores Painting Prize, London (2002, 2004, 2006).

Awards include the Abbey Painting Fellowship at the British School in Rome (2020).

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