Stuart Middleton

Drei Gleichen

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Year 2015
Medium Biro on paper
Dimensions 21.1 x 29.7 cm

About the work

Drawn from life whilst waiting at a service station in Germany, in the municipality of Drei Gleichen (Three Castles), in Thüringer. The station has an outdoor grill, and I drew three men eating pretzels and sausages from the van.

About the artist:

Born 1987 Crewe, Stuart Middleton lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Art, London (2009); and HBK Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (2016).

Middleton’s practice involves drawing, painting, sculpture, text and animation. His projects reflect on structures that both control and comfort, using storytelling as a research method to examine spaces where ideas of responsibility, capital, gender, class and cruelty intersect. His diverse use of materials and his multi-disciplinary approach intentionally seeks to avoid conventional classification in order to develop a resistant form of creativity that is responsive and economical in terms of energy, material and its effect on the environment.

Selected solo exhibitions include Rupert, Lithuania (2021); Stuart Middleton, Carlos/Ishikawa at Qiao Space, Shanghai (2019); Motivation and Personality, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (2018); Improvers, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2018); Beat, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2017); Beat, Tramway, Glasgow (2017); the gonks, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2015); and Sad Sketches, Piper Keys, London (2014).  Selected group exhibitions include Towner International Inaugural Biennial, Towner, Eastbourne (2020); Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2020); Online Exhibition, The Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London (2020); Animation Beyond Cinema, National Gallery of Art, Washington (2019); Hello, My Name is Capitalism, Peak Projects, London (2019); Techniques of the Observer, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2019); Drawing Biennale 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); Animation Beyond Cinema, National Gallery of Art, Poznan (2018); and Bug Out, Schiefe Zähne, Berlin (2018).

Awards include Gasworks + Proyecto URRA Residency, Buenos Aires (2019); Städelschule Portikus e.V Prize (2016); Elephant Trust funding and Arts Council Grants for the Arts (2013); and Mostyn Open 18 Prize Winner, Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno (2013).

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