Men of Cornwall, 2012
Oil on canvas
Original size: 42 x 53.5 in / 107 x 136 cm
Photographer: Anna Arca
Eleanor Moreton (b. London, 1956) lives and works in London.
Moreton’s recent work has further evolved her enquiry into image-making and a dissection of those cultures which produced the photographs, paintings or illustrations she works from. Working from specific cultural artefacts, products of a historical/geographical place, she refers repeatedly to psychoanalysis, European history of the last 200 years, homes, the feminine and literature. Hers are paintings of longing and ambivalence, nostalgic and sentimental, yet analytical and critical, they investigate a sense of loss that drives us in acquisitiveness, addiction, deception and creativity. Moreton often chooses images of the pauses in people’s lives, where they present themselves for others, for history.
Solo exhibitions include Tales of Love and Darkness, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK, 2014; I See the Bones in the River, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, 2012; The Lady of Shallot, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, 2010; Im Wartezimmer, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool and Harewood House, Leeds, 2010.
Recent group exhibitions include A Painters Craft, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2013; Group Show, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris, France, 2013; New British, Lloyds Club, London UK, 2013; Rituals Are Tellers Of Us, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK, 2013; Make Believe, Galerie Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, 2011; Behind the Mask, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2010 and Fade Away, Transition Gallery, London, 2010. Eleanor was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize, 2008, Creekside Open, London, 2009 and Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, 2009.