Towner Eastbourne


Autumn at TOWNER Eastbourne

A modern British and a contemporary artist will be exhibited in concurrent shows delving into the concept of the gesture and inviting us to reconsider the influence of female artists whose work has been eclipsed in art historical prose to date, both running from 16th October to 30th January 2022.

Towner is pleased to present the first institutional exhibition in over a decade by British artist Margaret Mellis (1914-2009), one of the first and last survivors of the group of modernist artists that came together in St Ives, Cornwall, in the 1940s.

Margaret Mellis, Melon, 1947. © Margaret Mellis Estate. Courtesy of The Redfern Gallery

The exhibition tells the story of Mellis’ progression from art student at Edinburgh College of Art, honing her practice under the tutelage of Scottish Colourist Samuel Peploe, combined with a period of early experiment with collage. It also looks at her contemplative, yet playful driftwood constructions that dominated the final twenty years of her life and work, now often seen as the ‘culmination’ of her practice.

Margaret Mellis, Six, 1980 © Margaret Mellis Estate. Courtesy of The Redfern Gallery

The gallery concurrently presents a series of new works by Melissa Gordon. The presentation, Liquid Gestures, will be the largest institutional exhibition of work by the artist to date. Formed of a series of new paintings and installation works, it invites us to reconsider the influence of women artists whose work has been eclipsed in art historical prose.

Melissa Gordon, Female Readymade 2

Gordon is a British and American artist based in Brussels whose practice, as a painter, writer, and organiser is concerned with the body, gesture, and painting through the lens of feminism. Liquid Gestures will feature new large-scale paintings that further her examination of modern art histories, ideas of authorship, and the appropriation of certain ‘gestures’.

Melissa Gordon, Female Readymade 1

Visit and @TownerGallery for more information.

pictured at top: Melissa Gordon, Female Readymade 5


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