See the best art in May

Usk Castle Spring Exhibition – Chainsaw artist Adam Humphreys is joined by 7 artists at this idyllic setting for a mixed exhibition.  Artists include Illustrator Shelly Perkins and sculptor Steve Henderson. At Usk Castle, Usk, Monmouthshire 27th & 28th April, 2nd-6th May and again on the 9th-12th May.

Marking the Line: Ceramics and Architecture – modern works of art by ceramicists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown juxtaposed with the unique design and collections of Sir John Soane at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 from 8 March to 27 Apr. Will then tour to two other houses with a Soane connection: Port Eliot, Cornwall (21 May-15 July) and Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing (25 Jul-22 Sep). There will be educational workshops throughout the exhibition’s tour, and a symposium at Somerset House, London on 26 March will discuss the boundaries and similarities of the artists’ work in a dynamic debating forum.   

Saloua Raouda Choucair 
– an exhibition celebrating this Lebanese artist’s extraordinary body of work. Choucair worked in diverse media pursuing her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Her work combines elements of western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics. It is characterised by an experimental approach to materials alongside an elegant use of modular forms, lines and curves drawn from the traditions of Islamic design. The exhibition focuses on Choucair’s sculptures from the 1950s to the 1980s, created in wood, metal, stone and fibreglass, as well as extensive examples of her early abstract paintings and some key figurative works. From 17th April until 20th October at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG;

Instinct for Water
– an exhibition of one of Greece’s finest painters, Maria Filopoulou with works including some of her signature ‘Underwater Swimmer’ pieces and newer work based on waterfalls. From 15th April until 17th May at Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle Street, London, W1.

40 Interiors – Liss Fine Art’s new online exhibition with works of art for sale on a theme of interiors from 22nd April until 12th May. Items are available to view and purchase at

The Hungry Eye: An Exhibition Of New Still Life Paintings – Stephen Rose’s works demonstrate a wonderfully contemporary take on the classical tradition of still life painting, taking the products and packaging of the modern supermarket and beautifully observing them giving them the validity of objets d’art. From 22nd April until 3rd May at Mark Mitchell Paul Mitchell Ltd., 17 Avery Row, Brook Street, London, W1.

In the Realm of Perception: Realism, Fidelity and Metamorphosis
– an exhibition of contemporary paintings by the British artist Michael Sangster who works from observation, using traditional subject matter such as still life, and light and shade. From 22nd until 27th April at Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, London W1;

Picture Language: Paintings and original prints – an exhibition of paintings and etchings by the British Surrealist artist Julian Trevelyan. The show will launch the first monograph on the artist written by Julian Trevelyan’s son, Philip Trevelyan. This show will offer for sale important works from the artist’s early surrealist period and later works of the Thames. From 23rd April until 1st June at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

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Roland Collins
– an exhibition of works by British artist Roland Collins documenting the architecture and landscapes of his extensive travels – London, Sussex, Kent and Dieppe being particular favourites, many scenes of which are no longer in existence. From 23rd April until 10th May at Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1;

Food Photographer of the Year
– now in its second year, international competition Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 will be displaying more than 90 vibrant and diverse images celebrating the culture of food, by professional, amateur, old and young photographers. From 23rd until 28th April at Mall Galleries, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square) London SW1.

The First Cut – a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by over 30 international contemporary artists who work with paper in revolutionary ways. It explores how they transform humble scraps of paper, through cutting, folding and sculpting, into powerful creations that could be destroyed with a single tear. From 24th April until 9th June at Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham;

Derek Holland: A Painter Rediscovered
– an exhibition featuring paintings by Derek Holland to view and for sale from 24th April until 11th May at Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10;

At The Edge
– Kate Nessler exhibits twenty-one of her watercolour and graphite paintings featuring a unique approach to painting on vellum; Kate sees the edges themselves as new forms that become an important part of each painting. From 24th April until 11th May at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London, SW10;

Superspectivism – an exhibition of new ‘Reverspective’ oil paintings by Patrick Hughes. Nine works present Hughes’ characteristic reversed perspective to create the extraordinary visual illusion of moving painting that challenge the viewers’ perceptions of life, presenting reality in reverse. From 24th April until 18th May at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London, W1

Behind Closed Doors
– Pete Hawkins’ new solo exhibition features miniature modern fables on antique doors. Each painting possesses the slightly macabre undercurrent present in both Pete’s work and the most memorable folktales from one’s childhood. Married to the possibility a door represents, the pieces become potent fetishes representing opportunities taken or missed. From 25th April until 25th May at The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG;

The London Original Print Fair – the longest-running specialist print fair in the world will this year be celebrating its 28th anniversary exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts, covering all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Dürer and his contemporaries to the graphic work of contemporary masters such as Hockney and Hirst. From 25th April until 28th April at Booth 48, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1;

Mary Newcomb – an exhibition of works by visionary British painter Mary Newcomb (1922-2008). From 25th April until 1st June at Crane Kalman Gallery Ltd, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3.

Katie Paterson
– this exhibition is the culmination of Katie Paterson’s residency at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge. Collaborating with leading scientists and researches, her poetic and conceptual projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. From 26th April until 23rd June at Kettle’s Yard Gallery, St Peter’s Church, Cambridge. Visit

Drawing the River
– works by Leon Morrocco bringing together large-scale canvases alongside working sketches and pastels painted along he banks of the Thames at various points between Battersea Power Station and Blackfriars. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London, W1 from 26th April until 25th May;

Intersection – artist Alexander James will be staging a major solo exhibition, the culmination of his long-standing fascination with the theme Vanitas. Using objects from nature and handmade props, the artist constructs ephemeral sculptural installations underwater in black tanks filled with highly purified water and photographs the scene, all free from post-production and digital editing. From 26th April until 23rd May at The Studio Building, Notting Hill , 21 Evesham Street, London W11.

Lucy Jones Open Studio Exhibition – Artist Lucy Jones will be exhibiting her works at her studio from 26th April until 28th April at Unit 2, The Hay Barn, Church House Farm, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire;

made, unmade – British artist Julie Brook’s first solo exhibition with works inspired by her time living and working in a succession of wild and remote landscapes. The exhibition will feature a series of drawings alongside a specially commissioned rug produced by Dovecot weaver Jonathan Cleaver, inspired by Brook’s work. Dovecot will also host a series of ‘In conversation’ events between Julie Brook and a diverse collection of award winning artists. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 27th April until 1st June;

William Scott: Divided Figure – an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Scott, one of the leading and most influential British painters of the 20th century and a central figure in European and American art. It will focus on Scott’s figure works, both on canvas and on paper, created between 1954-1973 and will include photographs, exhibition catalogues and archive material. From 27th April until 10th July at Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex;

Jeremiah Dixon (of Cockfield): Mason Dixon Line Anniversary
– An exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the survey to mark the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania, known as the Mason-Dixon Line. It tells the story of Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779), one of County Durham’s most talented but little known scientists. From 27th April until 6th October at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham;

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Celia Paul, Recent Work, ‘Separation’ and 20 Prints for 20 Years: 1991-2011
Formerly on display in Chichester Cathedral, this series of 14 paintings describes the artist Celia Paul’s grief at the death of Lucien Freud. The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams described these paintings as showing “a certain rawness of isolation or vulnerability”. Marlborough Graphics will also be presenting 20 of Paul’s prints in tribue to Dorothea Wight and Marc Balakjian. At Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albermarle Street, London, W1S.
From: 10th April – 3rd May 2013
Contact: 020 7629 5161,

The Hungry Eye: An Exhibition Of New Still Life Paintings – Stephen Rose’s works demonstrate a wonderfully contemporary take on the classical tradition of still life painting, taking the products and packaging of the modern supermarket and beautifully observing them giving them the validity of objets d’art. From 22nd April until 3rd May at Mark Mitchell Paul Mitchell Ltd., 17 Avery Row, Brook Street, London, W1;

Sylvia Sleigh. A realist painter who became an important part of New York’s feminist art scene in the 1960s and beyond, Sylvia Sleigh was particularly well-known for her explicit paintings of male nudes, which challenged the art historical tradition of male artists painting female subjects as objects of desire. This exhibition will be the largest exhibition of her work to date, and promises to have a powerful impact on viewers. At the Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool from 8 Feb – 3 May 2013.

Adam de Boer Debut UK solo exhibition
. American-Indonesian artist Adam de Boer addresses his hybrid cultural identity through hybrid paintings. By bringing Javanese folk art techniques together with contemporary lo-fi aesthetics and highly traditional subject matter with strikingly modern scenes, he expresses the disjuncture of coming from two quite disparate cultures. Until 4th May. Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, Regent Street, London, W1F.

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