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Gillian Jason Gallery Presents Heart of the Matter: A Celebration of Female Artists

Virtual Exhibition Opens on International Women’s Day - 8 March – 15 April 2021

Gillian Jason Gallery, specialists in Modern and Contemporary Art by Women, presents Heart of the Matter, curated by Mollie E Barnes, Founder of She Curates, and brings together celebrated and emerging female artists. Launching on International Women’s Day 2021, this group exhibition will open in the gallery’s 3D Virtual Viewing Room. 

Heart of the Matter features new and recent works from Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley, Chantal Joffe, Jasmine Pradissitto, Sikelela Owen, Emma Prempeh, Layla Andrews, Eleanor Johnson, Sarah Jane Moon, Sahara Longe and Cecily Brown. Each artwork offers unique visions and explorations into the artist’s contemporary practice. Through Heart of the Matter, and in support of the International Women’s Day theme of 2021, both Gallery and Curator will #ChooseToChallenge gender inequality in the art world while providing a platform for emerging and established artists. With strongly figurative works, contrasted with expressionist and abstract pieces, Heart of the Matter presents a timeless look at contemporary female artists in and from Britain: a snapshot of the present with a powerful and positive look towards the future.  

Included in the exhibition are sculptural works by Jasmine Pradissitto, artist, researcher and environmental activist. Pradissitto is the only artist in the world creating sculpture using Noxtek, a geopolymer that absorbs pollutant gases from the air. In addition, emerging artist Eleanor Johnson describes her paintings as “shape-shifting dreamscapes”, which aim to evoke the liminal nature of a lingering dream and the conflicting emotions that often accompany it. Woven within them are visual references to Celtic Myth and Folklore, paying homage to her Gaelic forebears.  Emma Prempeh, winner of the 2019 Ingram Young Contemporary Prize, explores familial ties and generational continuity through vivid depictions of family members and their experiences.

Elli Jason Foster, Director Gillian Jason Gallery said, “The last twelve months have been tough for many people in the arts. If we are able to take a step towards connecting with the upcoming young collectors and at the same time correcting some of the gender inequalities that have existed for so long in the art world then we can sincerely see great change within our reach. GJG is committed to this change and the artists that we work with.

Main Image (above): Heart of the Matter, Gillian Jason Gallery.

Emma Prempeh, Red, White, Blue and Brown, 2020. Oil, acrylic, fabric, print, imitation gold leaf on canvas.

Tracey Emin, Blue Madonna, 2020. Lithography on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm.

Eleanor Johnson, Brigid and Duir, 2021. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

Jasmine Pradissitto, Persephone, 2021. Noxtek.

Cecily Brown, Untitled (2010), 2010. Monotype on lanaquarelle.