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The Autumn Auction 2020

10 DEC 2020 7:00 PM
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The Autumn Auction 2020 - Lot 38, Charley Peters, ^NT<>NWO^ (Nice Try, No Way Out)
The Autumn Auction 2020 - Lot 38, Charley Peters, ^NT<>NWO^ (Nice Try, No Way Out)

38. Charley Peters

^NT<>NWO^ (Nice Try, No Way Out)

Signed and dated
Acrylic and spray paint on linen
40 x 55 cm.
Painted in 2019


£1,800 - 3,500

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^NT <> NWO^ appears to be an encrypted title; it stands for (Nice Try / No Way Out), and reflects South London-based painter Charley Peters' way of working that brings together the digital realm with the lived, human experience.  

Charley pushes the spatial potential of painted surfaces. She applies subtle variations in colour, tone and scale to construct illusionary light and structural depth.

Starting from an interest in hard-edged abstract artwork, her work considers how painting has evolved in the context of contemporary media. Through smartphones and tablets, today's society experience thousands of 'flat' images, in quick succession every day, that lack texture and material.

To explore the material nature of paint in this image-hungry world, Charley applies layer upon layer of paint to her works. Gently building up and juxtaposing the different colours, she explores the disrupted relationship of pictorial composition with our experiences of reading space, material and abstract form in the post-digital image world. 


PhD in Fine Art Theory and Practice, 2006

Selected Exhibitions: Saatchi Gallery, London. Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art. PaintLounge at Sluice Expo 2018, Berlin. Dalla Rosa Gallery, London. Z20 Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome. Yantai Art Museum, Yantai. Art 2, New York. Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg.

Charley has been published in InstantlovelandA-N, Turps Banana and Abstract Critical. She is a peer reviewer for The Journal of Contemporary Painting and is on the editorial board of Turps Banana.

Charley Peters is currently Course Leader of MA IVM at LCC/University of the Arts London and a painting mentor at Turps Art School. Charley has held academic posts lecturing in Fine Art and Critical Theory at institutions including University of the Arts London, Manchester Metropolitan University and Victoria and Albert Museum. She has held visiting lectureships at Royal College of Art, University of Wales Institute Cardiff and Leeds University.

She is also an independent curator, recently curating the group exhibition Merge VisibleContemporary British Painting Through a Virtual Window for the Contemporary British Painting group.

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