The Solo Project, Basel (2013)

'Untitled' (Strange Meeting II) (2013), oil/spray on canvas, 150x200cm
'Untitled' (Fog III) (2013), oil/spray on canvas, 170x130cm
'Untitled' (Colossus) (2012), oil/spray on canvas, 170x130cm
'Profile' (2013), oil/spray on canvas, 100x100cm
'Reflection' (2013), oil/spray on canvas, 100x100cm
'Waiting' (2013), oil/spray on canvas, 100x100cm

Beers.Lambert Contemporary is pleased to present artists Regina Nieke and Andrew Salgado at The Solo Project Basel from June 12-16, 2013.  To view The Solo Project website for further information click here.

BOOTH F6, The Solo Project.
Beers.Lambert Contemporary is an art gallery based in London at the core of the vibrant East-Central art scene, with an exhibition program dedicated to the exploration of relevant issues through progressive, contemporary art. Since its inception in 2008 in Canada, and relocation to London in 2010, Beers.Lambert Contemporary has worked with emerging and established artists internationally to explore exciting paths and trends in contemporary art. Today, our exhibitions offer a diverse array of thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts, highlighting an exciting approach to contemporary art that is both progressive and thought-provoking.

For our inaugural inclusion at The Solo Project, Beers.Lambert Contemporary has brought together works by two of the gallery’s most exciting figurative painters, Regina Nieke and Andrew Salgado. In their first time exhibiting together, both artists maintain a respectively bold, confident and markedly different approach to the conventions of figurative painting.

Currently Exhibiting Peter Matthews: Surroundings until 22 June, 2013
Forthcoming The Gravity of Form (Works by Ed Hopley and Clinton Hayden) 27 June – 3 August, 2013
Regina Nieke's bold, impassioned paintings play upon art-historical conventions of the painted figure within a landscape; her works and titles candidly reference her influences, such as Caspar David Friedrich and Arnold Böcklin, yet she confidently situates her own work as a radical departure from the painterly context from which she hails. Uniting an amalgam of abstract expressionism, colour-field painting and neo-expressionist figuration, Nieke’s love for the gestural quality of paint is most evident. Her most recent works confidently invoke the sublimity of the landscape over the presence of the figure, rendering the figure almost indivisible from the environment, metamorphosed somewhere between indication and sublimation. Similarly, the works seem to hover with an eerie stillness, yet simultaneously reverberate with a strange sense of movement. Often, her handling of the figure verges on the grotesque, but is treated with a simplistic grace and technical confidence - paint as visceral, suggestive, and exploratory. The works suggest the unheimlich (or uncanny) and an ideology of displacement or division, which become of note when considering Nieke’s status as a young East-Berliner and further as an assertive female painter in a field that has been historically male-dominated.

Andrew Salgado’s work typically comments on personal-history, taking allowances with the reconstruction of the human form to turn personal memory into a type of ‘painted allegory’ through works that challenge the conventional reception of male figurative painting. His work explores concepts relating to the destruction and reconstruction of masculinity, sexuality, and identity – quite consciously executed through a preference toward abstraction that Salgado views as questioning the nature of painting as well as the greater messages within his practice. Salgado positions the work with a bold political perspective, hailing from a past history as a victim of a hate-crime assault. However, the most recent works are his least autobiographical to date, preferring to focus on technical progression and referencing everything from Veronese to Guston and even Bacon. These recent works assert a marked new confidence and direction in the young painter’s practice, confirming Salgado’s reputation as one of London’s most promising young painters.
REGINA NIEKE (b.1979, Germany) holds an MFA from Universitat der Kunst UdK in Berlin, Germany (2010). Her recent solo exhibitions include Untitled, Gallery Collectiva, Berlin (2012); Insomnia, Dorothea Konwiarz Foundation, Berlin (2012); Face to Face, Gallery Hans Tepe, Damme, Germany (2012); Werkschau, Infernoesque Project Space, Berlin (2011); Animal Urbanum, Church St Marien, Frankfurt (Oder), (2010); I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Gallery Hans Tepe, Damme, Germany (2010). Group exhibitions include Out of Context: Female Artists from Germany, Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London, (2012); ARTESANTANDER XXI, Edition of Santander's International Fair of Contemporary Art, Spain (2012); Artvilnius'12, Third International Contemporary Art Fair, Lithuania (2012); After the Sunset, Gallery Collectiva, Berlin/ Germany (2012); New Perspective in Painting Junge Kunst Berlin/ Germany, Religion, Church St. Marien, Frankfurt (Oder)/ Germany, and Vierunddreißig zu Kleist, Urban Gallery Space. Nieke’s work will be presented in group exhibitions in Poland, Berlin and Switzerland throughout 2013 and forthcoming solo exhibitions include vom Geist der Bilder, Gallery Anke Zeisler, Berlin and NAKED, Kommunale Gallery, Berlin. Nieke lives and works in Berlin. 

ANDREW SALGADO (b. 1982, Regina, Canada) has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, Venezuela, Thailand, Korea, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. His bold, assertive, and generally large-scale figurative paintings have placed him as one-to-watch in both the UK’s and North America’s painting scenes. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Acquaintance, his first institution-exhibition at The Art Gallery of Regina, Canada, (October 2013); Enjoy the Silence, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town (January 2014); Nice Guys Finish Last, One Art Space, New York City, NY (May 2014); as well as forthcoming solo exhibitions with Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark (October 2014); and his fourth solo exhibition at Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London UK, (Spring 2015). Previous solo exhibitions include The Smallest Heart’s Desire, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada (May 2013); In Order To Rebuild; Dosi Gallery, Busan, Korea (2012); The Misanthrope, Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London, (2012); and Paint Your Black Heart Red, Gallery Atopia, Oslo, Norway (2010). Salgado’s paintings have hung alongside works by Tracy Emin and Gary Hume in London’s Courtauld Institute of the Arts included in the Merida Biennale of Contemporary Art (2010), the NordArt Carlshutte Biennale (2012); and has been featured Maclean’s (Canada), The Independent, The Evening Standard, Saatchi Online, Shortlist, Yatzer, The Ottawa Citizen, The Metro (UK) and more. He frequently donates to charitable associations worldwide, including the Terence Higgins Trust, MacMillan Cancer Support, as well as garnering the highest-bid ever auctioned at Canada’s esteemed Art For Life (18th Annual) Charity Auction (2011). In 2011 he was featured in the Channel 4 (UK) documentary What Makes a Masterpiece, alongside artists like Anish Kapoor, Howard Hodgkins, and Bridget Riley (2011). In 2013 he was commissioned to create a brand new series of large-scale works to adorn the windows of the luxurious UK-retailed, Harvey Nichols, where they were displayed from March – June.  Salgado has lived and worked in London, UK since 2008.