RGI Kelly Gallery: Thyme James and Sean Ellcombe

Thyme James, Verum Apertus (Naked Truth), video still, 2019
Thyme James, Verum Apertus (Naked Truth), video still, 2019

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17th August – 14th September

The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (RGI) Kelly Gallery is happy to announce an exhibition of works by Thyme James and Sean Ellcombe. A showcase of work by two outstanding graduates of Glasgow School of Art who are the recipients of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Graduate Award for 2019. Each year the RGI selects what it considers to be the cream of the Glasgow School of Art graduates and awards the prize of an exhibition to bring their work to the attention of a larger audience.

Thyme James is a Glasgow based inter-disciplinary artist, whose practice is expanded painting, combining traditional notions of paint with film-making to explore her love of the female form. The act of painting oneself being a heavily charged gesture, used symbolically in high art, tradition and the great (male) artist; whilst simultaneously a transformative tool, the body as canvas. Thyme is interested in these symbolic and materialist qualities around paint, using it as a means of exploring women’s place within the arts, inclusivity, sexuality and object-hood within a digital era. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and has also studied at the Akademie der Blindenden Künst Wien, Plymouth College of Art and under the Sorrell Foundation.

Sean Ellcombe is a Glasgow born and based artist. Ellcombe studied a BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art (2015-19). Specialising in a painting practice, and installation developments around the history and physiologies of the painted surface. His new works focus on the motif of the picture frame – a recurring reference in the painted works of abstracted curtains and window images. In the works, the picture frame came up as a symbol of the domestic portrait. And having it turned away is to position the viewer to the stance of intruding on the image and creating a sensation from the artist’s stance to the history of the portrait genre.

118 Douglas Street,
Glasgow G2 4ET

[Image: Thyme James, Verum Apertus (Naked Truth), video still, 2019]

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