The Princes Drawing School, 2007, MA Diploma
Text by William Feaver on Perienne Christian's work.
'You have to start somewhere and for Perienne Christian the start is part place part feeling. Her works may begin with a setting -Kensington Gardens or, nearer home, Horniman Gardens- but they sprout and ramify, seeding into imagined lands and situations.
I could suggest that, as she happens to be living in Brockley, just a few streets away from Howson Road where he was reared in the 1900’s, Perienne has attuned herself somehow to the mystical HB pencilled vision of the poet-painter David Jones. She hasn’t, because that’s not her style. She’s too observant, besides which she was barely aware of his work until well after she moved into the neighbourhood. There is however an affinity. Like Jones (and like the fairyland-frieze-painter Henry Darger who died in 1973 a year before Jones and in greater obscurity) she has a passion for the ins and outs of storytelling. Brought up with books and no TV and having therefore read her way through myth and fiction, now in her pieces, she concocts scenes, complete in themselves, that demand the attention, the perusal, that all good poetry requires.
These drawings are not illustrative. They are ruminative. The eye lights on crow or traveller, a bend in the road leading to higher ground, here and there a stretch of colour or sudden dark patch. Some people are leading figures, others are incidental, yet they are all equally animate, vividly embedded where needs must in each providential scheme of things. There’s a lovely exploratory quality here, a sense of the fabric of life.'
William Feaver is a Painter, writer and former art critic for the Observer.
1983 Born, London
2006-2007 The Prince's Drawing School, London, Shoreditch
2005 Leipzig Academy of Art, Germany.
2003-2006 Bath Spa College of Art, Bath
2010 Scene / Heard. Journey to the back of the Yard, cueB Gallery, London
2007 Outside Inside, Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Invited by Tess Jaray to put two paintings into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
2011 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London.
2011 Bite, Contemporary Printmaking, Mall Galleries, London.
2011 Chat’s Palace Art Auction, V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green.
2011 Words have Power, London, Crampton Street.
2011 Summer Exhibition, CueB Gallery, London.
2010 Auction East, Five hundred Dollars Gallery, London, Vyner st.
2010 The Winter’s Waysgoose, Copped Hall, Epping.
2010 Jerwood drawing prize.
2010 Permanent Group Show, Dean St Townhouse, Soho House.
2009 V, Thomas Williams fine art, London, Bond St.
2009 Kunskog, 5 Hundred Dollars Gallery. London, Vyner St.
2009 Wickcentrics, Hackney Wicked festival, Hackney Wick
2009 We are such things as dreams are made on, Mission Space, London, Hackney Wick.
2009 April is the Cruellest Month, RK Burt Gallery, London, Southwark.
2008 Loop 08, The Menier Gallery, London, Southwark.
2008, RoMaMa, Museum of Modern art, Nairobi, Kenya.
2008 Paper Scissors Stone, The London Print Studio, Harrow Road.
2007 High Tea, T-Building, London Shoreditch.
2007 The Drawing Year, The Prince's Drawing School.
2007 Art@RUH, Royal United Hospital, Bath
2006 New Friends, John Betjeman Centenary Celebration, Bristol.
2006 Bath Spa Arts show, Bath
2005 Funf und Vierzig, Leipzig, Germany
Awards and Residencies
2009-2010 Artist in Residence, Chats Palace Arts Centre, London, Hackney
2008-2009 Artist in residence, Kensington Palace
2007 The Chairman's first prize, The Prince's Drawing School (Panel: Ivor Braka, Andrew Stahl, Andrea Rose, Charles Booth-Clibborn)
2006 Scholarship for year of study, The Prince's Drawing School.
2008-2011 Model, Lucian Freud
2008 - present Visiting Tutor, The Prince's Drawing School
2007-2008 Painting Technician, Jonathan Yeo Studio, London
HRH The Prince of Wales, Leipzig Academy, Leipzig Buch Halle, Soho
House, various private collections.
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