Material nature card


• John Blackburn: forthcoming show at Osborne Samuel, London

The exhibition John Blackburn: Material Nature is set to open at Osborne Samuel on 8th September and continue until 1st October. The exhibition catalogue (cover design shown here) includes ‘Material Nature’, my essay on the artist from which the show also takes its title. The exhibition is of both recent work and works from the 1960s, many of them never before exhibited. More images and text will be posted here in due course.

Information on the show will also be posted on the gallery website:


St Ives Festival talk: ‘The Lives of Artists: Art and Biography’

For the third consecutive year I am to give a talk at the St Ives Festival. The talk will consider the ways in which biography and autobiography inform the way we read an artist’s work, taking into account issues of personal identity, gender, class and sexuality in the formation of an artistic persona and its legacy. The focus will be on British artists, amongst them Keith Vaughan, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney.

Date: Monday 12th September at 3.30pm
Venue: Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios & Cellars, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall

Tickets are bookable online here:
Full information on the 2016 Festival:

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