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Hurvin Anderson and Henriette Grahnert

28th April – 23rd June 2007

Opening Party Friday 27th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Hurvin Anderson and Henriette Grahnert  

The Summer exhibition programme at the Mead Gallery presents the first major museum show in the UK of the work of two young painters rapidly gaining international recognition. 

Hurvin Anderson's work reflects a distinctive traditioin of British genre painting, echoing the likes of Michael Andrews, David Hockney and Peter Doig.  Like these artists, Anderson is a master technician, a 'painter's painter' with the ability to invest something deeply personal into his work. 

Hurvin Anderson was born in Birmingham in 1965.  He studied at the Royal College of Art, London 

Like Hurvin Anderson, Henriette Grahnert's paintings also hover on the edge of figuration and abstraction.  Her work privileges the process and detritus of painting that an artist usually struggles to conceal.  Masking tape, drips, and the occasional bristle that's worked loose, are retained and displayed with an equanimity that situates the extraneous at centre stage while ensuring no part is privileged over another.

Henriette Grahnert was born in 1977 in Dresden, Germany.  She graduated in 2004 from the Academy of Art and Design in Liepzig.


Children's Saturday Drop-In Art Club - Saturdays between Saturday 28 April and 26 May 12-2pm - After the huge success of our new Saturday art classes we are continuing these drop-in sessions to accompany this exhibition.  In these workshops children can participate in creating paintings, prints and collages.  Messy clothes wear essential!  Families are more than welcome, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission £1 per child.

For further details please contact Louise (Visitor Services Coordinator) at or call 024765 24732

Saturday 28 April 2pm - Curator, Sarah Shalgosky, leads a tour of the exhibition for the whole family.  

Saturday 2 June 3-4pm - Hurvin Anderson and Ronnie Simpson, the exhibition curator, will lead a tour of the exhibition offering further insight into Hurvin's working practice.

Saturday 9 June 3-4pm - Henriette Grahnert and Ronnie Simpson will lead a tour of the show, talking more about Henriette's work and the current art boom in Leipzig.