2018 Mentors

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Lisa Milroy

Lisa Milroy was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1982, and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005. She has been Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2009, and Guest Visitor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam since 1994. Milroy won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989. She was Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017 and Liaison Trustee to the National Gallery 2015-2017. She is a member of the Joanna Drew Bursary Committee. Milroy has worked with the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools since 2015, where she initiated “Hands On”, a practical art workshop programme that can be delivered through digital connectivity for school children in refugee camps. Tate Liverpool presented a survey exhibition of Milroy’s work in 2000. Milroy regularly exhibits her work on the national and international stage, and her paintings are held in many public and private collections.

Still life is at the heart of Milroy’s practice. In the 1980s her paintings featured ordinary objects depicted against an off-white background compositionally arranged in a grid or random scatter. In the 1990s her imagery expanded to include depictions of objects within settings, as well as landscape, architecture, people and storytelling. As her approaches to still life diversified, so did her manner of painting, giving rise to a range of stylistic innovations. In recent years Milroy’s focus has been on installation-based paintings that often feature a performative component. Throughout her practice, Milroy has been fascinated by the relation between stillness and movement, and the nature of making and looking at painting.

Milroy’s major solo exhibition Here & There: Paintings by Lisa Milroy is at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London January 17 - March 18, 2018. Upcoming solo and collaborative exhibitions include Still Life – Lisa Milroy and Jayne Parker at A.P.T Gallery, London and Hand-made, One Off Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi.


Jen Mann

Jen Mann is a Toronto based figurative painter, who studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Mann has exhibited in numerous shows across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and is a recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant for the Ontario Arts Council. Since graduating in 2009 with a BFA from OCAD, Mann has been steadily gaining accolades and recognition for her work on the national and international stage and in 2015 won the prestigious Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture.

Artist Statement:
My work focuses on themes of identity in a digital age. As a millennial, I address problems faced by this generation and our society of "me," where we document ourselves like celebrities and share our lives online for everyone, the self is a prevalent and important topic of our generation. Our identities are curated like our online profiles to reflect only the parts of ourselves we choose to keep alive. Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? My work aims to address these very elusive questions, and explore, but not necessarily answer all of them. I want to know what relationships mean with social media permeating our lives, and the effects of technology on our personal interactions and state of wellbeing, often using popular culture imagery through slick and saturated paintings. I evoke a sense of happiness on the surface with all the trappings of advertisements, whereas the content leaves the viewer unsettled, asking questions about how we behave, and how we understand ourselves and those around us. I often paint myself as the subject, using satire to address complex issues and questions.