Perry Roberts

Biography

°1954, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

www.perryroberts.com

°1954, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

www.perryroberts.com

Solo exhibitions

2020

Dus toch geen toeval , Perry Roberts & Dirk Vander Eecken, Kasteelstraat 1 8978 Watou, BE

2019

‘The Seasons’ Selfridges ‘STATE OF THE ART’ commission, Birmingham, UK.
Neon text work commissioned for Werkhuis MINN, Antwerp, BE.

2018

"non finito", Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium

2007

“Between Certainty and Doubt”, Koraalberg Gallery Antwerpen , Belgium

2006

“Transition”, Ikon Gallery Birmingham U.K.

2004

"European City of Culture", Lille
"Furniture", Argentaurum Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

2003

“HERE”, Kasteel van Leeuwergem, Belgium

2002

“Between Here and There”, Galerie Evelyne Canus, Basel, Switzerland
“Between Here and There”, Galerie Annie Gentils, Antwerp, Belgium

2001

Galerie Conrads Dusseldorf, Germany

2000

Galerie Annie Gentils, Antwerp, Belgium
Espace D'Art Contemporain, Demigny, France
Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels, Belgium
“Virus” .Galliart , Antwerp, Belgium
Studio A Otterndorf, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst
Landkreis Cuxhaven

1999

Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

1997

Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Galerie Evelyne Canus, Nice, France

1996

Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1994

Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Gallerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany

1993

Gallerie Art -In, Nürenburg

1992

Patrick De Brock Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

1991

Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK
Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

1989

Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK

1988

Goldsmiths' M.A. Project Space, London, UK

Group exhibitions

2021

‘Lipstick and Gas Masks’, MHKA, Antwerp, BE

2020

'L'heure bleue', Gallery Sofie Van de Velde & PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2019

‘Looking at the World through Rose Coloured Glasses‘ Sofie van de Velde Gallery. Antwerp, BE
‘The Fight’ Figuration vs. Abstraction, Kunstgenerator, Geneva. CH

2018

‘Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking’ Attercliffe, Sheffield, UK.
‘Soft’ Antwerp fashion Museum/Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Belgium
‘Bristol@Brixton’ San Mei Gallery, London, UK.
’20 Years NICC-Jubilee exhibition’ Antwerp, UK.

2017

‘WordsWordsWords’ Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2016

Art Brussels, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde
‘More Canvas Please’ Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

2015

“Club Banger 1” UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate Kent, UK.

2014

30/30 Image Archive Project
Look & Listen. Ancien poudrerie St. Chamas 13250 Frankrijk.
“About Town”
Hippodrome theatre / ikon Gallery , Birmingham, UK.

2013

“Jo Delahaut-Hors Limites” Botanique, Brussels.
“Big Deal No.5” Cavendish square, London.

2011

“The what and the how”
Galerie Zandt, Eindhoven, NL
Casa Argentaurum, Gent.
“If you’ve got nothing to say don’t say it here “
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Antananarivo, Madagascar
“We are the Only Artists in the Village”
Kultureel Transfusiecentrum Meerhout
“If the Lion Could Talk, We wouldn’t Understand Him”
Geukens en De Vil Gallery, Knokke.
“Future Memory”
Archetype / Ampersand House , Brussels
30/30 Image Archive Project @ MOINS UN Paris

2010

“Miniscule”
Oblong gallery, London.
“Ten years Koraalberg”
Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerp.
Image Archive Project
PS projectspace, Amsterdam. NL

2009

“Hypersurface FX” 

Margini Contemporary Art, Massa, Italy
“Jeugdzonde. Over opus één en opus min één’
LLS 387 Ruimte voor actuele Kunst, Antwerpen.
HEDAH, Kunstverein Maastricht.
“Timewarp”
Centre Rhenan d`Art Contemporain
Alsace (CRAC) Altkirch, Alsace, France
“Paperview” John Jones gallery, London
Summer exhibition, Koraalberg Gallery
“Something I Don’t Do”
Flowers east Gallery, London
“Setting the Pattern”
Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerp.

2008

“1968 – Architecture in Movement “
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Duitsland
“Designed by Artists”
Gallery Z33 , Hasselt, Belgium.
“Fantasy”
curated by Koen van den Broek
Museum voor Hedendags Kiunst Antwerpen, Belgium
“De Canvas Collectie”
Musee de Beaux Arts
Brussels
“Hypersurface Plus”
Ovada, Oxford , U.K.
“Superstratum”
Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerpen
“Yo, Mo’ Modernism” Brussels Biennial Off Programme
CCNOA Brussels
“Presque Rien 2”
Laure Genillard Gallery , London.

2007

“Retribution”” Objectif exhibitions, Antwerpen
“A little bit o’white” CCNOA , Brussels
“Drawing Cabinet” Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerpen
“Pop Up – 1” Wimmerplus , Munich
“Abstract 2” Galerie Conrads, Berlin
“Pas de Soucis” Non Objectif Sud, Tulette, Drome Provençale France
“Pentimento” Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerpen
“To Be Political It Has To Look Nice” Annette De Keyser Gallery, Antwerpen
“Perry Roberts / Emilio Perez” Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
“Und Jetzt” IS project space, Leiden, Nederland

2006

“If it didn’t exist, you’d have to invent it’” The Showroom Gallery ,London
“Outdoors” Daniel Arnaud Gallery, London
“Seiben auf einen Streich”
Museum fur Mobel, kunst und architektur, MARTa Herford, Duitsland.
“Wall paintings” Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerpen

2005

“Fiesta’ Annie Gentils Gallery ,Antwerpen

2004

“De Tuin van Herman Teerlinckx” Herman Teerlinckx House , Beersel, Brussels
“Over de Grens / Across the Border” Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens Deurle, Belgium
“Moltimultipli” CCNOa Brussels

2003

“Sugar and Spice”
Annie Gentils Gallery. Antwerpen.
“Sense and Nonsense”
Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London.

2002

I.Knoebel, P.Roberts, W.Roeth, G.Rockenschaub.
Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
“Painting as a Foreign Language”
Edificio Cultura Inglesa / Centro Brasileiro Britanico
Sao Paulo, Brasil.
“Das Befreite Nichts”
J. Armleder, J.M.Bustamente, G.Forg, F.Gerritz, C.Ketter

2001

“Veranderung”
Neuerwerbungen der vergangenen 10 jahren
Studio A Otterndorf, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst
Landkreis Cuxhaven, Duitsland.

“Ici et Maintenant / Hier & Nu”
Espace 251 Nord- entrepot Tour et Taxis, Brussel.

1999

Selections Winter 99
Paul Morrison, Perry Roberts, Richard Wright.
The Drawing Center, New York.
Trouble Spot. Painting
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, (MUHKA)

1998

"Circuit" Brugges, Belgium.
"Everyday" XI th. Biennale of Sydney, Australia.

1997

Pia Fries, Olaf Christopher Jenssen, Perry Roberts.
Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf.
Geometric Abstraction XVI
Konstructive Tendens, Stockholm, Sweden.

1996

New Painting from the Arts Council Collection, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England.
Summer Exhibition, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium.
"Projecten": Paul-Armand Gette, Cecile Bart, Jacques Vielle,
Perry Roberts, Ghislaine Portalis, Filip Francis, Luc Deleu,
David Claerbouts. Galerie Montevideo, Antwerpen, Belgium.
"A Sculptors Choice" Works Selected by Anne Christopher R.A.
Royal Academy of Arts, Picadilly, London, England.

1995

"Fabre- Rationalitat und Emotion": Douglas Allsop, Heinrich Dunst, James Hyde, Perry Roberts, Winston Roeth, Marthe Wery. Gallerie Art-In, Nurenburg, Germany.

1994

"Landescapes" Ex Lanificio Bona, Carigiano, Italy.
"Paper Works" Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
Gunther Umberg, Perry Roberts
Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium.
"Auf Papier": Monika Brandmeier, Marcia Hafif, Perry Roberts,
Fred Sandback, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany.
Summer Exhibition , Patrick De Brock Gallery , Knokke, Belgium.
Todd Gallery, London, England.

1993

Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna.
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles.
"Moving into View: Recent British Painting”
South Bank Center, Royal Festival Hall, London.
Touring as :
New Painting from the Arts Council Collection
Darlington Arts Center
Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff.
Oriel Gallery, Clwyed, Wales.
Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance,
University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, Norwich.
The Drumcoon, Wigan.

1992

Abstract Painting, Between Analysis and Synthesis
Gallery Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna.
"Brit Art" Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland.
With Attitude
Galerie Etiennne Tilman, Brussels.
Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf.

1991

Bath Festival Exhibition. Bath, U.K.
APAC Archive Project, Centre D'Art Contemporain, Nevers, France.
"A Place For Art" The Showroom Gallery, London.
"Perry Roberts, Craig Wood"- Third Eye Center, Glasgow.
Chisenhale Gallery, London - "Present Continuous"

1989

"Six British Artists"- Rijksakademie Van Beelden Kunsten, Amsterdam.
"Minimal Means"- The Showroom Gallery, London.
John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton.
Summer Exhibition, Laure Genillard Gallery, London.

1988

"Homage to the Square"- Flaxman Gallery, London.

1986

"Beyond Appearance"- Hampshire County Museum Services, Touring Exhibition.

1984

London Group, Royal College of Art, London.
"100 Artists" The Showroom Gallery, London.

1983

Whitechapel Open Exhibition - Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

1982

"Works on Paper" Aspects Gallery, Portsmouth.

1981

London Group, South London Art Gallery

1978

"British Contemporary Drawing"- Marlborough Gallery, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

1975

Royal West Of England Academy, Bristol.

Bibliography

1990

"Drawings" - Laure Genillard Gallery, London.
"Reihung 2" - Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg.
Summer Show, Laure Genillard Gallery, London.
Philip van Isaaker; Willem Cole,Marlou van Brakel, Richard Venlet, Gladstone Thomson, David Tremlett, Perry Roberts.
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium.

Artworks

Perry Roberts
Neon text work commissioned for Werkhuis MINN Antwerp 2019

Perry Roberts
Untitled, 2018
Linen, canvas, gesso, acrylic
40 x 30 cm

Perry Roberts
Untitled, 2017
Linen, canvas, gesso, acrylic
80 x 60 cm

Perry Roberts
Kingscliff, 2010
oil on paper, 200 x 150 cm

Perry Roberts
neodymium, 2009
Oil on paper
180 x 150 cm

Perry Roberts
cerium, 2010
Oil on paper
180 x 150 cm

Perry Roberts,
24 hr painting, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
200 x 100 cm

Perry Roberts
24hr painting, 1997
Acrylics on canvas
120 x 120 cm

Perry Roberts,
Two blacks, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
150 x 150 cm

Perry Roberts,
Untitled, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
200 x 200 cm

Perry Roberts,
Untitled, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
175 x 175 cm

Perry Roberts,
Untitled, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
175 x 175 cm

Perry Roberts
Untitled, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
120 x 120 cm

Perry Roberts
Untitled, 2001
Acrylics on canvas
200 x 200 cm

Perry Roberts
The colour of money, 1999
250 x 500 cm

Perry Roberts
Private view, Groen Kwartier

Perry Roberts
Private view, Groen Kwartier

Perry Roberts
Private view, Groen Kwartier

Perry Roberts
Private view, Groen Kwartier

Perry Roberts
Private view, Groen Kwartier

News

L'heure bleue: group exhibition

Gallery Sofie Van de Velde and PLUS - ONE Gallery present ‘L’Heure Bleue’. L’heure bleue is the moment when the sun has set - artists/but the night has not fallen yet. The phenomenon of the blue hour … Continue reading

Press

2018

PERRY ROBERTS “non finito”

Perry Roberts isn’t finished – especially with his own oeuvre. In his latest exhibition at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, he confronts his own artistic past. Though he comes from a post- minimalist tradition, Roberts today employs a rather different voice.

‘Non finito’ is a Renaissance-era concept: leaving paintings and sculptures unfinished results in a highly specific aesthetic. Roberts re-interprets this technique and makes it his own. Left with a certain amount of discarded fabrics after renovating some earlier works, an idea took shape which he gradually developed into the highly singular technique of cutting strips and scraps from different materials, and combining them, first by glueing on small scale, then later by sewing. In this way he reacquainted himself with the aesthetic qualities of the linens, and canvas. Carefully fixed to each other and processed with a variety of paint and colour types, they complement each other literally and figuratively speaking.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Roberts' works mark a departure from the post-minimalist tradition both in shape and in colour. A recurring motif across most of his new works, the diagonal forges a subtle break with the movement's uncompromising, hard-edged rectangles. Roberts exchanges this strict, straight line for a slightly tilted movement that nonetheless does not dominate the work. The diagonal line also draws viewers closer; especially in combination with the natural materials and sombre colours, the presentation is grounded and appeals to viewers with an eye for detail.

Black and white aren't 'real' colours and they are often omitted in minimalism and post-minimalism. As an artist with an inquisitive mind however, Roberts enjoys exploring every gradation of white and every depth of black. The artist avoids dominant emotions with this sober colour palette. His aesthetically accessible works do not give up their secrets readily; they maintain a poetic aura and a certain amount of mystery. Moreover, room is left for ‘mistakes'. Irregularities at the level of colour or material lend the work its authenticity. By sewing together pieces of different materials, he also adds a craft-like quality, a human touch that breaks with the detachment of minimalism and post-
minimalism.

What characterises the art of painting? Not all the new works contain paint – this is Roberts' way of questioning the fundamentals of painting. He looks beyond the surface and investigates the DNA of the canvas at a more profound level; he unveils the underlying structures of the painting tradition. The empty canvas, as the basic condition for conventional painting, is ignored and replaced with a new, constructed structure. Out of a 'non-canvas' with 'non-colours', Perry Roberts fashions an 'un-finished' painting.