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Piers Secunda

Born in London, 1976, lives and works in London and New York

Piers Secunda’s aim in life as an artist is to make records of the time in which he lives. Making a record of the violent attempts by ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to erase our collective cultural heritage in the Middle East is a matter of real importance and urgency to him. For this reason he traveled to the front line of the war against ISIS in Iraq in 2015 to cast ISIS bullet holes.

“Occasionally a moment occurs in which it is worth taking the risk to travel to a dangerous place. This was one such moment.”

In Art Historical terms, Secunda’s work reminds me of Picasso’s “Guernica” and Goya’s “Los Desastres de la Guerra” — but in a Postmodern minimalist way.

1995-1998 BA Painting, Chelsea College Of Art, London

1994-1995 Foundation, Surrey Institute Of Art, Farnham

Selected exhibitions including solo projects 

2016                Pergamon Works. New York University, New York (Solo show)

2016                 Engines and Panoramas. Bermondsey Project Space, London. (Solo show +Catalogue)

2015                 Raw: Word And Image. Space 776, Brooklyn, New York

2015                 Community Hospital. WhyWhyArt. Shanghai

2015                 Tribeca Film Festival. Spring Studios, New York (work donated as best documentary award)

2015                 Archived Oil. David Krut Projects, New York. (Solo show)

2014                 The Rise Of Oil. Jessica Carlisle Gallery, London. (Solo show)

2014                 The Social Bases of Abstraction. UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate. Curated by Ben Weidel Kaufmann

2014                 Art Asia in London Fair. Guus Roell Fine Art, Maastricht.

2014                 War Stories. William Holman Gallery, NYC. Curated by Anthony Haden-Guest

2014                 Art14. UpDown Gallery, Olympia, London.

2013                 One. UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate.

2013                 Winter Exhibition. Small Works Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

2013                 Piers Secunda: A Retrospective. UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate (Retrospective show +Catalogue)

2013                 Taliban Paintings. Kuub Kulture Space, Utrecht, Holland. (Solo show)

2013                 W-A-R. Jacob’s Island Gallery, London

2013                 Let Me Introduce… UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate

2012                 Black Gold. Vegas Gallery, London

2012                 The Materiality of Paint. Fine Art Society, London

2012                 Taliban Bullet Holes. Small Works Brisbane, Australia (Solo show)

2012                 Piers Secunda. Kuub Kulture Space, Utrecht, Holland (Solo show)

2012                 L&M Arts. Hong Kong Fair

2012                 Taliban Bullet Holes. YK Art, Moganshan Rd, Shanghai (Solo show)

2012                 Paradox, The Limits of Liberty. Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam

2012                 No One To Hear You Scream. Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong

2012                 Immortal Nature. Edel Assanti, London. Curated by Gordon Cheung

2011                 Taliban Reliefs and Crude Oil Silkscreens. Aubin Gallery, London (Solo show). (Catalogue)

2011                 Signal8. Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2011                 The Great Alonso. Primo Alonso Gallery, London

2011                 The Nature of change: Hybridity and Mutation. HRL Contemporary, London (Catalogue)

2011                 Equisite Corpse. Zero Ten Gallery, London

2010                 The City Folding Out. Yong Kang Lu Art, Shanghai

2010                 Uber Collision: Epic Fail. Idea Generation, London

2010                 The Earth Draws It. Zero10 Gallery, London (Solo show)

2010                 Mob Remedies. Gallery Primo Alonso, London

2010                 Fakirs. Island6, Shanghai, China

2009                 Tate The Biscuit. Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2009                 Piers Secunda. Island 6, Shanghai, China

2009                 Paperview. John Jones, London (curated by Danny Rolph)

2008                 The Future Can Wait: New London School, (Catalogue) Truman Brewery, London

2008                 Mashups. DACS, London

2008                 Counterpoint, British Sculpture Now and Then. Robin Katz Fine Art, London. (with Anthony Caro. Eduardo Paolozzi, Conrad Shawcross, Barbara Hepworth etc.)

2008                 Space Now. Space, London. (with Yinka Shonibare, Mark Wallinger, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Hew Locke etc.)

2008                 Superscope. Lounge Gallery, London

2007                 Piers Secunda, Paint Assemblages. Nettie Horn Gallery, London (Solo show)

2007                 The Lucifer Effect. Gallery Primo Alonso, London (with Gordon Cheung, Boo Ritson, Anne Hardy etc)

2007                 Noel Forster and Piers Secunda: Paintings and Constructions. The University Of The Arts (Catalogue)

2005                 Secret. Royal College of Art, London

2005                 The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (Catalogue)

2005                 Salon Show. Hollow Gallery, London.

2005                 Yabadabadoo. Cell Project Space, London.

2003                 Paint In 2003. Century Gallery, London. (Catalogue)

2003                 10 Selected Works. Vogue House, Conde Nast, London.

2002                 Kiosk. The Kiosk Project, London.

2000                 Paint! Tivoli Arts Co-Op, Tivoli, New York.

1998                 The Temporary Museum. (with Chris Ofili, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, Richard Long, Bob and Roberta Smith and Cornelia

Parker, London). (Catalogue)

1996                    Roll On-Roll Off. exhibition inside a Double Deck Bus, touring art

museums, London.

1995                 August Exhibition. Sotheby’s, London.

1994                 Nicholas Thorp Gallery, London.

Articles, Reviews and Essays and Radio Broadcasts

2012                 Vreihijd Magazine (Holland) Shot Into Paint, Catherine Somze

2012                 Randian Magazine, No One To Hear You Scream, Christopher Moore

2012                 Lust And Found magazine, Piers Secunda, January 2012.

2011                 The National, (UAE newspaper) Artist Puts Crude Oil To Use To Explore Materials History, Ben East 7th December 2011

2011                 Phaidon website, Piers Secunda’s Art Attack, November 2011

2011                 FX Magazine, Taliban Bullet Holes. Anna Lewis

2011                 Resonance FM, Taliban Bullet Holes, Half hour discussion broadcast on FM Radio in London, November 2011

2011                 The Independent, Piers Secunda’s Taliban Relief Paintings, 15th November

2011                 Six Pillars, discussion of the Taliban works. LBC FM radio, London

2011                 Time Out Magazine, Hybrids. 3rd March publication

2010                 The Independent, Anti Design, Daisy Bowie-Sell 21st September

2010                 Real Magazine, Design week and Art, November/December edition

2010                 Last FM, Uber Collision Epic Fail, 18th September 2010

2009                 CN Review, Fakirs, Kai Pan, published 4th January 2010

2008                 ID magazine, Mashups, Nate Lowman

2008                 The Future Can Wait: New London School, (Catalogue)

2008                 The London Paper, Mashups, August 19

2008                 Houston Press “Paydirt: Thames Mudlarks”, Troy Schulze (work illustrated)

2008                 Art Monthly “Superscope”, Cherry Smyth, March

2008                 Time Out “Rainbow Straightener” Martin Coomer
2008                 The Guardian Guide “Rainbow Straightener”
2007                 Fash’ N Riot May 2007 Edition (work Illustrated)

2007                 Jack Wakefield, Paint Sculpture (press release)

2007                 Martin Holman, Piers Secunda: No Tub To A Whale…(catalogue essay)

2007                 David Ryan, Noel Forster and Piers Secunda Paintings and Constructions (catalogue)

2003                 Dr. Tom Learner, Head Conservator, Tate. Modern Paint (catalogue)

2002                 James Bainbridge, Mobile Art, Guardian (work illustrated)

Collections

The University For The Arts (Chelsea College Of Art)

Aquest International, New York

The Weston Collection

Findlay Asset Management, New York

Howard Corporation, New York

Gottesman Collection, New York

Moore and Moore Arts

The Museum of Photography, University of Southern California.

McWilliams Collection, Santa Barbara, California

Borsetti Architecture, New York

Katz Fine Art, London

Dr. Michael Jacobs, New York

Sid Bass Collection, Texas
Guy Merison Collection, New York

Russel Toone, London
Ng Family Collection, London

Private Collections in the UK and US

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