Painter, Painter: Dan Perfect, Fiona Rae


Exhibitions at Nottingham Castle

Painter, Painter: Dan Perfect, Fiona Rae

3 May – 6 July 2014

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to announce this exclusive exhibition by two British painters, Fiona Rae and Dan Perfect.

Both these artists find space between the abstract and the representational world in unique and distinctive ways. Committed to the expressive and enduring language of painting, they share a deep interest in our contemporary experience refracted through technology and cultural media, with manifestly different outcomes in their work. Perfect and Rae are married and live together, working in separate studios in the same building in London’s East End. Painting’s power is to conjure and focus an individual and idiosyncratic vision, and this exhibition is an opportunity to contemplate both the contrasts and connections between these individual artists’ compelling artistic worlds. Rae and Perfect have exhibited together previously in various group exhibitions, but this is the first major simultaneous presentation of their paintings in a public gallery and museum. This exhibition  marks the first dedicated contemporary painting exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery for many years.

Fiona Rae is known for her bravura improvisation and iconoclastic unsettling of painting tropes and traditions. With a battery of graphic and painterly marks, signs, symbols and appropriated images, Rae continues to explore fearlessly what it is to be a modern painter in personal and dynamically vivid new works.

Dan Perfect’s cinematically scaled paintings have a restless energy woven through their dense compositions. Grounds and figures interact to depict a  seething interior world; the paintings are a tumult of ambiguous forms containing allusions to lost toys, dream characters and masks, with hybrid animal/humans roaming fictional interior landscapes – a mélange of the science-fictional and archetypal unconscious.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue designed by Peter Willberg, featuring texts by Martin Herbert, and is available to purchase for a special exhibition price in our museum shop or online through .

Fiona Rae and Dan Perfect in conversation
Saturday 28 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm

Join the artists for a discussion and guided tour of the exhibition in the Long Gallery.  Dan Perfect and Fiona Rae will discuss their individual practices and the experience of showing together for the first time.

*Please note: this is not a seated event.*
This event is free and there is no need to book, but normal Castle entry charges apply.


Painter, Painter: Guided Tours
In a series of informal discussions, Nottingham-based painters have been paired up to give their thoughts and responses to the exhibition, including possible themes occurring within their own work and contemporary painting practices.

Thursday 8 May, 2 – 2.45pm : Mik Godley & Thomas Wright
Thursday 22 May, 2 – 2.45pm : Yelena Popova & Dermot Punnett
Thursday 19 June, 2 – 2.45pm : Jackie Berridge & Andrew Bracey
Thursday 26 June, 2 – 2.45pm : Madeline Burt & Steven Ingman
Thursday 3 July, 2 – 2.45pm : David Manley & Sarah R. Key


Painter, Painter: Curator Talks
Members of the Exhibition Team will lead guided tours of the exhibition, giving a fascinating glimpse into the organisation of this ambitious project alongside their own responses to the artworks.

Thursday 15 May, 2 – 2.45pm : Tristram Aver
Thursday 5 June, 2 – 2.45pm : Jennifer Gleadell & Dexter Prior

All talks are free and there is no need to book, but normal Castle entry charges apply.

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