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26 February 2018


Vicken Parsons, who has shown before at Kettle’s Yard and whose paintings feature in our new exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Actions. The image of the world can be different, is also currently in an exhibition at Jesus College. At Kettle’s Yard visitors can see a small group of recent paintings by Parsons, created in 2017.

Like the paintings at Kettle’s Yard, those at Jesus College are small and unframed, oil paint on board. The exhibition at the college is called Pool and can be found in the new West Court Gallery in the college.

Dr Rod Mengham, curator of the exhibition at Jesus College, writes:

‘The work of Vicken Parsons returns us to the very elements of painting. It is difficult to find another contemporary artist who has so consistently probed the fundamental principles of pictorial expression. Her achievement is evident in the works currently on display in two Cambridge exhibitions: in the solo show Pool in the West Court Gallery of Jesus College, and in the group show Actions that marks the re-opening of Kettle’s Yard. The subtitle of the group show—The Image of the World can be different—is especially relevant to Parsons’ work. Both her paintings and her sculptures are understated in style and form but paradoxically very ambitious both in conceptual terms and in their psychological effect.’

‘These ostensibly quiet paintings actually have a lot to say. They seem to be visually reticent, but the visual imagination they gently unlock in us is truly eloquent.’

Open from 10am until 6pm every day up to 25 March, the display of 15 paintings is the fourth show to be held in the new West Court Gallery at Jesus College, Cambridge.