18 June - 11 July 2021

    Liliya Art Gallery is pleased to present its first group exhibition ‘A Space to Hold the Gaze’. The exhibition presents a new series of work by nine artists who subtly draw influence from photographs and moving image. The work exhibited offers an intriguing insight into the interplay between imaginary pictorial surface and materiality.


    In his book, “Ubiquitous Photography”, Martin Hand explores the rise and circulation of digital photography examining how this has transformed the landscape of visual communication and culture. In a world that seemingly hinges on visual saturation, how does painting infer a new set of associations and meanings to re-ground the transience of digital images into real life material substance? Through the assimilation of images, lived experience and encounters with the increasingly digital world, each artist presents a unique narrative and perspective by translating memory and image into their own pictorial language.


    When the ‘image’ has the potential for fallibility and falseness, what does painting allow that the digital image doesn’t? What window of solace does it offer as an alternative space to hold the gaze in this fast pace endless stream of content? As the museums and galleries reopen and we encounter art again in the flesh perhaps we can look to painting as a site of contemplation and with a slowness and deliberateness in a world that is endlessly fighting for our attention.



    Ben Walker is a painter that lives and works in Kent. Having completed his BA Hons at Sheffield Hallam University, he then went on to study his MA at Wimbledon School of Art before completing the Turps Correspondence Course at Turps Art School. In 2019 he was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and exhibited at the South London Gallery. His recent paintings refer to a distinct era of British culture and TV programmes and films during the 70s and 80s – specifically educational programmes for schools, children’s’ film and public information films.


    Bianca Maccall studied illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth and completed the Drawing Intensive at the Royal Drawing School in Shoreditch. Her work explores the idea of space, in both industrial and natural environments. She uses drawing and collage to create work with a strong focus on mark making, structure and form.


    Anne Carney Raines is a painter from Nashville, Tennessee currently living in London, UK. She pursued her BFA in painting at Indiana University, Bloomington and is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. She has a background in scenic painting and fabrication which has had a major impact on her artwork as she deals with topics around theatre, space, and memory. She is currently pursuing her MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in London.


    Gethin Evans moved from Maesteg, South Wales to study on the Foundation Course at the Byam Shaw School of Art in 1974, and has lived and worked in London since that time. Early influences include Italian painters of the 14th and 15th Century, particularly the frescos of Masaccio and Piero Della Francesca that he encountered on a travelling award to Italy when studying at Camberwell School of Art. The modern and contemporary world of café bars, anonymous city streets and the people who inhabit them are the source material for narratives that hint at hidden storylines.


     Gareth Cadwallader is a miniaturist painter of Realist portals: banal and familiar scenes that exist outside of specific space and time, held at a point of electric tension by neurotically rigorous formal consideration. Cadwallader studied at the Royal College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London, and Hunter College, New York. He held his first solo show at Josh Lilley — the largest grouping of new work in seven years — in January 2019.  Gareth Cadwallader lives and works in London.

  • Gareth Cadwallader, Man with Tomato, 2013

    Gareth Cadwallader

    Man with Tomato, 2013 Oil on panel
    18x12 cm

     Julie Caves is interested in looking at the things around her so she often paints interiors (that she calls roomscapes), still lives, windows, and closely cropped views of her daily life. She is interested in sunlit spaces and suggested, ambiguous objects. She lives and works in East London and Margate, UK.


    Marc Prats is a London-based artist born in Barcelona. He is currently completing an ma in painting at the royal college of art in London and previously received his BA in liberal arts and sciences from Utrecht university (2016).  Prats has exhibited internationally, with his most recent show at the Christian Marx Gallery in Düsseldorf (2020). He has also been shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize (2019) among other awards.



    Tomas Harker’s painting draws from ideas around hyper-reality while using the fallibility of the medium to reinterpret images. Through this comes a journey into the nature meaning obscured by daily saturation of information and mediated experience. Images regain presence through the physicality of painting, through the presence of the hand and thought set in the material. With this in mind there is an ongoing fascination with the interplay between the illusory surface and material substance of painting.


    William G C Brown is a figurative painter based in London. Born in 1994, Brown complemented his interest in the mind by studying Psychology at the University of Bath. Subsequently, the subject is a recurring influence in his work; whilst earlier paintings deal with the topic of perception by piecing together multiple observations in painted collages, his recent work draws from a range of media sources and memories to present ambiguous yet emotionally charged images.  Boxing is a frequent motif in these distorted images. It is a pursuit that is already full of ambiguity – since the line between sport and reality is blurred, and the consequences can be fatal despite attempts to contain the violence through arbitrary rules