Lydia Gifford

Lydia Gifford

May 24th - June 15th 2019

Siegfried Contemporary is proud to announce a presentation of work by the UK born and London based artist Lydia Gifford.

The first impression one observes when looking at Lydia Gifford’s practice is a dense and irregular sense of materiality that saturates her paintings. Her canvases are uneven, misshapen and disfigured. Surfaces are ragged and broken, her paint is improvised and layered, her marks textured and contingent of the uneven folds of her supports. Gifford’s work echoes Robert Ryman’s sustained use of unusual supports, bristol board, towelling, gesso, nails – as means to introduce variety into the monochrome. Surveyed from the outside, the monochrome appears as impossibility, viewed from the inside, within the process, the monochrome endures. Similar to Ryman’s, Gifford’s work is the continuation of the monochrome as a problematic.

With her presentation at Siegfried Contemporary, Gifford tries to build a balance between painting and object. Her spontaneous and artistic approach merges and is profoundly connected to the environment surrounding us. It encourages us to have a unique experience with the tension and energy that her work generates and occupies within the space as a whole.

Lydia Gifford’s oeuvre has been exhibited extensively in the UK as well as abroad in important institutions and galleries. Her most recent solo exhibitions to date are:

“Routines”, Super Dakota, Brussels, 2018; “Midsection”, Micky Schubert, Berlin 2016; “I am Vertical”, Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Ile de Vassiviere, 2016; “To, For. With”, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, 2015; “Drawn” BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2014; “Siding”, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2013; “The Neighbour”, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, 2012; “Midday”, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2012; “Distances”, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin, 2012.


Grab, 2018
Towel on board, glue, nails, oil paint, wood
54 x 33 x 7 cm
21 1/4 x 13 x 2 3/4 in