PHILIP COLE / LLOYD DURLING
26/11/22 - 07/01/23
I first encountered polystyrene resin whilst working under the guidance of Tanya Dean at Brighton
College of Art and I fell in love with it as a material to use in painting and sculpture. In the last 15
years I have been investigating its properties and experimenting with its possibilities. My work has
often been characterized by process and is informed by print media, packaging and colour theory.
I have been concerned with how to combine a limited number of elements; colour, form, tint and
shade whilst being bounded by a particular set of rules of engagement. I have tended to work using one colour at a time, allowing subsequent decisions to be determined by previous. Having a
procedure to which I usually adhere has then freed me up to investigate other relationships.
Thus, the works are constructed and derived from a particular approach and a technique, they have more to do with painting and sculpture than they do anything else.
I am a painter, maker and teacher and have exhibited at: Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, Community
Arts Centre, Brighton, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, the Eyesees Gallery in Arles, France and at Project78 Gallery in St Leonards on Sea. I served for a number of years as a
trustee for Project Art Works (PAW) Hastings. I have enjoyed working alongside other artists and
have curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including ‘JDWC’ at the Kino Teatr, St
Leonards on Sea, ‘Diastr’, H_A_R_D_P_A_I_N_T_I_N_G and H_A_R_D_P_A_I_N_T_I_N_G_x2 at
Durling is a British artist working in London. His practice is painting-based and in 2017 he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe, Asia and U.S.A, and solo exhibitions include among others, Pippy Houldsworth, London; Golden, Chicago, Plueuger68, Berlin and Babel, Trondheim. Works are held in both public and private collections worldwide; Whitworth Art Gallery and Museum, Progressive Collection and Nomura Bank, Japan.