Introducing 2017

Mary McCarthy by Richard LeesDrawing by Adam Mitchell GarlickDouble Self-Portait II, Nicholas Jagger


21 October 2017 to 24 March 2018

After the success of our ‘Introducing’ exhibitions in 2015, 20-21 presents a new series of solo exhibitions, showcasing some of the best artists in the Humber and Lincolnshire regions.

Richard Lees
21 October to 11 November

Hull-based printmaker Richard Lees began producing AgitProp and street-level poster campaigns, including his distinctive screen-printed designs for the Rock against Racism movement, in the 1970s and early 1980s. Influenced by 20th century expressionist printmaking, his striking works include an ongoing series based on his research into American novelist and political activist Mary McCarthy, as well as posters drawing attention to the plight of Hull-based artists, trying to make their voice heard in the face of the headline cultural events and aggressive urban development taking place for City of Culture Hull 2017.

Adam Mitchell Garlick
14 November to 11 December

Adam Mitchell Garlick’s distinctive drawings are influenced by popular culture from the 1980s and 90s, along with comic book art, cartoons and music history. For Adam’s ‘Introducing’ exhibition, he imagines himself as part of a rock band, and the exhibition features illustrations featuring their costume designs and elaborate stage sets, that are themed around classic films such as The Breakfast Club, Bill & Ted and The Lost Boys.

Nicholas Jagger
13 December to 13 January

North Lincolnshire artist Nicholas Jagger’s work includes an exploratory series of figurative self-portraits, often containing double images, or composition within the composition, with the aim to create an atmosphere of tension. Also included in his ‘Introducing’ show are his Studies from the Antique series – paintings which depict historical figure carvings and artefacts. These ancient objects are removed by time and often place from the worlds they once inhabited, and despite being frozen in a state of perpetual waiting bear the ravages of time.

Sinclair Ashman
16 January to 24 February

Lincoln-based printmaker Sinclair Ashman uses texture-based collagraph techniques, combining materials to play and experiment with the anomalies and ambiguities of image-making. His largely abstract investigations into form, shape and texture are an attempt to push the boundaries of printmaking and to challenge preconceptions of the medium as small and “precious.”

Graham Lewinton
27 February to 24 March

Graham Lewinton, a creator with no formal training in art, worked in mental health at St. Johns in Lincoln until he retired on medical grounds. He now makes elaborate mixed-media artworks that tackle global politics, world news and injustice. Graham says of his work: “Thousands of people paint/do art. Some do it really well, millions can’t tell the difference, so I try to make images that communicate something of the world, in an attempt to try and make it a better place.”