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Louis Appleby

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Major project:

John Appleseed's Old World Blues

A group of paintings exploring the theme of lament through the eyes of the digital character John Appleseed as he journeys through a post-nature/human world. 


  • My practice is built around meta-real representation of ambiguous domestic images. In some of the paintings, I want to depict a still life set in a futuristic era; scenes that hark back to a nostalgic time where nature still existed, or scenes from a dystopian digitally-constructed reality. There are sterile, nuclear landscapes glimpsed through windows hung with plastic blinds. TV screens that once played programmes now only show static – the afterglow of the Big Bang.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • 'There's Something About Painting', Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent, Belgium, 2019; 'Made in Britain', National Museum of Poland, Gdansk, 2019; 'British Art Fair – Saatchi Gallery', with Castlegate House Gallery, London, 2019; 'London Art Fair', Castlegate House Gallery, London, 2017, 2018 & 2019; 'Nostalgia 2.0', Red Door Projects, London, 2019; College, House of Vans, London, 2019; 'Living Room', Safehouse 1&2, London, 2019; 'Contemporary Masters from Britain', Yantai Art Museum, Yantai, China, 2017; 'Contemporary Masters from Britain 2', Artall Gallery, Nanjing, China, 2017; 'Contemporary Masters from Britain', Jiangsu Arts Museum, Nanjing, China, 2017; Prism Contemporary Gallery, Blackburn, 2017; Contemporary British Painting Prize, London & Huddersfield, 2017; NOA '15, Mall Gallery, London, 2015; Lynn Painter Stainer's Prize, Mall Gallery, London, 2015
  • Publications

  • Jamie Holman, Art & Music Saatchi Gallery Magazine, Planet of The Apps, Issue 32, Winter 2015, pp.26–8
  • Awards

  • Young Artist Prize, Lynn Painter Stainer's Prize, 2015; NOA Cass Art Award, 2015; Shortlisted, Contemporary British Painting Prize, 2016
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