Mary Ramsden’s paintings track a ceaseless, ever-supple reckoning with her medium: its materiality and histories, its complex deals with figuration and abstraction, the points where it yields, the points where it resists. Drawing on ways of seeing that are both long-established and acutely contemporary (not least those inaugurated by new technology), there is an archaeological quality to the way she lays down, and excavates, strata of marks and pigments, buried deposits of space and time. With their audacious play of textures, surface and scale, these are paintings that insist on their own physicality, the impossibility of their reduction to mere image. Rather, like us, they belong to the world of objects, a realm of densities and depths. Here in The Kingfisher’s Wing, the artist’s focus turns to the domestic interior, with a triptych that echoes the work of Henri Matisse and Édouard Vuillard, while imbuing the everyday world of the home with an ambiguous psychological charge that is all her own.


Ramsden graduated at the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK in 2013. In 2016, the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (US), presented a key solo show of her work, and her paintings have been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably 60 Years at Tate Britain, London, UK (2019); The Drawing Biennial 2019 at The Drawing Room, London (UK); Art Now: Vanilla and Concrete at Tate Britain, London, UK (2016); and Panda Sex at State of Concept, Athens, GR (2014, curated by Tom Morton).

Recent solo exhibitions: For newness of the night at Wentrup, Berlin, DE (2022); The bag of stars at Pilar Corrias, London, UK (2022); Blunt Instrument, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, DE (2021) and ZORRO, Pilar Corrias, London, UK (2019).

Mary Ramsden participates in the exhibition The Kingfisher's Wing, July 21 - August 19, 2022. For more information about the artist please vist Pilar Corrias.