Encounter Contemporary

Artist Rooms 2019

 Artist Rooms

13-25 June 2019

Copeland Gallery



Thursday 20 June 6-8.30pm

Opening TImes

2-7pm Monday - Sunday (or by appointment)

Encounter Contemporary and Richeldis Fine Art are pleased to present Artist Rooms, 2019. 

The concept is deceptively simple. Four distinguished international contemporary artists. Four distinct rooms in which to create an engaging exhibit or installation. The highly anticipated second edition of the project (launched 2017) will open on Thursday 13th June at Copeland Gallery in Peckham. 

Celebrating creative difference, Artist Rooms provides each participant an opportunity to innovate and assert their individuality as practitioners.  The varied experiential quality of each room echoes the unique approach of each artist. From poetic assemblages of discarded architectural fragments, to multilayered photographic collages and a dynamic group of twenty 4-6ft sculptural ceramic vessels, the multidisciplinary works on display will make for a captivating and layered viewing experience.

The list of exhibitors is impressive. Each artist notably having gained significant critical acclaim early in their careers (see below for details). Following individual appearances at institutional venues worldwide, such as the Saatchi Gallery (UK), Imago Mundi - Luciano Bennetton Collection (Italy),  Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark) and Trafo Kunsthall (Norway)  all four artists are now jointly turning their attention to occupying the 5000sqft South London exhibition space.

Artist Rooms will run until 25th June. This ambitious and intriguing project is certainly not one to miss.




Martine Poppe (b. 1988, Norway) lives and works in London. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art BA and MFA in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Poppe's works combine photography with painting; she obscures the relationships between the two by layering her photographs with transculent layers of paint. The result is a feathery effect which relies heavily on the influence of light. Poppe recent solo shows include Portraits of Trees at Trafo Kunsthall, Asker, Norway (2018), Aphrodite lowers her mirror, Kristin Hjellegjerde (2018), CCA Andratx residency, Majorca (2017), Art Brussels, Kristin Hjellegjerde (2017), Untitled San Francisco (2017), Crinkled Escape Routes and Other Somewhat Flat Things, Kristin Hjellegjerde (2016), Volta 12, Kristin Hjellegjerde (2016), 50% Grå at Trafo Kunsthall, Norway (2015). Poppe has also recently shown in the group exhibitions Imago Mundi, Benetton Collection (2018), Liste, VI, VII , Basel (2018), Between the Lines, Kvinnemuseet/ The Women's Museum. Kongsvinger, Norway (2018), Art Brussels, Kristin Hjellegjerde (2018), The Other Side, curated by Paul Carey-Kent for House of St. Barnabas, London (2017), Curated Contemporary, Sotheby's (2017), The Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s annual charity auction at Nicodim Gallery in LA (2017), and VOLTA 13 and 12 (Basel, 2016 and 2017) with Kristin Hjellegjerde,  Sunset© Hooper Projects, LA (2015) and New Order II: British Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2014). Poppe’s works can be found in the Saatchi Collection, KODE Art Museums, NRK, University College London, Oxford University, House of St. Barnabas and Benetton among others.

Kristian Kragelund (b. 1987, Denmark) lives and works in London. Kragelund concerns himself with the objecthood of painting and the historical resonance of sculptural materiality. Through a weave of formalist and conceptual painting, the utilization of oxidization techniques and by appropriation of new and recycled industrial materials, he poses critical questions regarding the social and discursive histories of Western modernity. Kragelund completed BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, previously to that he attended New York Film Academy, The European Film College and Pratt Institute. Kragelund has exhibited at galleries internationally including, Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthal Aarhus, Pratt Institute, Galleri Jacob Bjorn, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Encounter Contemporary, IMT Gallery, LAMB Arts, Display Gallery, Edge Projects, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Schwartz Gallery. Recent exhibitions include Le hasard et la necessite, CCA Kunsthalle, Majorca (2019), KP17, Kunsthalle Aarhus, Denmark (2017), The August Show, Galleri Jacob Bjorn (2017), CODE, Division of Labour, Denmark (2017) Markers, Encounter Contemporary, London (2017). His work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally.   

Struan Teague (b.1991, Edinburgh) lives and works in London. Using extremely simple pictorial materials and media, such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, pencil, collage, dripping and recycled bits of paint found on his studio floor, Teague delves into the unexplored possibilities of their combinations in large and small formats. He creates self-referential visual languages where the automatism of the lines, the doodles, the gestures, the small dabs of colour on textured grounds and the off-centre compositions open up spaces of possibility that defy critical dogmatism, conceptual rationalism and language as mere communication, occupying its fringes to maintain an inexhaustible poetic unfolding. Recent solo exhibitions include Nil NIl, Galerie Miquel Alzueta, Barcelona (2019), The unbearable lightness of being, The Court, Italy, (2018), Say something, Galerie Kernal, Spain (2017). Recent Group exhibitions include Zona Maco, Galerie Miquel Alzueta, Mexico (2019), Abstract - Reality, The Saatchi Gallery, UK (2018), Markers, Encounter Contemporary, London (2017), Attitudes in Painting, Lepsien Art Foundation, Germany (2017). Teague’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally.

Abigail Ozora Simpson (b. 1964. London) is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Margate. The daughter of the painter Michael Simpson, Abigail's original intention was to become an actor; she studied at the Drama Centre in London but after graduating she became more and more focused on ceramics. ‘‘Beyond the surface and scale, I am interested in the raw visceral properties of the material. I am also increasingly interested in juxtaposition: groups of objects, their relationships, either coherent or incoherent, and how the ancient history of ceramics can touch the possibility of pure sculpture.” Her hand coiled sculptural vessels produced in her Hoxton studio quickly gained an international reputation, and led to her work being exhibited in London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Simpson’s work has been catalogued in two Post­‐War British Art Auctions at Christies. Recent exhibitions include Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney (2017), 1000 Vases, Paris Design Week, Paris (2018) Ceramic Vessels, Willier, London (2016). Simpson’s work can be found in the collections of Burberry, Coca Cola, Annie Lennox, Donna Karran, Wendy Fisher among may others.