Curated by Daniel Sturgis, Richard Kirwan, Bridget Smith & Brighid Lowe
Camden Arts Centre, London Exhibition, 20th February – 19th April 2009
This posthumous exhibition was Arnold’s first in a public gallery and comprised of work from all periods of her all too short career. The artist died in 2001, aged just 37.
Liz Arnold was one of the most original painters to emerge onto the London art scene in the 1990’s. Her carefully crafted canvases are notable for their depiction of cartoon-like animals seemingly imbued with human emotions, inhabiting a world that is both fantastical and familiar.
She was born in Scotland and studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and Goldsmith’s College. Like many emerging from art school during the economic recession of the mid 1990s, she established her reputation by exhibiting in artist-run spaces. Arnold participated in notable exhibitions organised by Hardwork, City Racing, Five Years and with 90s artist collective, BANK.
Adam Reynold’s gallery in Kennington and W139 in Amsterdam were amongst the first to provide gallery exposure for Arnold’s work, leading to solo exhibitions with commercial galleries in London, Chicago and Turin. Her work is included in major collections including the Saatchi Collection, The Arts Council Collection, and the Berge Collection, Portugal.
An essay by Richard KIRWAN was published to accompany this exhibition.