Mary Ramsden

Ramsden creates abstract compositions in which amoebic forms fuse with bold, gestural mark-making. Ramsden’s practice is unapologetically painterly. Her works are testament to a commitment to painting as a progressive language that demands our attentive engagement. Strategically refusing referential readings, she makes painted objects whose compositional unity belies the complexity of their making. In Ramsden’s work even the subtlest adjustment is generative. Each shift in palette, variation in scale, or nuance of mark effects an incremental development within a broader scheme of experimentation. A recurring theme in Ramsden’s work is a preoccupation with the edge: a concern that is realised formally and pursued methodologically.

Mary Ramsden lives and works in London. Her most recent exhibitions include, New order II: British art today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2014); Consommé, Kinman, London (2013); Open Heart Surgery at The Moving Museum, London (2013); Temple Bar in Dublin (2012); and New Contemporaries, UK (2009).

 

 

Born in 1984
Lives and works in London

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Mary Ramsden, Pilar Corrias, London – UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan – IT
New order II: British art today, Saatchi Gallery, London – UK

2013
Consommé, Kinman, London – UK
Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum at The Vinyl Factory, London – UK

2012
Making Familiar, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin – IE
From New Perspectives, Marcelle Joseph Projects – UK

2011
Laurence Kavanagh, Simon Mathers, Mary Ramsden, Damien Roach, Cally Spooner, Pilar Corrias, London – UK

2010
The Moving Gallery, Newcastle – UK
Purity is Myth, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
Future Phase, The Arches, London – UK
Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London – UK
Group show, Open Eye Gallery, London – UK

2009
Kunskog, Five Hundred Dollars, London – UK
Bilateria, Five Hundred Dollars, London – UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London – UK
New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh – UK
Best of British, Swinton Park, Yorkshire – UK
20 Years, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh – UK

2008
Student Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh – UK
Point of Delivery, Slade School of Art, London- UK Ausgang, Edinburgh College of Art – UK

2007
The Lomellini Family, Minto House, Edinburgh – UK
Works on Paper, The Prince of Wales Drawing School, London – UK

2006
Patina, Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh – UK

2005
The Art of Care, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh – UK
Cornucopia, Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh – UK
Group Show, Red Door Gallery, Edinburgh – UK
Young Turks, Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh – UK

EDUCATION
Royal Academy, London
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2015
Steep Rock Arts Association, 2 month residency award in Connecticut
2013
Dunoyer de Segonzac Prize
3rd Year Text Distinction
2012
Solomon J Soloman Prize
2009
Carnegie Travelling Scholarship
2008
Sir William Gillies Bequest Award
The George Jackson Hutchinson Memorial Award
2007
Andrew Grant Bequest Award

Mary Ramsden at Saatchi Gallery, London

Mary Ramsden at Saatchi Gallery, London

Mary Ramsden is included in Saatchi Gallery’s current exhibition New Order II: British Art Today. Artists included in the exhibition are: Dominic Beattie, Laura Buckley, Alexandre da Cunha, Tom Gidley, George Little, Oscar Murillo, Carlos Noronha Feio, Selma Parlour, Hannah … More

Mary Ramsden at Kinman, London

Mary Ramsden at Kinman, London

Mary Ramsden will have new work included in the forthcoming group exhibition Consommé at Kinman Gallery in London. Other participating artists include Lloyd Corporation, Joe Fraser, Gabriel Hartley and Christian Newby. Consommé 27 November – 20 December 2013 KINMAN 81 Curtain Road … More

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Participating at Artissima Pilar Corrias will present new works by artists: CHARLES AVERY ULLA VON BRANDENBURG TALA MADANI SABINE MORITZ ELIZABETH NEEL KEN OKIISHI PHILIPPE PARRENO MARY RAMSDEN JULIÃO SARMENTO RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA ARTISSIMA Turin 8-10 November Booth: 1/2 Corridor Dark … More

Mary Ramsden at The Moving Museum, London

Mary Ramsden at The Moving Museum, London

Mary Ramsden is included in The Moving Museum’s London exhibition Open Heart Surgery. Open Heart Surgery offers an exploration of contemporary art from London by bringing together some of London’s most urgent artistic voices, contextualising their approaches and identifying a new direction … More

Mary Ramsden at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Mary Ramsden at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Mary Ramsden is taking part in the group show Making Familiar curated by James Merrigan and Robert Amstrong at the Temple Bar Gallery.  The exhibition will feature the work of twelve painters. Its display will be rethought every week over … More

Artissima 17 Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea

Artissima 17 Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to announce its participation at Artissima 17: Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin The gallery will present new work by: Charles Avery Ulla von Brandenburg Keren Cytter Elizabeth Neel Philippe Parreno Mary Ramsden Mary Reid Kelley … More

Mary Ramsden

Mary Ramsden

Pilar Corrias is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Mary Ramsden. Mary Ramsden’s practice is unapologetically painterly. Strategically refusing referential readings, she makes painted objects whose compositional unity belies the complexity of their making. In Ramsden’s work … More

Group exhibition

Group exhibition

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by five London-based artists: Laurence Kavanagh, Simon Mathers, Mary Ramsden, Damien Roach, and Cally Spooner. In the main gallery, Laurence Kavanagh presents Dead Matter (mirror fire monkey)Dead Matter … More

Purity is a Myth

Purity is a Myth

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present Purity is a Myth, an exhibition bringing together new work by Keltie Ferris, Rannv a Kunoy, Elizabeth Neel, Baker Overstreet and Mary Ramsden. Grounded in a rejection of painting as a vehicle for … More