Cultivate presents Three x Three (Part Six) – an online art exhibition featuring Lisa Denyer, Liz Griffiths and Madeleine Strindberg…

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Welcome to the sixth Three x Three show, we’ve brought the Three x Three format back as part of a new season of Cultivate online exhibitions that will happen this Autumn/Winter. There’s more words about the show and the artists under the actual art, we need the art to do the talking before anything else, please take a look at the art first and then if you feel like it, read the editorial and find those vital links at the foot of the page.  


Three x Three, three artists invited to share our space, to share space with each other.  This time we invited three people who have featured in quite a few of our recent Cultivate group shows. Lisa Denyer, Liz Griffiths and long time Cultivate regular Madeleine Strindberg, another three artists who have been exciting us over the last could of years (and in Madeleine’s case pretty much since Cultivate opened twelve years ago), it is with great pleasure than we, as Cultivate, present the three of them together in this exhibition.

Please do click on an image to enlarge it and to see the whole piece of art, kind of vital that you do that actually, best to click on the first image and then to run the whole slide show. And please do bare in mind our shows are best viewed on a decent sized computer monitor rather than just a small (and somewhat disrespectful) phone, thank you. 

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The editorial/Exhibition statement

This, we do believe, is the twenty-fifth carefully curated on-line show from Cultivate and something like 180th Cultivate exhibition or event in the now eleven year evolving history of Cultivate (Cultivate turned eleven at the start of this September). Three x Three (Part Six) is once again an invitation extended to three artists, Lisa Denyer, Liz Griffiths and Madeleine Strindberg to exhibit together, the show is once again curated by Cultivate founders Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall. These Three x Three shows are about artists sharing spaces, artists who we think might compliment each other, or who maybe contradict each other, who may or may not be comfortable bedfellows. These shows are about cross pollination, about space and time shared, about three artists who are currently exciting us.

The first four Three x Three shows happened during our Vyner Street period, a wall each handed over to an artist in our almost triangular shaped East London corner space, artists such as Ben Fenton, My Dog Sighs, Paula MacArthur, Charlie McFarley, the much missed Ish Sahotay and quite a few more. The last Three x Three show happened in 2012, the reviving of the format is well overdue, and yes, with Cultivate now being nomadic  this sixth show, along with last month’s fifth show and the next ones will be happening on-line.

We like on-line shows, we like that they reach out beyond our London bubble, that artists and viewers from all over the land and indeed the globe can take part in our shows, that we can include artists from North Wales or West Yorkshire or Brazil or San Francisco or Manchester as well as artists from Hackney or Camberwell, we like being more than just a London thing. We intend a full season of Cultivate on-line shows this Autumn and Winter.

The Artists… 

Liz Griffiths describes herself as an “emerging artist working in East London”, that is about all she tells us, she doesn’t really do websites or any other form of social media besides her busy Instagram feed. Liz has taken part in a number of Cultivate shows now, both physical and on-line, we like her vivid use of colour, her brightness, her mix of acrylic paint and ink on canvas, on found things, on photographs she’s taken, I like that Liz Griffiths chooses to tell us very little, sometimes, as we know, less is so so much more. Liz is an artist who seems to produce a new piece on most days of the week, I imagine her studio covered in bright paint stains and splashes, her hands permanently pink and yellow, bright blue and electric purple. I have no idea what her studio actually looks like, I just imagine these things, sometimes I like not quite knowing about an artist and the way they work.   

Lisa Denyer is a Painter based both in Edinburgh and Manchester, not sure how that works but hey, it clearly does. “Lisa Denyer’s practice explores the polarities of a slow, considered painting process against the speed and sensory perceptions of daily life. The work relates to the body, the spaces we inhabit, and the visuals we are presented with on a day-to-day basis. Surfaces are developed using collage in an approach that is both spontaneous and contemplative. Geometric elements are tested in variations using paper cut outs before a composition is set, often framing gestural marks.  The supports are dense and weighty and usually handmade. She uses heavy plywood, clay, panel, sandpaper, or wood as surfaces on which to work. These are selected for their textual qualities and for the way they assist, and disrupt the application of paint” and it was that use of material , those surfaces that she chooses to paint on (or with) that made us want to show her work. I like the weight of those pieces, the bold use of paint, the energy of the marks made, the thickness of it all… 

Madeleine Strindberg is a rather exciting German-born painter, a long (long) time resident of London, a graduate of the Royal College of Art as well as winner of the 1998 Jerwood Painting Prize. A regular in terms of Cultivate shows pretty much from the first days of Cultivate back in 2011. A prolific and dare we say rather unique rather special painter who so often seems to paint just the right piece at the right time, with everything Madeleine has produced in recent years, a serious solo show in a significant London Gallery is surely well overdue?  She was the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1989. That same year she also won the GLC Peace Prize. In 1996, she was awarded the Abbey Award in Painting by the British School at Rome. She was one of the artists shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in 1997. In 2000, she was once again on the shortlist for the Charles Wollaston Award but it surely is what Madeleine has been doing as an artist in more recent times that excites? That “ceaseless striving to attain meaning through unusual and experimental means” that sees her deliver again and again…

The links

Lisa DenyerWebsite, Instagram, Facebook, Linktree

Liz GriffithsInstagram

Madeleine StindbergInstagram, Facebook, website

CultivateWebsite, Facebook, Instagram, Emma Harvey / Sean Worrall

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Coming next? Well the first Mixtape group show is on the way, so is the next Three x Three show, we are working on other things, expect more.

2 thoughts on “Cultivate presents Three x Three (Part Six) – an online art exhibition featuring Lisa Denyer, Liz Griffiths and Madeleine Strindberg…

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