Installation view of Sholto Blissett: Rubicon (January 25-February 22, 2023) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of Sholto Blissett: Rubicon (January 25-February 22, 2023) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh (December 10, 2021-January 22, 2022) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh (December 10, 2021-January 22, 2022) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of The Natural World: Part II (March 9-April 13, 2022), Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Sholto Blissett
Garden of Hubris XV, 2021
oil on canvas on board
39 3/8 x 43 1/4 in. (100 x 110 cm.)
Private collection.
Included in Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh (December 10, 2021-January 22, 2022) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
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Sholto Blissett

Sholto Blissett (b. 1996, Salisbury, UK) constructs fantastical landscapes, marked by imagined monuments, topiary, and the suggestion of human presence within the natural world. They are eerie scenes suffused with the tension between human attempts to modify nature, and nature’s resistance to these contortions.

Blissett received an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA in Geography from Durham University in Durham, England. He is co-represented by Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK. The artist’s work has been exhibited at Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY; Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK; Colnaghi, London, UK; The Hole, New York, NY; The Artist Room, London, UK; Nicola Vassell, New York, NY; White Cube, London, UK; Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; L.U.P.O., Milan, IT; and Perez Projects, Berlin, GE, among others. Blissett lives and works in London, UK.

Sholto Blissett in the studio, London, UK. 2022

Sholto Blissett in the studio, London, UK, 2022. Photo: Elliott Mickleburgh

Sholto Blissett Rubicon I, 2022 oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in. (200 x 300 cm.)

SHOLTO BLISSETT: RUBICON
January 25-February 22, 2023

Sholto Blissett Garden of Hubris XXVIII, 2022 oil on canvas on board 39 3/8 x 43 1/4 in. (100 x 110 cm.)

THE NATURAL WORLD: PART II
March 9-April 13, 2022

Sholto Blissett Garden of Hubris XV, 2021 oil on canvas on board 39 3/8 x 43 1/4 in. (100 x 110 cm.)

SHOLTO BLISSETT, EMMA FINEMAN, MADELINE PECKENPAUGH
December 10, 2021-January 22, 2022

Sholto Blissett Rubicon VIII, 2022 oil on canvas 43 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. (110 x 100 cm.)

The art magazine HypeArt for Hypebeast named Sholto Blissett an “up-and-coming artist” in their announcement of the gallery’s solo show. Zoe Leung writes: “The show is made up of an intimate collection of paintings featuring Blissett’s signature Impressionistic yet dream-like sceneries that envelop fictional monuments.”

Nature isn’t something awesome, awful, and “other”; we can’t look from a near-yet-removed precipice at it, for we are within it, together. Hence, my paintings place the manmade architectural features within the landscape by literally putting them within the painting, in the mid-ground & center. This is not to suggest that humans are the center of attention; rather, that we are subsumed by & should be working with to be part of the natural world. Indeed, despite the lavish architectural designs, “nature” is creeping in, as topiary.

I’m currently working on paintings that will be exhibited at Alexander Berggruen in New York in January 2023, this will include my largest-scale painting yet.

Installation view of Sholto Blissett: Rubicon (January 25-February 22, 2023) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of "Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh" (December 10, 2021-January 22, 2022) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni

We are delighted to share that our exhibition Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh has been included in “Editors’ Picks” on Artnet News. Tanner West described the show as:

“Three contemporary artists whose work probe depictions of time and space are on view in a group show at Alexander Berggruen on Madison Avenue. Each artist’s approach to depicting environments appear to be inspired by Surrealism, with distorted landscapes and tilted perspectives that challenge the viewer.”

Sholto Blissett Garden of Hubris XXVIII, 2022 oil on canvas on board 39 3/8 x 43 1/4 in. (100 x 110 cm.)

On the occasion of Alexander Berggruen’s two-part exhibition The Natural World, we are delighted to share a new editorial feature in which Kirsten Cave connects the works in both exhibitions and discusses the emergent themes. Driven by statements from the artists about their work, Cave acknowledges the historical condition of climate change and explores how “attitudes and approaches to The Natural World range from studies of subject matter, line, color, and form, to meditations on symbolism, history, and projection.”

Sholto Blissett
Garden of Hubris XVIII, 2021
oil on canvas on board
43 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. (110 x 100 cm.)
Included in Sholto Blissett, Emma Fineman, Madeline Peckenpaugh (December 2, 2021-January 13, 2022) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Private collection.
Photo: Dario Lasagni
Installation view of Sholto Blissett X Hubert Robert (October 5-October 21, 2022) at Colnaghi New Masters, London. Courtesy of Colnaghi.
Installation view of Sholto Blissett — Ship of Fools (July 2-August 13, 2022) at Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK. Courtesy the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery. © Hannah Barry Gallery.
Photo: Damian Griffiths
Sholto Blissett
Ship of Fools XII, 2022 Photography by Elliott Mickleburgh
oil on canvas
43 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. (110 x 100 cm.)
Included in Sholto Blissett — Ship of Fools (July 2-August 13, 2022) at Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK. Courtesy the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery. © Hannah Barry Gallery.
Photography by Elliott Mickleburgh
Installation view of Manscaping (September 7-October 23, 2022) at The Hole, NY.
Courtesy of the artist, Alexander Berggruen, and The Hole.
Photo: Arturo Sanchez
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