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Prof Andrew Stahl
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 2948
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  • Professor of Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Andrew Stahl has exhibited frequently in London and the UK and widely internationally across Europe, Asia and America. He has received many awards including the Abbey Rome Scholarship and the Wingate scholarship for travel in South East Asia. He has also participated in public-funded residencies in Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Australia and Sri Lanka. His exhibitions have been frequently discussed in international newspapers and art journals and his works are in many private and public collections both in the UK and abroad including the, Arts Council England, the British Council, the Government Art Collection, the British Museum, Sharjah Art Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Most recent solo exhibitions are an extensive solo survey show in 2019 at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE and 2020 a solo show in Rome at Tibaldi Arte Contemporanea.

Recent group shows include 2021 Nakata Museum Hiroshima, Japan; 2020 group show Hanart TZ, Hong Kong; 2018/2019 Bangkok Art Biennale; 2019 Only Connect Osaka, Japan; 2019 group show Gubbinal at Project Native Informant, London.

Research Summary

My research focuses on contemporary art and painting in particular. Painting has a special fascination for me as it is so un-sensational –just mud on a surface. My recent research concerns the implications and the potential offered by the transcultural and globalisation for contemporary art. I believe art can be a complex and rich soup of different histories and traditions and the time we live in enables intercultural interaction and the creation of new discourses and germinations.
I see international engagement as a vital part of contemporary practice. I have participated frequently in artists residencies at the invitation of the British Council and universities in China, Thailand, Australia and Sri Lanka, which have enabled me to consider and view different approaches to contemporary art.
 Below is an excerpt of what I recently wrote about a painting 'The Death of Trotsky' (see image below) that I exhibited in a group show in the BACC museum in Bangkok, Thailand of Thai and British artists that I curated called 'MD3: 'Fragility and Monumentality'. '
The Death of Trotsky' draws on multi-layered symbolic meanings. …. In this painting the snake is the assassin and both sudden death and desire. Desire, the physical and the intellect are often in a kind of dance and struggle. Though the painting provides this image from a distance, as you move closer to the painting small images are revealed. These little items do not add up to a story, they are mind wanderings, a collection of flowing thoughts floating across the surfaces, perhaps influenced by Chinese scrolls. I collect things such as green trees from Japanese noodle packets, items of decoration, images and body parts.
I am interested in how figurative painting can use symbolism and can involve the surrealist idea of 'The Marvellous'

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