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

 Andrew Stahl is an artist predominantly focusing on painting. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, England at both graduate and undergraduate level. Andrew Stahl has exhibited extensively worldwide in solo and group exhibitions and recently in 2014 curated and participated in 'MD3 Fragility and Monumentality' at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, a British Council funded exhibition including 12 Thai and British artists. He simultaneously had a two person show with Panya Vijinthanasarn at the Thavibu Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand called 'Conversations: The Vivid Real'. Other exhibitions include: 'New Paintings' at Robert Steele Gallery, New York (May 2010 and 2007); Parasol, Matthew Bown Gallery, London (2007); 'Painting of the Eighties' Matthew Bown Gallerie, Berlin (2009); 'New Painting', COFA with Ivan Docherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2004); 'Bangkok Mosaic' at 100 Tonson Gallery Bangkok (2003); 'New Paintings' Chiang Mai Museum; 'Neue Arbeiten' ac.t art, Zirndorf, Germany (2000); Andrew Stahl Fenderesky Gallery Belfast,(1999); 'New Paintings' Flowers East, London (1998); 'Cries and Whispers', New British Painting, British Council Exhibition touring Australia, Spain and South America (1988-96). Awards include the Abbey Rome Scholarship and the Wingate Scholarship. Andrew Stahl has participated in residencies in China, Thailand, Australia and Sri Lanka. His works are in many private and public collections including, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Arts Council England, the British Council, Government Art Collection and British Museum.

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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