Entitled A STILL SMALL VOICE, it is Tina Warren’s first solo exhibition and follows on the heels of her inclusion in Blott Gallery’s feminist art intervention, Be the Banana Skin on the Patriarchy’s Complacent Stroll, which took place in March 2016. For BE THE BANANA SKIN, Tina Warren contributed allegorical paintings engaging with patriarchal indifference, lasciviousness and heinous abuse of power, including ‘The Gaze’ (2016) and ‘Disarm’ (2016) (both of which are also featured in the current exhibition), as well as ‘fml’ (2014).
A multidisciplinary exhibition grounded in the ‘realist’ figurative, A STILL SMALL VOICE further explores this difficult and challenging subject matter to startling, thought-provoking and, at times, deeply unsettling effect. It brings together and builds on work and research that was carried out during the artist’s undergraduate and postgraduate studies, with the exhibition itself forming the basis of further research. Some of the works in the exhibition are for sale and prints are also available.
Tina Warren graduated from Blackpool and the Fylde College University Centre in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art and Professional Practice. She went on to gain her MA in Art by Research at Lancaster University. Her passion for her work and her unflinching willingness to lift the veil on some distressing subject matter in both literal and metaphorical interpretation is powerfully in evidence in A STILL SMALL VOICE. As Blott Gallery’s curator Corrine Streetly said: “These are sad, thought-provoking, beautifully executed works—to miss out on the chance to see them gathered together in this exhibition would be to miss out on one of this year’s highlights from an artist whose reputation goes from strength to strength.”
The official opening of A STILL SMALL VOICE is on Monday, 2 May and Tina Warren’s works can be seen until 26 May 2016, during the Gallery’s opening hours of Monday to Saturday.
Find us at Blott Artist Studio, 53 King Street, Blackpool.