Camouflage: A solo show by Lindsey Bull

18 - 30 November 2021
  • A desire to dress up and try on another persona characterises Lindsey Bull’s band of misfits and outsiders, and in her new series Camouflage, their likeness to fashion imagery has been illuminated.


    These paintings carry the sense of performance and un-reality always present in fashion shoots and magazines. As is also the case with counter-culture movements, this has on one hand a level of absurdity, and on the other a real sense of trying to communicate through the language of costume.

     

    There is an element of performance and theatre in putting on costumes and make-up to transcend and become someone else, to seek another truth. Bull is interested in this transition and slippage between personas, gender and psychologies. That her characters are absurdly overdressed for the landscape they inhabit further suggests that this is some kind of performance or private ritual.

    Bull plays with this sense of something being obviously present but also hidden within this new series of paintings. Camouflage is referenced within the clothing, but also through painterly marks. Figure and landscape often blur into each other,suggestive of the figure being part of the landscape. Yet, taken out of context, camouflage becomes glaringly obvious, doing the opposite of its purpose. It reveals.

    • Lindsey Bull, Harlequin, 2019
      Lindsey Bull, Harlequin, 2019
    • Lindsey Bull, Sock, 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Untitled (Flowers), 2019
      Lindsey Bull, Untitled (Flowers), 2019
    • Lindsey Bull, War Paint, 2021
      Lindsey Bull, War Paint, 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Dancing Queen , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Mirror , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Moors , 2020
      Lindsey Bull, Moors , 2020
    • Lindsey Bull, Playsuit , 2021
      Lindsey Bull, Playsuit , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Playsuit , 2021
      Lindsey Bull, Playsuit , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Reclined , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, Secret History , 2021
      Lindsey Bull, Secret History , 2021
    • Lindsey Bull, The Field , 2021
      Lindsey Bull, The Field , 2021
  • Bull was awarded the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2010, the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Award in 2016 and the...

    Lindsey Bull in her Manchester Studio, photographed by Michael Collier

    Bull was awarded the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2010, the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Award in 2016 and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Award in 2017. In 2018 she undertook a residency at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida and exhibited in the London British Painting exhibition at Space K in Seoul, Korea in 2019. Having been shortlisted, she exhibited in the John Moores Paintings Prize at National Museums Liverpool in 2021.