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Alexis Soul-Gray

Sat 12 Feb 2022 - Fri 04 Mar 2022





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Alexis Soul-Gray


In a change to our regular gallery programming format, Exeter Phoenix is hosting a new gallery residency project with South West-based artist Alexis Soul-Gray that runs throughout February in Gallery 1. The project provides the artist with an opportunity to explore and test new ideas for the creation and presentation of her work that make use of the scale of the space and the ability to engage with visitors as she works.

Predominantly working in painting, collage, assemblage and printmaking, Soul-Gray explores ideas of nurture, dereliction and the mother archetype in relation to trauma and loss. She employs a variety of found imagery and objects, both as points of reference and as physical material, to question issues around memorial, nostalgia and commemoration. During her residency, she intends to experiment with the presentation of more sculptural elements and with working at a larger scale than has previously been possible. At various points during the residency period, on an ad-hoc basis, there will be opportunities for the public to see work in progress and ask the artist questions.

The residency forms part of our Platform programme, which offers artists based in the South West region opportunities to test out ideas, new work and recent developments in their practice. In this instance, the artist was asked how the offer of space would be most useful to her practice at this point in time, with no preconceived agenda or outcome required. Soul-Gray has opted to split the time available between the period of residency, working in the space, followed by a more formal exhibition period that may include work created in the space as well as other recent works that will be exhibited here for the first time. A simultaneous solo exhibition by Annabelle Tim Hogben will be on display in Gallery 2 throughout this period.




Exhibition period: Straw Girl

Sat 5 Mar – 17 Apr

Following her residency period, Alexis Soul-Gray will present a solo exhibition in Gallery 1

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Exhibition preview:

Sat 12 Feb | 3-5pm | Free entry

Join us for a drink and the first chance to see the new exhibition on its opening day.


Artists Talk
Sat 2 Apr | 1.30pm | free (booking essential)

Join the artist as they discuss the exhibition and his wider practice.

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Buy a print: Alexis Soul-Gray: Edith, 2021 | £30 (+p&p)

A limited edition, Giclée print of an original painting in an edition of 100 unframed copies. Printed with archival ink on 290gsm Hahnemühle Agave fibre paper. Paper size 274 × 356mm. This edition was made as an affordable artwork to accompany Alexis Soul-Gray’s exhibition Straw Girl.

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Alexis Soul-Gray (b.1980), lives and works in Devon and is currently studying MA Painting at The Royal College of Art, London.  She is alumni of The Royal Drawing School having completed the Postgraduate Drawing Year between 2006-7, her undergraduate degree was in Drawing from Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2003 after completing a foundation course at Central Saint Martins College of Art. Alexis has held lecturing positions in universities, worked as an independent curator and is a 2021 recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting and Drawing. She is currently working towards her first international solo shows.


Alexis Soul-Gray, Untitled, 2021

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