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Priseman Seabrook Org
Wivenhoe Essex


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The Priseman Seabrook Collections were established by British artist Robert Priseman and his wife Ally Seabrook in 2014. The collections are formed into three categories – 21st Century British Painting, 20th and 21st Century British Works on Paper and Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper.

The focus of each collection is on painting and drawing made by hand.

Each collection seeks to explore, promote and question the relevance of painting and the hand-made work of art in the digital age through loans, exhibitions, talks and publications. They have grown through direct working and personal relationships with many of the artists represented and been enabled by painting swaps, donations and occasional purchases.

We especially welcome loan requests from schools, not-for-profit galleries and art museums.

The Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting is the only art collection in the United Kingdom dedicated to Painting produced in Britain after the year 2000. It contains work of international significance by leading artists including European Sovereign Painters Prize winner Susan Gunn, 54th Venice Biennale exhibitor Marguerite Horner, East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood, John Moores Prize winner Nicholas Middleton, Academy awardee James Quin, John Player Portrait Award Winner Paula MacArthur, Griffin Art Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu and Birtles Prize Winner Simon Burton.

The Collection of 20th and 21st Century British Works on Paper is comprised of prints, drawings and watercolours by key figures of British art including Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Simon Carter, Alan Davie, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, Eric Gill, David Hockney, Ben Johnson, Paul Nash, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Colin Self and Graham Sutherland.

The Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper collection is a new collection focused on small hand made works on paper created by leading Chinese artists practicing in the 21st century. It is cross generational and explores the output of artists who were born before the ‘Cultural Revolution’ such as Jiao Ye and Zhong Xiaojing, those who grew up in the wake of the Revolution like Wang Fenghua and Liao Zongrong, and those born under the ‘One-Child Policy’ such as Su Jie and Zhang Danni.

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