Selected works

Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape responded to The Courtauld Gallery’s Summer Showcase, Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the ‘20s, and draws on works from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collection.

a big structure that looks like a capsule and has an open entrance, set in a natural landscape.
Tacita Dean, Bubble House, 1999, 16mm film projection. Courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York

In 1891, the artist Paul Gauguin travelled from Paris to the Pacific island of Tahiti in pursuit of a haven away from Western civilisation. Artists have long been drawn to the elusive ideals and tantalising fantasies that islands embody.

This trans-historical exhibition explores artists’ fascination with other worlds, real and imagined, and the perennial search for utopia, considering the concept of the island in poetic, evocative, and experimental ways.

Imagining Islands was curated by students on the MA course Curating the Art Museum.

a picture of a tree emerging from mist or water
Mary McIntyre
The Lough V
80 x 100cm
Light-jet prohotgraphic print on di-bond
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
© The artist

A painting of a female figure from the back waving at a person on a ship
John Everett Millais
The Parting of Ulysses
c. 1862
11.8 x 10.3 cm
Watercolour on paper
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

An etching of two people in a garden
Jan Brueghel the Elder
Adam and Eve in Paradise
47.3 x 63.8 cm
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

a watercolour painting of a seascape in black and white
Charles Avery
View Towards the Sea of Clarity
64 x 94 cm
Ink and watercolour on paper
© The artist

a squared wood sculpture with a hole in the centre and a cavity on the left side
Barbara Hepworth
45.7 x 35.6 x 30.5cm
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
© Bowness, Hepworth Estate