Sweeter than Roses by Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright



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Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright is Glyndebourne's first formal Artist in Residence for ‘emerging’ visual artists. In line with Glyndebourne’s long tradition of supporting those in the early stages of their careers, this programme has been developed for UK-based artists less than 15 years out of their formal training. Gilvan-Cartwright has always been fascinated by opera, calling Glyndebourne ‘a jewel in the forest’. In many of his paintings, there are spaces or apertures, inviting us to look closely at the surface and question what kind of pictorial world we are looking at. Figures shift in and out of focus and tangled bodies loom over a central figure, mimicking what he calls ‘chorus groups’. He also paints motifs as if props left behind – bowls, ladders, skulls – in a frightening disassembling of the theatre miscellany. Gilvan-Cartwright sees the residency as an opportunity to, ‘immerse myself in the unique world of Glyndebourne, its operas, history and extraordinary setting.

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Media Oil on canvas
Subject Between Worlds
Unframed Size 120 x 100cm
Artist Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright

About The Artist

Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright

Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright (b.1967) is a painter and performance artist. He is the first artist to undertake Glyndebourne’s first Artist in Residence programme. Gilvan-Cartwright was born in Germany and now splits his time between his home in Glynde and Turps Studio in London. He studied painting at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow under Prof. Nowosielski before undertaking an MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton. In 1997, he won the Royal Oversees League travel scholarship to spend time painting in India and Nepal. On his return, Gilvan-Cartwright was commissioned to design the BBC Proms logos for two seasons. He has also undertaken commissions for publications including The Sunday Times, Independent, Telegraph, Penguin Books and Elle Magazine. Under the name of The Baron, he has performed at the Jerwood Gallery, the Towner Art Gallery, Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Norwich Arts Centre. Gilvan-Cartwright has presented work in both group and solo shows, with recent exhibitions at Messums Wiltshire, Flowers Gallery, East West Gallery, James Freeman Gallery and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2019, he was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries.