Molly Bythell (b. 1995 UK)

I am an artist currently based in Hereford. Living and studying in Istanbul for 6 months in 2016 was inspiring. It was the perfect location to take my work into a more contemporary context.

As a woman painting women, I manipulate the figure to allow it agency and joy, rather than being subject to male gaze. This is both enjoyable and liberating. Though connected to the traditions of figurative painting, I absorb paint’s ability to abstract and reinvent recycled images, targeting an unorthodox representation of the body. The awkward figures pull the rug out from under usual stereotypes. They sit in images I take from real life, that are distorted and exaggerated, to suggest an ambiguous narrative. I enjoy painting the female figure, exploring its physicality and subversive beauty.

EDUCATION

2013 – 2017  Fine Art BA at Newcastle University (Achieved First Class Honours)

2017               NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training        

2016               Erasmus Semester in Fine Art at Marmara University, Istanbul

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming:

Po-arty, Ledbury Poets-Artists Collaboration, Artistree Gallery, Ledbury, Early July 2018
DKP Gallery: Molly Bythell (Solo Exhibition), H. Art Week, Left Bank Village, Hereford, September 2018
Young Masters Focus on Painting, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, October 2018

2018   
Available (solo exhibition), The Craft Gallery, Old Mayor’s Parlour, Hereford
FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

2017   
Dialogus, Lungs Project, Vane Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle University Degree Show ,Newcastle University & Great North Museum
Newcastle University Degree Show #2, Hoxton Arches, London
MAN AROLA, Project Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nasty Women, Byker Community Centre, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne
S(he) exhibition, (Submitted Small Written Statement), Laing Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Gallery Wall, Culture Lab, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ladies who Lunch Paint, (Student Open Call), The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2016  
Interim #2, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
The Parade, Atrium, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Winter Exhibition, Kilbryde Castle, Sterling, Scotland
Censored | Sansürlü, (Solo Exhibition), Istanbul Art Studio, Kadıköy, Istanbul
Bahar Vizesi, (Two Person Exhibition), Sanat Okulu, Acıbadem, Istanbul

2015 
The Painting Green, (Solo Exhibition), Tic Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
RUBBERNECKER, (M I L K Open Call), The Byker Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cross Year #2, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Shameless, (Two Person Exhibition), PH Space, Newbridge Project, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Strand Exhibition, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Narrative, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2014  
Handle With Care Collaboration, Baltic Archive, Baltic Contemporary, Newcastle Upon Tyne

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018   
May, Philippa: “Exhibition opportunity for talented young artist”, Hereford Times, p.41, January 2018
Minerva Search, “The Story So Far”, Feature, p.4, January 2018

2017   
Lungs Project, “Dialogus”, Feature, Issue 2, p.49 & p.61, October 2017
Lungs Project Exhibition Poster, Cover, “Dialogus”, October 2017
Crack Magazine, “Are you talking to me?”, Feature, Issue 351, p. 15, October 2017
Crack Magazine, “Degrees of Excellence”, Feature, Issue 347, p. 38, June 2017

2016   
Alliterati Magazine, Cover, Wanderlust, Vol. 20, October 2016

2015   
Alliterati Magazine, Feature, The Body, Issue 18, p.13 & p.54, December 2015                 

2014   
Writing piece in “Interval 1; Degree Show Edition, published by Staple Press, June 2014

AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2018   
Reserve’ Applicant for Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts Grant
Selected to participate in FBA Futures 2018, Mall Galleries, London

2017   
John Christie Prize for Outstanding Work in the Fine Art Degree Show
Winner of Student Open Call, The Holy Biscuit
Bartlett Travel Award
Bartlett Off-site Funding

2016   
M I L K Open Call, M I L K Art Collective
Achieved a First in Dissertation:
-     A critical examination of the erotic and its place in the work of Louise Bourgeois.

2015   
Worked in residence with an established and successful artist Colin Simmonds
Studentship Prize, Newcastle University


SELECTED EXPERIENCE

2018   
Guest Artist, Coordinating School Art Project, Holmer C of E Academy, Hereford.
Gallery Events Manager, DKP Gallery, Left Bank Village, Hereford.

2017   
Project Administrator of NLDC Project, working with the Arts Team of Newcastle City Council.

2016   
Assisted the Project Management of Newcastle University’s Fine Art Postcard Auction.
Art Volunteer at Qnushyo, the Assyrian-Syrian Refugee School, Istanbul.
Art Volunteer at Newbridge Project, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2013 – 2017.

2015   
Worked with Luey Graves in her Illusion and Depth in Painting workshop.
Participation in the Fine Art Student/Teacher partnership, Newcastle University.

2014   
Worked with Stephen Rowarth in Figurine Modeling, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Primary Level Art & Design Teaching, Khao Lak, Thailand.
Worked with Chris Paul Daniels in Unravel – 16mm Film Workshop.

2013   
Completed Gold Arts Award.
Two Year Participation in Longitudinal Study of Art Award’s Impact, London South Bank University.
Collaboration with company Insights Shed for their project Schools: Case Study.