Artist and activist Gilly Szego set to open a retrospective exhibition in December by Calum Roscow

Renowned painter and life-long activist, Gilly Szego is holding a retrospective of her life's work at Protein Studios in December.

The work of Szego, acclaimed for raising the plight of refugees and gender issues, has never been more relevant in the world we are facing today.

Szego has been painting since training at Byam Shaw in the 1940s, with her first work displayed at the Festival of Britain in 1951, and her most recent exhibition, Opposites: Conflict and the Human Mind, exploring cognitive dissonance was shown last year.

Although much of her work has been shown in solo exhibitions, or part of collections, including at the Royal Academy, The Mall Galleries, East London Gallery and the Loggia Gallery, this retrospective exhibition will contain pieces that never been exhibited in public before. It also contains work by other artists including a portrait of Szego by Feliks Topolski.

The retrospective will give a whole new generation of art-lovers the chance to discover and experience her challenging work.

Gilly Szego: A Retrospective runs from 7 to 12 December 2017 at Protein Studios, New Inn Yard, Shoreditch.

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Hosted by Protein Studios in Shoreditch, Gilly Szego: A Retrospective is the largest curation of Szego's work to date. The exhibition will showcase pieces from over seven decades, from early watercolours, through to the portraits for which she is best known. At 85 years old, Szego is still producing artwork and this exhibition will also include her show from last year Opposites: Conflict and the Human Mind.

Gilly Szego: A Retrospective also includes photographs and works by other artists that tell the story of her career as a painter, including a portrait by Feliks Topolski.

With over 50 pieces, the exhibition includes privately-owned works that have never been exhibited before.

Full details will be announced soon...

Still painting at 84, Gilly Szego to open new exhibition by Calum Roscow

Artist and former jewellery designer Gilly Szego is to open an exhibition of new work at the Edmund Gallery in September. Szego is one half of the locally-renowned couple that designed and produced handmade jewellery at the former silversmiths on Guildhall Street and this exhibition marks her return to exhibiting fine art in the town.

The collection Opposites: Conflict & The Human Mind is the culmination of two years’ exploration of contrasting human emotions. Each watercolour in the series is part of a pair that portrays opposing emotions; War/Peace, Anguish/Ecstasy. But visitors to the gallery are invited to try to identify each emotion, just by looking at the unlabelled artworks.

It’s hoped that people will enjoy the discussion it creates. And there’s a chance to find out which is which at the end.

Gilly Szego said:

“I wanted to create something that makes people think. This exhibition explores our ability to hold, and accept, differing opinions in our minds. Some of the pieces are more obvious than others, and you are likely to find that you disagree with other people on which opposites are being portrayed. It’s this difference of opinion that the exhibition celebrates and examines.”

At eighty-four year’s old, Szego has been painting for almost seventy years, and has had work shown in galleries all over the world, including the Royal Academy, London in many of the summer exhibitions, as well as producing pieces for her local Amnesty group here in Bury.

This latest exhibition is a departure from her usual oil on canvas pieces:

“I’m not quite as young as I used to be, so painting has become a bit trickier. But the challenges of old age have actually forced me to be more creative, so this latest work uses a variety of materials, watercolours and inks.”

The exhibition runs from 24th until 29th September at the Edmund Gallery on Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds.