Print Room at Pallant House Gallery
26 February – 27 April 2014
Building on the growing status of ‘Outsider Art’ over the past year, this new exhibition pairs the work of two Japanese artists, Masao Obata (1943-2010) and Shinichi Sawada (b.1982) with two British artists, Chaz Waldren (b.1950) and Jason Pape (b.1986) who both share an intuitive approach to their artistic practice. Obata and Sawada were included in the acclaimed Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, while Sawada also appeared in the recent BBC Imagine documentary and at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Jason Pape’s and Chaz Waldren’s work featured in the Outside In 2009 and 2012 exhibitions and Waldren’s work is in the collections at Pallant House Gallery and the Museum of Everything.
The exhibition will show Obata’s distinctive drawings on cardboard alongside Chaz Waldren’s intuitive and decorative works, and Shinichi Sawada’s thorny creatures displayed with Jason Pape’s playful ceramic animals, juxtaposing their processes, cultural experiences and motivations to create.
Image one: Shinichi Sawada, Untitled
Image two: Jason Pape, Welsh White Pony