Must I Paint You a Picture? is an exhibition that brings together six London-based artists who
primarily or exclusively work with the medium of painting. Glenn Brown, Silke Otto-Knapp,
Bruno Pacheco, Alessandro Raho, Maaike Schoorel and Alexis Marguerite Teplin share an
approach to painting that combines a dedication to mastering its techniques with a constant
experimentation with its possibilities. The exhibition is guest curated by art critic and curator
Pablo Lafuente, and includes around fifteen recent works, with each artist represented by a
selection of two or more works, several of which have been made for this exhibition.
The artists’ showing in Must I Paint You a Picture? are all fascinated by the process of painting
and their works constitute attempts to create images that work pictorially while, in the process,
investigating how this is possible. Through references to the history of painting and their mastery
of techniques and materials they question the way painting turns a set of forms and colours into
an image that can have a tremendous seductive power. However, the forms of the work in the
exhibition are hugely diverse, from hyper realism to abstraction, from oil to watercolour, and from
muted to vibrant colours. Not only do the artists have different visual styles, but they are at
different stages of their careers and span different generations.
Glenn Brown was born in Northumberland, England in 1966 and studied at the Norwich School of Art,
Bath College of Higher Education and Goldsmiths College. He was short-listed for the Turner Prize in
2000 and had a solo show at the Serpentine Gallery in the Autumn of 2004.
Silke Otto-Knapp was born in Osnabrück in 1970. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art and
Design in 1996, and has had solo shows at Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, greengrassi, London,
Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.
Bruno Pacheco was born in Lisbon in 1974. He is currently in the MA program at Goldsmiths College,
and has had solo exhibitions at Lisboa 20 gallery and the Gulbenkian Foundation, both in Lisbon.
Alessandro Raho was born in 1971 in Nassau, Bahamas. He studied his BA at Goldsmiths College, and
has had solo shows at Cheim & Read, New York, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and aspreyjacques, London.
Maaike Schoorel was born in 1973 in the Netherlands. She studied her BA at the Gerrit Rietveld
Academy and her MA at the Royal College of Art. Her exhibitions include two solo shows at Galerie
Diana Stigter, Amsterdam and a solo presentation at Rheinschau Art Cologne Projects in 2004.
Alexis Marguerite Teplin was born in California in 1976. She studied her BA in Fine Arts at UCLA and
her MFA at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. In 2003 she was the Starr Fellow at the Royal
Academy Schools, and her work has been exhibited at Entwistle and The Approach, both in London.