Nine Mile Burn
9 October - 27 November 2020
Nick Goss made the paintings in this exhibition at his London studio, on a 183-metre oil tanker on the Adriatic Sea, and in a barn near the Scottish hamlet of Nine Mile Burn. This was his 2020 journey; he had not planned it that way. The paintings are the result of a single period of creation that began on the ship in January, but they were never conceived as a suite or series under a theme. This body of work, the Nine Mile Burn paintings, are a diffuse, new story. This exhibition, the artist’s fifth at Josh Lilley, inaugurates the rebuilt and integrated galleries of 40–46 Riding House Street.
Nick Goss (b. 1981, Bristol, UK) layers personal and collective history on the canvas through scenes of confident accretion and erasure, constructing and reconstructing phenomena that never had physical form. His paintings clearly summon the space of dreams, where time, space and identity slip, but the sense of a journey propels artist and viewer forward. Goss has been the subject of four solo exhibitions at Josh Lilley, along with multiple solo shows at Simon Preston, New York, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. His first institutional survey, “Morley’s Mirror” at Pallant House, Chichester, UK, was accompanied by a catalogue co-published with Koenig Books, London.
Nick Goss lives and works in London.