Hales Gallery

Carole Gibbons: Of Silence and Slow Time

'Her (Gibbons) still lifes, mostly painted in Glasgow, are strong but melancholy interior harmonies where rich colours - some surprisingly sweet - glow among sombre ones.'  Alasdair Gray, author of Poor Things (2003) Hales…


Event Details



Event Starts

May 30, 2024

Event Ends

Jul 13, 2024


Hales Gallery


7 Bethnal Green Road, London

‘Her (Gibbons) still lifes, mostly painted in Glasgow, are strong but melancholy interior harmonies where rich colours – some surprisingly sweet – glow among sombre ones.’ 
Alasdair Gray, author of Poor Things (2003)
Hales is delighted to announce, Of Silence and Slow Time, a solo exhibition by Carole Gibbons. Her debut show at the gallery exhibits still life paintings spanning a ten-year period from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. The show at Hales London follows on from Gibbons’ inclusion in Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK1970-1990, which originated at Tate Britain and tours to National Galleries Scotland (25 May 2024-26 Jan 2025), as well as Gibbons’ first solo exhibition in the US at White Columns, New York.
Carole Gibbons (b. 1935 Glasgow, Scotland) studied at Glasgow School of Art and was a member of The Young Glasgow Group alongside her peers Alan Fletcher and Douglas Abercrombie. After her studies she travelled to Europe, living in Spain for a time which deeply impacted her work, before returning to Glasgow, where she lives and works today. Receiving early career success between the 1960s-1980s, she was the first living woman to have a solo exhibition at Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre in 1975. However, it has not been until recently that she has gained more widespread recognition. Gibbons has long been championed by artists Lucy Stein, Andrew Cranston, poet JF Hendry and writer Alasdair Gray. Art historian Susannah Thompson writes, ‘Her reverberating, resonant use of colour, the bleeding edges between forms, and her makeshift decorated frames and dreamlike visions are the work of an exceptional, high-voltage artist.’ [1]
For over six decades, Gibbons has cultivated a distinctive painting practice rich with resonant colour, symbolism and a striking painterly language. The body of works in Of Silence and Slow Time mark a shift in Gibbons practice from earlier mythopoetic landscapes to painting still lives, which she continues to explore to this day. Mythology remains in the everyday scenes, weaving in the epic through the staging of meaningful objects, sculptures, and referential books. In these deeply personal paintings, art historical references and classic painterly themes are combined with Gibbons’ lived experiences.
Of Silence and Slow Time takes its title from a John Keats poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn, which describes an antique passed down through centuries: a sculpture that exists outside of a human sense of time, as it does not die. Gibbons’ collection of long-treasured objects, some of which are broken, are forever preserved in her paintings – a Moroccan vase, a Chinese horse, a scallop shell and a stone head fallen from a local church. The phrase Of Silence and Slow Time also speaks to the practice of painting – Gibbons’ solo pursuit, the sense of time felt in quietness of painting at home in Glasgow.
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