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Fruitmarket Gallery Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland

Solo exhibition of paintings, reliefs and constructions

3 Feb 2010

Toby Paterson

30 Jan – 28 Mar 2010

Toby Paterson Exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street

The Fruitmarket Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of the paintings, reliefs and constructions of Toby Paterson. The exhibition includes a selection of work made over the last ten years, presented in an installation designed by the artist, and a major new commission.

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Toby Paterson
Consensus and Collapse, 2010
Courtesy The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Photo: Alan Dimmick

Toby Paterson Exhibition The Fruitmarket Gallery

Toby Paterson

Toby Paterson Cluster Relief I, acrylic on aluminium, 2009 (detail) Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow Toby Paterson makes paintings, reliefs and constructions which explore the relationship between abstraction and reality. He has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture which he deconstructs both materially and politically, developing a practice in which some works are almost understandable as architecture, while others are expressions of purely abstract form.

Paterson was born in Glasgow in 1974, and still lives and works in the city. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2002 was the winner of the Beck’s Futures art prize. As well as his more gallerybased practice, he makes art for the public realm, and was recently the recipient of several public commissions, notably the completed Powder Blue Orthogonal Pavilion, part of the Portavilion project in London and Poised Array, a work made for the façade of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow. Paterson has also been appointed lead artist on the extension to the Docklands Light Railway for the London Olympics in 2012.

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Toby Paterson
Consensus and Collapse, 2010
Courtesy The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Photo: Alan Dimmick

Paterson’s work is as influenced by the architecture of Denys Lasdun, Cedric Price, and Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein at Gillespie Kidd & Coia as it is by the constructivist painting of Kenneth and Mary Martin, Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore, yet it makes its meaning primarily as painting rather than urban planning or architectural model-making. This exhibition is an opportunity to explore both the complexity and the consistency of Paterson’s practice in the context.

Toby Paterson Exhibition supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.

Fruitmarket Gallery

Toby Paterson, artist

Toby Paterson was born in Glasgow in 1974 and still lives and works in the city. He studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1991–95.

The Fruitmarket Gallery aims to make contemporary art accessible, without compromising art or underestimating audiences. The Gallery presents world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art made by both Scottish and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and always free. The Gallery aims to give audiences the confidence to enjoy contemporary art and to understand the importance of art, artists, culture and creativity and their impact on individual and collective lives.

The Gallery’s creative programme includes exhibitions, commissions, interpretation, education and publishing in both print and electronic forms. Gallery facilities include a bookshop and a café. The Gallery is physically accessible and family friendly.

A book has been produced to accompany the exhibition: Toby Paterson, Consensus and Collapse. The book reproduces much of Paterson’s work made over the last ten years, and includes essays by curator Fiona Bradley and Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of California, Davis, Simon Sadler, and a conversation between Toby Paterson and architect Ewan Imrie. Toby Paterson has also produced a limited-edition artwork which will be available for sale at The Fruitmarket Gallery during the exhibition.

+44 [0] 131 225 2383 +44 [0] 131 220 3130 [email protected] 45 Market Street, Edinburgh EH11DF, Scotland

Fruitmarket Gallery Talks and Events


Youth Taster Print Workshop Wednesday 17 February, 11–4pm. Free. 14–17 year-olds, 8 places available. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate screenprinting processes, before making their own screenprint.


Artist’s Talk
Wednesday 24 February, 6.30pm. Free. Toby Paterson in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Abstraction and Experience: British Constructivism and Toby Paterson
Wednesday 3 March, 6.30pm. Free. Art historian Martin Hammer (University of Edinburgh) talks about the work of artists such as Mary Martin, Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore, exploring with Stacy Boldrick (The Fruitmarket Gallery) the aesthetic and political relationships between Paterson’s work and British constructivist and constructionist art and architecture.

Panel Discussion: Rising into Ruins
Wednesday 17 March, 6.30–8pm. Free. Architects Ewan Imrie (Collective Architecture, Glasgow) and Amin Taha (London), architectural historian Richard Williams (University of Edinburgh), social geographer Jane Jacobs (University of Edinburgh) and writer and critic Brian Dillon (University of Kent) discuss the contexts and legacies of modernism, the contemporary built environment and social space in relation to Paterson’s work.

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Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors Wednesday 10 March, 6.30–8pm. Free. 10 places available. Refreshments provided. Artist Juliana Capes leads a guided tour of the exhibition, specifically designed for visually impaired visitors, including detailed descriptions of Toby Paterson’s work and practice.

‘Ways of Seeing’ 60+ Gallery Tour Thursday 25 March, 11.30am–1.30pm. Free. 15 places available. Refreshments provided. Booking essential. A tour of the exhibition for visitors aged 60 and over, led by freelance gallery educator Mary Keegan.

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