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BACKGROUND

Ptolemy Mann creates hand-dyed and woven artworks that have become the basis for a modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of art-making underpinned with intelligent colour theory. Her time-consuming and unique approach has evolved over a twenty-five-year period. Exquisite dynamics of colour move across their fine surface, creating a painterly sweep. The term ‘Chromatic Minimalism’ has been applied to her work, and Abstract Expressionism and architecture heavily influence her. In recent years she has been making huge gestural paintings on watercolour paper and canvas exploring the relationship between thread and pigment.

Mann is interested in the relationships between colours and their affective potential. For her, painting is an expression of the material world. Optical effects and natural phenomena inspire her to explore the possibilities of her chosen materials: dye, thread, paper, paint and time. Through their rapid and/or laborious application she creates a multi-layered meditation on light and colour.

Mann makes large-scale, emotional works that express a deep sense of craftsmanship and precision through an abstract narrative. She has completed many site-specific art installations and has exhibited worldwide. She lectures regularly throughout the UK and abroad, writes for the magazine Selvedge, curates, and has received three grants from the Arts Council of England.

 

Clients and collaborators include: Tate Modern Museum, Paul Hughes Fine Arts, Gallerie Lene Bilgrav, Candid House, Among the Pines Gallery, Art Acumen, Linda Bird Gallery, NHS, Hilton Hotel Group, The Open University, Cunard, KPMG, Derwent, British Land, Stanhope PLC, Bill Amberg, Ercol, Christopher Farr, Sotheby’s, Swankye Hayden Connell Architects, Stanton Williams Architects, Allies Morrison and Johnson Tiles.

Ptolemy Mann's first book Thread Painting, published by Hurtwood Books, is available now.

EDUCATION

Royal College of Art, London
Master of Arts in Constructed Textiles

Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Textile Design

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024 Thread Painting - Presented by Taste Contemporary, Cromwell Place, London, UK

2023 Unconscious Color, Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, USA

2022 Thresholds II, Findlay Galleries, New York, USA

2022 Thresholds, Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, USA

2019-2024 Circadian Rhythm – Commissioned triptych, Tate Modern Gallery, London, UK

2019 Bauhaus / Handwerk, Gallery Lau, Munich, Germany

2019 Albedo, Old Street Gallery, London, UK

2011-2012 The Architecture of Cloth – Colour and Space, UK

A year long touring exhibition at Ruthin, Dovecot Studios, The Aram Gallery and Harley Galleries finishing at Gloucester Cathedral

2010 Chromatic Minimalism, Gallery Lau, Munich, Germany

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 Continuities: 2000 Years of Textile Arts in South America with Paul Hughes Fine Arts, Lamb Gallery, London, UK

2022 The Blue Hour, Officinet, Copenhagen, Denmark

2022 The Golden Hour, Galleri Lene Bilgrav, Copenhagen, Denmark

2022 Art Genève – Art Fair with Taste Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2021 Odd and Even – A Collection, Presented by Taste Contemporary, Maison Louis Carré, Paris, France

2021 2000 Years of Abstraction with Paul Hughes Fine Arts, Maiden Bradley Chapel, Somerset, UK

2020 Art Genève – Art Fair with Taste Contemporary, Geneva Switzerland

2019 Miart – Art Fair with Taste Contemporary, Milan, Italy

2019 Art Genève – Art Fair with Taste Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2018 The Most Real Thing – New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK

2014 Crafted – The Royal Academy, London, UK

2013 Modern Makers – Presented by Sotheby's, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

2010 'Inspired By – The Legacy of Anni Albers', Ruthin, Wales

2009 'Significant Colour', The Aram Gallery, London, UK

2007 Hue Line and Form – Curated by Peter Ting, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK

2006 The London Art Fair 2005/6 and 2007 with Adrian Sassoon, London, UK

2005 SCOPE – New York, USA

2004 'Collect' Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, V&A Museum, London, UK

2003 Ptolemy Mann-Textiles & Bob Crooks-Glass, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK

1999 Design Resolutions, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

1998 Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London, UK

AWARDS

2021 Artist Residency, The Danish Art Workshops (SVFK)

2011 Arts Council Grant for The Architecture of Cloth, Colour and Space

2011 Homes and Gardens Best Fabric Designer of the Year

2009 Arts Council Grant for Significant Colour

Atrist Ptolemy Mann smiling, sitting in front of colourful paintings
Artist Ptolemy Mann smiling, sitting in front of colourful paintings
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