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Annika Nuttall Gallery presents: ‘Passing Colour’, a second solo exhibition by Manon Steyaert.


Steyaert’s latest body of work takes the form of a weekly rotating exhibition, comprising a series of canvas stretchers wrapped in layers of highly pigmented silicone, installed over two walls of the gallery space. These monochromatic, totem-like frames exist between painting and sculpture, using silicone as the dominant material that suggests the canvas of a painting, but also moves and folds in space, expanding outwards.


The playfully striped works in this exhibition investigate “in between’’ tones of colour; the colour palette working in harmony reflects notions of light and movement, passing through space and time. Each of the pieces is kinetic in how they move around each other throughout the duration of the exhibition; combining with others to form part of a whole, a shifting articulated ombre. The thought process for these combinations is shown in an accompanying series of gouache studies on paper.


The paintings test the role of the white wall space around the paintings on a viewer’s perception, and how it reacts with colour. The white spacing offers the viewers’ gaze some breathing space, allowing the eye to fully appreciate and digest each colour. The complicated chromatics represented throughout the exhibition suggest a sense of time passing, like a gradient of colour going from pale to dark, light to shadow, blending in or contrasting with the walls. 


This particular palette is noticeably muted, often used in domestic interiors. Steyaert wants to highlight the complexity of this palette, and allow the hues to be celebrated as more than just a way to avoid bold or statement colours. The artist thinks of these “in between” chroma as the most significant in her practice, as they are the hardest to mix, containing larger variations of pigments, therefore taking the most time to blend.


The rotating wall-based sculptural installation requires the presence of the body, bodies of the artist and the viewers; not only to physically re-hang, but to view the installation multiple times in order to activate the work. Colour asks us to gaze, to wonder, to take in and enjoy. 

Manon Steyaert (UK/FR)

Manon Steyaert (b. 1996, Belgium, nationality French)

Lives and works in London, England

Manon Steyaert is a French-British artist based in London. Steyaert’s practice is situated between the two worlds of painting and sculpture, able to create both wall-based works and free-standing abstract sculptures. With a strong background in fashion as well as art, the artist pays homage to both traditional and non-traditional mediums throughout her practice. Focusing mainly on the aesthetic quality of silicone, Steyaert also utilises canvas, scrim, wood and metal, consequently drawing on the visual language of both architecture and painting. Allowing herself to be led by the intrinsic qualities of her materials, Steyaert’s creative process is intuitive and process-driven. Silicone as a medium is one that requires time, attention, and immense control. Hand-pouring each sheet of silicone, the curing process alone can take days, and the finished form is as delicate as it is physical. In many of Steyaert’s works, the silicone is treated like fabric: draped and folded across its structural support, creating beautiful compositions that challenge our perception of what it is that makes a painting or a sculpture. As a result, movement, abstraction and action are core to Steyaert’s work. Her abstracted forms sit in limbo between two accepted modes of art, generating a unique space for curiosity and development. Colour and form work together closely within Steyaert’s work, guiding the viewer’s eye along the undulations of her chosen material. Making use of a wide variety of colours, often melding them together to create near-psychedelic patterns across the surface of the silicone, Steyaert’s work is simultaneously simple and meditative. In recent works, Steyaert has made us of metallic pigments, which flash and glare as the silicone is manipulated across the stretchers, interrupting the viewer’s gaze and drawing further attention to the uniqueness of both the colours used and material surface itself. The importance of materiality of Steyaert’s practice is undeniable. Alternative perspectives, interpretations and viewpoints are continually encouraged within the artists’ ever-evolving practice. Unable to be defined within ‘traditional’ boundaries of painting or sculpture, her work embodies the transgressive nature of conceptual and contemporary artistic practice.



2014-2015 Foundation – Central Saint Martins

2015-2018 BA (Fine Art) – Central Saint Martins

2018-2019 MA (Fine Art) – Chelsea College of Arts


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2020 Back Room Open Call – Shortlisted, Dec exhibition

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