The Trouble With Painting

David Trigg

During my research into contemporary painting I came across this ICA event which seemed to resonate with some of the discussions I’d been having with the Jerwood Painting fellows: Why do artists continue to paint? Does painting have an intrinsic value? Or an enduring relevance because of its potential for innovation and influence on other forms of art making?

In the lead up to last year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition, Bruce McLean, Vanessa Jackson, Margarita Gluzberg and Mark Leckey considered the current state of painting today. The event, chaired by ICA curator David Thorp, is a fascinating insight into current thoughts on painting that, ultimately, raises many more questions than answers.