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Bio


Deb Covell is a painter who celebrates the material qualities of paint by rejecting pictorial imagery, and eliminating the traditional canvas support in an attempt to create paintings without restriction.

Born Stockton on Tees, lives and works in Saltburn by the Sea, Teesside.

Represented by Gray Contemporary, Houston (USA).


Academic Training

2001 - 2002 MA Fine Art University of East London
1985 - 1989 BA (hons) Fine Art Liverpool Polytechnic


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Whiteout, Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar (UK)
2018  White Angles, Deb Covell & David Goerk, Gray Contemporary, Houston (USA)
2016 Here And Now, OBJECT / A, Manchester (UK)
2016 Real Lines, GRAY CONTEMPORARY, Houston, Texas (USA)
2014 From Nowt to Summat, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (UK)
2014 Absolute Zero, PS2 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (UK)
2013 Zero, Untitled Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2005 Recent Paintings, Redbox Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
2004 Nuance, Saltburn Artists Projects, Teesside (UK)


Group Exhibitions

2018 Monochrome: Empty & Full, The VCA, Melbourne (AUS)
2018 The Shapers, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York (USA)
2018  After the Act, Golden Thread Gallery. Belfast, Ireland (IE)
2018  INOC 24 - Collective Painting, National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine (UA)
2018  Hellenikon; Assemblage no.7, RNOP & IS-Projects, Beton 7 Gallery, Athens, Greece (GR)
2018  The London Works, Cross Gallery, Australia (AUS)
2018  MIMA Collection, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art , Middlesbrough (UK)
2018  New Modern 2, Saturation Point Projects, London (UK)
2018  Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham (UK)
2018  Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v2, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
2018  Structures, Newlyn Art Gallery , Penzance (UK)
2018  Icons/Objects, Deb Covell, Don Voisine, Tiberiy Szilvashi, Kazimir Malevich, KNO.lab, Mikhail Bulgakov, Museum, Kiev (UA)
2018  Painting Black, Raum Schroth, Museum Wilhelm Morgner (DE)
2017 Land/Line/Sea, Cross Gallery at Artlacuna Space, London (UK)
2017 Painting Black, Raum Schroth, Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest (Germany)
2017 Assemblage No.4 Van Doseburg FC, AGNS at Concrete Store, Amsterdam (NL)
2017 New Modern, RPNG, Saturation Point Projects, London (UK)
2017 0/1, Kiev Non Objective, Inaugural Exhibition, National Art Museum, Kiev (Ukraine)
2017 Glitch - The Aesthetics of Failure, The Isherwood gallery, Wigan (UK)
2017 Painting, Installations, Objects, Gallery Kierat, Szczecin, Poland
2017 Black Box, Künstlerhaus Saar, Saarbrücken (Germany)
2017 Black Box, Faux Mouvement Centre De-Art Contemporain, Metz (France)
2017 Postcards to Alaska, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, Alaska (USA)
2017 Extended Process, Saturation Point Projects, London (UK)
2017 Off the Wall, Raumx London Projectspace, London, (UK)
2017 Eccentric Geometric, Arthouse 1, London (UK)
2017 Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v2, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, California (USA)
2017 Combined, Gray Contemporary, Houston, Texas , (USA)
2016 The Fold, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London (UK)
2016 Kunst utenfor Kunsten, Beat Art Collection, Agder Gamle Teater (Norway)
2016 Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v2, Divisible, Ohio (USA)
2016 Bauhaus Babies, Odetta Gallery, New York (USA)
2016 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2016 Sixty, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London (UK)
2016 Transparent Things, Vane, Newcastle (UK)
2015 We Insist, Biennale of Non Objective Art, Pont de Claix, Grenoble (France)
2015 imima, Gallery Number Three Carlisle (UK)
2015 Summer Salon, Angus Hughes Gallery, London (UK)
2015 Real Painting, Castlefield Gallery , Manchester (UK)
2015 Fall of the Rebel Angels, Riva Dei Sette Martiri, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)
2015 Fools Gold, CNB Gallery, London (UK)
2015 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2014 Sha Boogie Bop, Anonymous Gallery, Soho, New York (USA)
2014 Inside Out, Surface 2 Air, Soho, New York (USA)
2014 A5, Lubomirov-Easton, Platform Projects @ Art Athina, Athens (Greece)
2014 Aesthetica Art Prize, York St. Marys, York Arts Trust (UK)
2014 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2013 Dimensions Variable, Deb Covell, DJ Simpson & Tony Charles. Manchester Contemporary (UK)
2013 North South Divine, WW Gallery, London & Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough (UK)
2013 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2013 Station to Station, Scope Art Show, New York (USA)
2012 OWWO, Summerhall, Edinburgh (UK)
2012 Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery, London (UK)
2012 This, That and The Other, Deb Covell, Keith Coventry & Barry Flanagan. Platform A Gallery (UK)
2012 Drawing Show, Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough (UK)
2011 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2011 Fuze, Inaugural Show, Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough (UK)
2011 We Are All In This Together, Bureau, Manchester (UK)
2011 Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, Quaffers Pavillion, 54th Venice Biennale (Italy)
2011 Dander, Art Projects, London Art Fair (UK)
2010 Secret, Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2008 Prelude, Saltburn Artists Projects, Teesside (UK)
2008 Monochrome Excellence in Greyscale, Lund Gallery York (UK)
2006 Glide, hosted at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK)
2006 Off The Shelf, Saltburn Artists Projects, Teesside (UK)
2005 Location, The Crypt, Middlesbrough (UK)
2005 A Common Cause, Christchurch, Redcar, Teesside (UK)
2004 Loveletter, Arts Council England, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
2003 Muel, Docklands, UEL, East London (UK)
2003 Mythic, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London W1 (UK)
2002 Made in England, Vortex Gallery, London (UK)
2001 Stranded, Old Aldwych station London, curated by Grenville Davey (UK)
2001 Glimpse, Stockton Visual Arts Festival, Teesside (UK)
2001 Onto Land Into Light, Arc, Stockton on Tees (UK)


Symposia/Debates/Judging Panels

2018 Structures Residency;  Participated with 25 artists from the UK, Europe, and the US whose practice is informed by networks, frameworks and systems, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
2015 Participatory Judge for The Nottingham Castle Open Competition
2015 Mentor for Mima's Creative Exchange Programme, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2014 Artists Open Studio, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2014 Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets, Artists Rooms,  Panel member on a discussion about Louise Bourgeois & artists reaching success in later life,  Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2012 Participatory Judge for the annual Solo Award, WW Gallery, London
2011 - 2014 Desired futures, Organised and implemented a series of discussions about artists working in the North of England, funded by Turning Point Northeast Baltic, hosted by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Platform A Gallery
2007 Draw Symposium, hosted contemporary drawing debate with Gavin Turk, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2006 Seeds of Change, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
2006 Road Show, East Street Arts, Leeds


Awards and Bursaries

2018 Seedbed Trust Bursary, Navigator North, Middlesbrough
2014 Mima Bursary for Artists Open Studio
2014 Finalist for the Aesthetica Art Prize
2009 NAN Bursary, CSDI Professional Practice Award with artist Simon Grennan
2007/2008 Arts council England Professional Practice Award DJ Simpson, Art Lab, Brighid Lowe, Mike Stubbs, Richard Forster
2001 Northern Arts, Research & Travel Bursary


Reviews/Articles

2018 http://www.kno.org.ua/home/kno-lab/kno-lab001
2017 http://www.saturationpoint.org.uk/Eccentric_Geometric.html
2017 https://www.drlauragray.com/single-post/2017/08/17/On-British-Minimalism-for-SATURATION-POINT
2017 http://www.cedra.kiev.ua/2017/10/02/kyiv-non-objective-the-floor-is-given-to-ukraine/
2017 http://creativedarlington.org.uk/conversations-in-painting-if-it-fits-in-the-fiesta-youre-in-present-an-exhibition-of-new-and-recent-paintings/
2016 https://www.papercitymag.com/arts/changing-art-game-young-lion-takes-prime-shuttered-gallery-space-uses-power-facebook/
2016 http://www.saturationpoint.org.uk/Deb_Covell.html
2016 https://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/whats-on/vane/transparent-things-deb-covell-leo-fitzmaurice-lee-machell-jo-mcgonigal
2016 https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/here-and-now
2016 https://www.fresharts.org/events/john-tallman-not-pleasure-alone-objects-2007-2015-deb-covell-real-lines
2016 https://patternsthatconnext.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/gesso-and-acrylic-paint-on-nothing-deb-covells-new-painting-at-object-a/
2016 http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/interview-with-deb-covell-previous-shortlisted-artist-in-the-aesthetica-art-prize/
2015 http://thisistomorrow.info/articles/real-painting
2015 http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2015/06/paint-activated-castlefield-gallerys-real-painting-reviewed/
2015 www.aestheticamagazine.com/aesthetica-art-prize-finalist-deb-covell-real-painting-castlefield-gallery/
2015 www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/12/this-weeks-new-exhibitions
2015 www.allarthistoryiscontemporary.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/paint-for-paints-sake-a-dual-review-of-real-painting-at-castlefield-gallery/
2015 www.a-n.co.uk/news/now-showing-100-the-weeks-top-exhibitions
2015 www.creativetourist.com/articles/art/manchester/real-painting-at-castlefield-gallery-in-pictures/
2015 www.pftpftpftpftpft.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/real-painting-castlefield.html?m=1
2014 Art Monthly, Northwest Round Up,  Bob Dickinson
2013 Guardian Guide
2013 Corridor 8 Magazine
2013 North South Divine : Keeping It Real in Teesside and East London, Kate Brindley 
2013 Contemporary Art Society, Hobson's Choice, North South Divine, WW Gallery
2012 The Independent, Picture Preview, Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery
2012 FAD Magazine, This That and The Other - Deb Covell, Keith Coventry, Barry Flanagan, Platform A Gallery
2011 FAD Magazine



Collections

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK)?
Paintings in Hospitals (UK)
Beat Art Collection, Norway (NO)
Kiev Non Objective Collection Ukraine (UA)?
Private Collections