Lindsey Bull - Artist - Abode Gallery
Lindsey Bull

Lindsey Bull is a figurative painter, who works mainly in oils and watercolours. Solo exhibitions include Dressing Up, Bo.Lee gallery, London (2018), Yellow, Varese, Italy (2015), High House, Oxford, UK (2013);

Bull has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Steady Hands, Marrow gallery, San Francisco (2018) We Are Where We Are, Baltic39, Newcastle, (2018), Making the Strange Familiar, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2017), Liverpool Biennial Associate Exhibition, India Buildings, Liverpool, Centre d’art contemporain de Quimper, France (2014).Summer Show, The Contemporary British Painting Prize and The London Open.

Bull is particularly interested in the darker psychologies and side-lined, marginalised individuals – outsiders – on the fringes of cultural society.
Bull pushes the idea of transformation, “camouflaging”, to the extreme, often drawing inspiration from fashion magazines and books on rituals and witchcraft. Her characters, mostly female, are depicted costumed or unusually dressed and often – in unexpected, abstracted and ambiguous settings.

To the spectator it might seem as if they have intruded in something private, not intended to be discovered. However, as if protected by the enigma of their appearance and the theatrical setting, Bull’s characters gaze back with arrogance, confidence or indifference; challenging the spectator to question their preconceived ideas on image. This is one of the key aspects that interest the artist in her investigating – how the way we look can determine behaviour, relationships within a society, becoming a marker of a sense of belonging or refusal to belong.


2009 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design
2007 Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design
2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester School of Art


2018 Dressing Up, Bo.Lee gallery, London
2017 Lindsey Bull: Undergrowth, Bo Lee gallery, London
2015 Beauty and Sadness, Yellow, Varese, Italy
2013 In Disguise, High House gallery, Oxford
2012 Darkling, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
2012 Out of the Cosmic Storm, Transition gallery, London


2018 Steady Hands, Marrow gallery, San Francisco
2018 We Are Where We Are, Baltic39, Newcastle
2018 LA Summer, Arusha gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Vanitas, Marrow gallery, San Francisco, USA
2017 Black Mirror, TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth
2017 Lindsey Bull & Plastique Fantastique, Castlefield gallery, Manchester
2017 Menzel’s Foot, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2017 Making the Strange Familiar, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2017 London Art Fair: LLE & BoLee gallery, Business Design Centre, Islington
2016 The Manchester Contemporary: LLE, Old Granada Studios, Manchester
2016 British Contemporary Painting Prize, The Riverside gallery, Richmond Museum & Huddersfield Art Gallery, Richmond & Huddersfield
2016 Sampler, Arcade gallery, London
2016 Liverpool Biennial Associate Exhibition, India Buildings, Liverpool
2016 Into the Woods, Villa Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
2015 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2015 Modern Mythologies, The London Contemporary W10, London
2015 Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin gallery, London
2015 Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp, Harris Museum & Art gallery, Preston
2014 Dirty Slippery Epiphanies, Malgras Naudet, Manchester
2014 Let There Be Light, Yellow, Varese, Italy
2014 In A Flux, Warrington Museum & Art gallery, WarringtonOuija, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
2013 L’Heure des Sorcières, Centre d’art Contemprain de Quimper, France
2013 Rituals are Tellers of Us, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn
2013 Masques, Galerie d’YS, Brussels & Transition gallery, London
2013 Creekside Open, APT gallery, London
2013 Apophenia II, Fullersta Bio Konsthall, Sweden
2012 The Owl Service, Transition gallery, London
2012 The Griffin Art Prize, Griffin gallery, London
2012 The Manchester Contemporary: Castlefield gallery, Spinningfields, Manchester
2012 Apophenia, China Shop gallery, Oxford
2012 Triptych, Piccadilly place, Manchester
2012 And Let the Walls Loose, Paradise Mill, Macclesfield
2011 Painting Rituals, Coldharbour gallery, London
2011 National Open, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
2011 Open Painting Competition, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
2011 Heavens to Murgatroyd!, UAL Arts Gallery, London
2010 Red Mansion Art Prize, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
2010 Fade Away, Transition gallery, London & Gallery North, Newcastle
2009 Hey hey hey, Beijing, ChinaMagic Carpet — Crypt gallery, London
2008 thecentre:mk Annual Painting Prize, Milton Keynes
2008 Awopbopdawoobop, Transition gallery, London


2018 Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida residency, USA
2017 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Award
2016 Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Award
2011 Motorcade/FlashParade National Open Prizewinner
2011 Associazione Stralis residency, Milan, Italy
2010 Red Mansion Art Prize
2010 Red Mansion Foundation residency, Beijing, China
2009 Brenda Landon Pye Prize


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