A Sense of Enquiry: Paintings by Will Alsop

Will Alsop is one of Britain’s best-known architects: most famous in the UK for Peckham Library, for which he won the Stirling Prize, and more recently for the acclaimed Chips building in Manchester, he has designed numerous buildings internationally.

He is also a painter, and indeed his designs for buildings often grow out of paintings.
This exhibition presented a selection of Alsop’s paintings and mixed-media works, a few of which made reference to architecture, but most of which were non-architectural. Many were bold, colourful and abstract and demonstrated the quality in Alsop’s work that architecture critic Stephen Bayley describes as ‘a tipsy bravura’. The show included an example of one that he made in a workshop with inpatients on a mental health ward.

December 2009 – May 2010