In early 2020 I decided to stop making collages. The source material involved, the sheer volume of it collected over many years, its myriad associations, had begun to overwhelm me. I wondered what would happen if I restricted myself to drawing. I would still use collage as an entry point, starting each drawing with pieces of found imagery. As the drawings progressed, I found I needed more scope for revision than the thin paper would allow. So, I resorted to a kind of paper marquetry in order to re-establish the surface. I soon discovered that drawing’s restriction of means provided me with a unique and powerful tool for invention.
I made two sets of drawings during the time that the pandemic became a part of daily life. I am hesitant to call them my “lockdown work” because being in the studio is a kind of lockdown anyway. But I must admit that, in some yet to be understood way, the pandemic was a bigger factor than I realised at the time.
— Michael Ginsborg, West Norwood March 2022
Michael Ginsborg lives in London, where he studied at Ealing, Central School & Chelsea. He has held senior teaching posts at Ravensbourne, Birmingham Polytechnic & Wimbledon School of Art.He has had one person exhibitions at Lisson Gallery (1969), Serpentine Gallery (1973) and at Acme Gallery (1980). From 1985 to 2004 he exhibited regularly at Benjamin Rhodes Gallery / Jason & Rhodes / Rhodes + Mann. He has made large scale commissions at Linklaters Alliance in London and at Glaxo Wellcome Medicines Research Centre in Stevenage. Recent one person exhibitions: Drawing Gallery, London (2005) / Galleria Immaginaria, Florence (2008) / Wills Lane Gallery, St. Ives (2008) / ‘Artist of the Day’ Flowers, London (2018) selected by Keith Milow.
View the exhibition catalogue online HERE