Coral Woodbury: Revised Edition

9 Mar-4 May 2024
PV 14 Mar 2024

HackelBury Fine Art
London W8 5RL


Woodbury uses recurring motifs such as ashes, palimpsests, and remnants of material culture to evoke themes of absence and memory, and bridge human connection across time. 

In her series, Revised Edition, Woodbury enacts a feminist intervention in the art history canon. On pages torn from the seminal Janson’s History of Art – which entirely omitted artist women from its first 29 printings – she, with sumi ink, paints women back into the history which excluded them. Her work renders the invisible visible.

“When complete, Revised Edition will encompass 617 paintings and will stand as testimony against the erasure of others which reaches deeply into our culture.”

Oil paintings from the Broken Spine series continue this same exploration of the vagaries of memory, time, and history. Translucent layers of paint and obscured writing lend an ephemeral quality which suggests the fading, forgetting, and fragmenting of the past. From parchment manuscripts, to authors’ galley proofs, to the current US book banning epidemic — the traces and erasures of thought become part of the process of painting. 

“These paintings originated when I was recovering from a fractured spine. Themes of brokenness and repair entered my work, and I began exploring the metaphorical connections between book and body.”

The series In Place is Woodbury’s personal travelogue, noted in colour rather than writing. Finding a timeworn book specific to the location has become an orienting ritual upon arrival. The pages, swatched in various hues of gouache, record fleeting experiences in the language of color. 

Selected works


Constellations Part 1: Figures on Earth & Beyond
Gallery 1957
until 25 May
Blyth Gallery
until 13 Jun
Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection
until 5 Jan
Judy Chicago: Revelations
until 1 Sep
Enzo Mari
Design Museum
until 8 Sep
Tai Shani: The World to Me Was a Secret: Caesious, Zinnober, Celadon, and Virescent
The Cosmic House
until 20 Dec
Scene III: Chris Huen Sin-kan, Forwards & Backwards, Back & Forth
Matt Carey-Williams​​​​‌‍​‍​‍‌‍‌​‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‌‌‍‍​‍​‍​‍‍​‍​‍‌​‌‍​‌‌‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‌​‌‍‌​‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍​‍​‍​‍​​‍​‍‌‍‍​‌​‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌‍​‍​‍​‍‍​‍​‍​‍‌​‌‌​‌‌‌‌‍‌​‌‍‍‌‌‍​‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‌‌​‌‍‌‌‌‍‍‌‌​​‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌​‌‍‍‌‌‌​​‍‌‍‌‌‍‌‍‌​‌‍‌‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌‍‌‌
until 25 May
Looking In
JGM Gallery
until 25 May
Raphaela Simon: Phantom
Michael Werner Gallery
until 2 Sep
Nick Waplington: Living Room
Hamiltons Gallery
until 1 Jun
The Showroom Mural Commission | Kay Abude, Be Creative Remain Resilient
The Showroom
until 28 Jul
Georgia Gardner Gray: La Morosa Española
Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
until 15 Jun
Hayal Pozanti: Tender Mountain
Timothy Taylor
until 2 Jun
Michela de Mattei & Toby Christian: Flash_Looking
until 5 Jul
Histories in Flux
JD Malat Gallery
until 1 Jun
Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King
The Wallace Collection
until 20 Oct
Hélène Fauquet: Phenomena
until 25 May
The Secret Lives of Plants
The Gallery of Everything
until 7 Jul
Soumya Sankar Bose: Braiding dusk and dawn
Delfina Foundation
until 7 Jul