No Set Rules is a collaborative exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery which explores the limitless possibilities of working on paper. The exhibition brings together selected works from the Philip Schlee collection of drawings, prints and paintings by artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004 with resonant works on paper from our own collection.
No Set Rules initiates dialogues, grouping teachers, students, collaborators and strangers, and juxtaposing masters of monochrome with creators of dazzling sweeps of colour to show that drawing doesn’t necessarily begin or end with a pencil.
This exhibition proves, as David Hockney once observed, that “there are no set rules in drawing”.
Celebrating the richness and diversity of each collection, No Set Rules presents 49 works by 37 artists, seven of whom – Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jane Joseph, Leon Kossoff, Michael Rothenstein, Glenn Sujo and Edward Toledano – are represented in both.
The works cover a wide range of subject matter, techniques and practice, moving from figuration to abstraction to explore 100 years of expression on paper. Other artists include Craigie Aitchison, Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Christopher Le Brun, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Sarah Lightman, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Tomalin and John Virtue.