WILLIAM ALEXANDER LUMSDEN IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHOSE WORK FOCUSES ON THE TOPIC OF CHANGE AND THE CONSTANT DUALITIES OF PROGRESS IN THE DIGITAL ERA.
“I, You, We – live in a peculiar time of interconnect – and disconnect. As we plunge head first into the information era, the cultural landmasses are shifting. Traditional religious institutions are being sidelined, and brand and celebrity culture have been hardwired into our everyday lives. It’s in this collage-like society the individual exists – ever more empowered, yet alienated at the same time.
Working between the UK, Argentina and Sweden, it is my immediate surroundings and culture that guide my focus. The key emphasis of my work is derived from experiencing the culture at hand and attempting to physically manifest these experiences in painting and sculpture.
My process is based on direct observation and memory. Working between black/white, colour and different materials is a necessity to keep things fresh.” W.A.L.
LUMSDEN is a member of a new generation of emerging Swedish artists. Trained in the Caribbean at Altos de Chavon (affiliate to Parsons The New School for Design NYC.) rated by V Magazine one of the top 10 best art & design schools in the world. Lumsden currently works between the UK, Argentina and Sweden, producing work inspired by his immediate surroundings, with particular emphasis on contemporary culture and its physical manifestations. He recently finished a 2 year residency at art materials company Daler-Rowney, where he explored the history of paint and produced huge canvases conveying the underground world of London’s Tube travellers.
Lumsden has exhibited nationally and internationally in a number of commercial, public and artist-led spaces including District & Co (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); Scheffer Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Gothia Towers (Gothenburg, Sweden), Green Rooms (Edinburgh, Scotland), Tarbeach Gallery (London). He recently exhibited at the Menier Gallery London in a two-person show alongside acclaimed British artist Cherry Pickles. This exhibition – based on two artists’ experience of London – supported the charity ‘Paintings in Hospitals’ and, in association with the ‘Redthread’ charity, offered young people a series of workshops to explore abilities and places that they might otherwise regard as outside their territory (including the Prince’s Drawing School and other public arts venues). Lumsden has run a range of colour seminars around the world called ‘Chroma – Contemporary colours in use’ and was a guest lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore in 2013.
Art with a socio-cultural message
Lumsden’s exhibitions have a wider focus and aim to engage a wider audience:
Westminster Arts Reference Library ‘The Human Zoo’ (2015)
Exhibition incorporated a series of public discussion ‘THE HUMAN ZOO – HUMAN NATURE THROUGH THE EYES OF CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE AND ARTNTEXT OF THE METROPOLIS’. Discussion revolving the stark contrast of opportunities and side-effects of living in megacities.
The Gallery – Gothia Towers ‘Based on a true story’, Gothenburg (2014)
The project aim was to support the local dock workers in a time of turmoil. The project tried to facilitate public debate by sharing information, and bringing together key stakeholders to discuss socio-economic challenges concerning the inner city harbour. Thus enabling local community members to meet face to face with the city’s chief architect, sociologists, historians, and other decision makers.
Menier Gallery London ‘Necropolis’, London (2013)
Gallery show linked to Red-Thread charity – delivering creative workshops for youths perviously admitted to King’s College Hospital A&E. Project focused on raising self-confidence through different creative interactions and introduced youths to a selection of new locations including The Prince’s Drawing School. Special activities included: Charity Fundraising workshop; Press-preview with Council representatives; Sandbox business networking events; Live soundscape performances; and implementing mobile systems to donations.
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre ‘Odyssey’, Gothenburg (2012)
Solo show in lobby area of the biggest literary festival in Scandinavia. The artwork focused on the ever-changing industrial landscape of this industrial city by the sea. Show interacted with public through various low-tech interactive stations.
TarBeach Gallery Brixton ‘Overground / Underground’, London (2011)
Exhibition theme built around London and the 2011 summer riots. As part of the exhibition Lumsden held creative workshops for local community members of all ages, with community groups utilising the space as a forum for discussion. As a result of this, Lumsden was approached by Lambeth Council to run workshops for their young offenders arts initiative.
Altos de Chavon Gallery ‘Dominican Earth’, La Romana (2010)
Multimedia portrait-sculpture exhibition featuring recorded interviews from each sitting. Sitters were free to reflect on life in the Dominican Republic and the stark contrasts of this hierarchical society. Recording stations were left in the gallery for visitors to record their own thoughts and experiences.
The Human Zoo Project: Meltdown
Buenos Aires, Argentina ’15
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
WESTMINSTER ART REFERENCE LIBRARY. ‘THE HUMAN ZOO’, London, UK. May-June, ’15.
GOTHIA TOWERS. ‘BASED ON A TRUE STORY’, Gothenburg, Sweden. Oct, ’14.
MENIER GALLERY. ‘NECROPOLIS’, London. Nov 2013.
TAKASHIMAYA. ‘CHROMA – Contemporary colour in use’, Singapore. Aug 2013.
GOTHIA TOWERS. ‘Odyssey’, Gothenburg, Sweden. Sep – Oct, ’12.
TARBEACH GALLERY. ‘Overground / Underground’, London. UK. Dec 2011 – Jan 2012.
ALTOS DE CHAVON. ‘Artist in Residence Show’, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Feb 2011
ALTOS DE CHAVON. ‘Artist in Residence Show’, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Nov 2010.
DISTRICT & CO. ‘Drawing On Sight + Site’, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dec-Jan, 2009-10.
SCHEFFER GALLERY. ‘Reflexión’, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aug 2008.
THE GREEN ROOM GALLERY. ‘Absolute Passion’, Edinburgh, Scotland. Feb 2008.