Bio & CV

Kristian Purcell
Born 1979, Bedford, UK.

Purcell is a painter and graphic artist engaged with histories and memories. He is working with subjects of personal and local history and exploring through painting the role of photography and collections in both personal and cultural memory. His fine art and graphic practice is heavily informed by his experience of working with and curating fine art and history collections at The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, Bedford.

History of Art, Architecture and Design BA (Hons), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 2002-2005
Foundation Fine Art, Bedford College, Bedford, UK 1998-1999

Eastern Approaches UH Galleries, Museum of St Albans, St Albans, UK, 6 December 2014 - 11 January 2015
Kristian Purcell - History Paintings St Peters Church, Bedford 6 - 29 November 2014
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK. 9 June - 17 August 2014
Kristian Purcell - Nevada Test Site Studies, National Atomic Testing Museum (Smithsonian affiliate), Las Vegas, Nevada, US, 6 January-16 May 2014.
Open Studios - Bedford Creative Arts, 104 Midland Road, Bedford, UK, 21 - 22 July 2013
Refused, Hurwendeki, Cambridge Heath Road, Hackney, London, UK. June 2011 (Curator and exhibitor)

Studio Resident at Bedford Creative Arts, 104 Midland Road, Bedford, UK, since March 2013.
Curatorial Assistant, The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford, UK, 2004-2013

Oxford University Press (US): Project in development - Illustration for Plumbbob 57 - a graphic history of the Nevada Test Site and Atomic Testing.
Oxford University Press (UK): Cover art for the book Musical Creativities in Practice by Dr. Pam Burnard, published 2012
Bedford Creative Arts: The Winter 2011 Mini-Commission - Public Art Intervention recreating my studio in an empty shop and painting autobriographical work from photographs over a weekend event in Bedford during February 2012
Bigo & Twigetti (Record label): Cover art for the albums Feather Hammer, 2011 and Machines, 2013 by Leah Kardos.
In Situ, Cambridge, UK (Theatre Company): Artist-in Residence - ‘Theatre and Landscape’ project, Llandudno North Wales, September 2007.

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