Celia Hempton

Colby, 2015


Hand lithograph
Printed on a traditional lithographic press
38 x 42cm
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered by the artist


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About the artwork

In this exclusive edition for Studio Voltaire, Celia Hempton has worked with the gay porn star and artist Colby Keller, who posed for the artist over a number of days during a visit to London. Hempton's strong distinctive palette is evident in her new edition. The artist worked with a master printmaker in London to produce this 15 colour etching.

About the artist 

Celia Hempton’s art explores concepts of voyeurism in the post-digital age. In her paintings, performances and installations, the artist investigates the blurred lines of comfort and consent; desire and subjugation, visibility and opacity, seeking to deconstruct the ways in which we engage with each other in an evolving hyper-mediated age. Formally, Hempton’s paintings, which range in size from intimate to the life-size acknowledge the tropes of ‘history painting’ and the often subjugated female body. Hempton's richly layered paintings directly play and confront this historical dynamism, producing tactile celebrations of the body, as well as multiple perspectives on how the bodily gaze is constructed. 

Celia Hempton lives and works in London.  In recent years her work has been included in exhibitions at ICA Boston, Performance Space 122 NYC, Artspace Sydney, Whitechapel Gallery, London, amongst many others.  She had a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Aachen, with presentations at Gwangju Biennale, Korea, Artnight with ICA London, and performances at Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, Serpentine Galleries, London.  Her work will be included in the British Art Show 9 in 2021. It is held in international private and public collections including The Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia, The British Council, UK and the Government Art Collection, UK.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.