Celia Hempton
Born in 1981
Lives & works in Stroud

Celia Hempton lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting in 2007 and completed her BA in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art.

Celia Hempton’s work explores concepts of voyeurism in the post-digital age. In her paintings, performances and installations, she 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 a rapidly evolving age of hypermediation. Formally, Hempton’s paintings, which range in scale from intimate to lifesize, acknowledge the tropes of history painting and the often subj gated female body. Hempton’s richly layered paintings directly play with and confront this historical dynamism, producing tactile celebrations of the body, alongside multiple perspectives on how the bodily gaze is constructed.

Groupshow "Regards that stare back", Paris+ by Art Basel, Paris.
October 18 - October 22, 2023.
© Gregory Copitet

Exhibition "Celia Hempton by Celia Hempton", Sultana, Paris.
March 04 - April 08, 2023.

Groupshow, "Peinture : Obsolescence déprogrammée",
Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France 2022

Celia Hempton, Southard Reid, London, UK, 2020

Celia Hempton installation in " Kathy Acker: Who Wants to Be Human All the Time" (cur. Jenny Schlenzka and Bjarne Melgaard), Performance Space 122, New York, USA 8 March 8 April 2018

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Cur. Eva Respini, ICA, Boston, USA, 2018

Tainted Love, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France, 2017

Desire. An Exhibition about Sex, Love and Lust, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia, 2017

Installation view, 'The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men', Cheim & Read, New York, USA, 2016.

Installation view, 'Art Night', ICA London, Curated by Kathy Noble. Photography: Mark Blower

Installation view, 'Electronic Superhighway 2016 – 1966', Curated by Omar Kholeif with Séamus McCormack, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Installation view: 'Prediction', curated by Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2016.

↑ Eddie, 2016, oil on polyester, 30x35 cm
↑ Cur, Oil on canvas, 30,5 x 35,5 cm, 2013
↑ Bulgaria, 25th november 2015, 2015, oil on polyester, 25x30 cm

↑ Kasja, 2015, oil on polyester, 30,5 x 25,5 cm
↑ James, oil on wood, 60 x 50 cm, 2016

Lupa, installation view, Sultana, 2015

Forget Amnesia, installation view, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, July 2014

Installation view, "FLY ASH", 2015, White Cubicle, The George & Dragon, Hackney, London, UK.

Silica, Exhibition view, Sultana, Nov 2013

“Abstract Cabinet”, curated by Vincent Honoré, David Roberts Art Foundation, June July 2013

Installation view, VUG, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany, 2013


Soft Touch
11 Mar 2023 — 11 Mar 2023

Celia Hempton
4 Mar 2023 — 4 Mar 2023


Frieze New York. New York, USA
8 May 2020 — 8 May 2020

Independent Art Fair. New York, USA
5 May 2022 — 5 May 2022

Paris+ by Art Basel. Paris, France
18 Oct 2023 — 18 Oct 2023


Select solo exhibitions : 'Celia Hempton', Southard Reid (London, UK 2020); 'Breach', Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (Rome, IT 2018); Material Art Fair with Galerie Sultana (Mexico City, MX 2017); 'Prem Sahib in collaboration with Celia Hempton', Southard Reid (London, UK 2017); 'Art Night', ICA London cur. by Kathy Noble (London, UK 2016); The Magazine Sessions in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust, Serpentine Gallery (London, UK 2016); 'Celia Hempton', Michael Lett, (Auckland, NZ 2016); 'Lupa', Galerie Sultana (Paris, FR 2015); 'FLY ASH', White Cubicle, The George & Dragon (London, UK 2015); 'Chat Random', Southard Reid (London, UK 2014); 'Paintings on Wall and Canvas', Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (Rome, IT 2014).

Select group exhibitions : 'Peinture : Obsolescence déprogrammée', (Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, 2022), Issoudun, France ; 'I See You', (Victoria Miro, 2022),Londres; UK'British Art Show 9', touring exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery (London, UK 2020-22); 'London Bridge. Arte Contemporanea in Gran Bretagna', British Council exhibition cur. by Norman Rosenthal and Harry Woodlock, Ca’Pesaro (Venice, IT 2019); 'Futures of Love, Magasins Généraux (Pantin, FR 2019), 'No Patience for Monuments', Perrotin Seoul (Seoul, South Korea 2019); 'MADEMOISELLE', Crac Occitanie - le centre régional d’art contemporain Occitaine Pyrénées-Méditerranée (Sète, FR 2018); 'Cécile B. Evans, Celia Hempton & Emily Whitebread', her gallery (London, UK
 2018); 'Kathy Acker: Who Wants to Be Human All the Time', cur. Jenny Schlenzka and Bjarne Melgaard, Performance Space 122 (New York, USA 2018); 'Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today', ICA, Boston, cur. Eva Respini (Boston, USA 2018); 'Gettin’ The Heart Ready', The Royal Standard (Liverpool, UK 2016); 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Look at Men', Cheim & Read (New York, US 2016); 'Electronic Superhighway 2016 – 1966 cur. Omar Kholeif, Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK 2016); 'Forget Amnesia' cur. Milovan Farronato and Haroon Mirza, Fiorucci Trust (Stromboli, IT 2014); and 'Abstract Cabinet', David Roberts Art Foundation (London, UK 2013).

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Group Show. Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roche. Issoudun, France.
12 Feb 2022 — 12 Feb 2022

Solo Show. Southard Reid. London, UK.
1 Sep 2020 — 1 Sep 2020


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