Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions

Too Cute! Sweet is About to get Sinister – Major group exhibition curated from the Arts Council Collection by Rachel Maclean.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 26th January 2018 – 12th May 2019

A Stone in the Mountain – Grant Foster & Georgia Hayes

Transition-2, 110a Lauriston Rd, London

Preview: Friday 30 November 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
Show continues: 1-23 December 2018

Opening hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6pm


‘What is the stone in the mountain?’ asks Grant Foster. 
‘I think it could be a rock, a pebble, a lump of crumbly shit, or like every other one, or beautiful, unique or just odd’, answers Georgia Hayes.

Grant Foster and Georgia Hayes are both figurative painters whose work eschews trickery, subverts straightforward representation and instead deals with directness, essence and instinct. Painting for both Foster and Hayes is a verb – to do.

The idea for the show was arrived at during conversations between the artists in Hayes’ East Sussex studio, which continued in an exchange of emails: 
‘What happens when dumb?is actually highly sophisticated and deeply woven into the schematic complexities of Giotto, Sassetta and Piero della Francesca?’ asks Foster. ‘Where flatness is directness – and an active affirmation against trickery, where the bend of a leaf in an eternal garden, doubles up as a schematic on an ordnance survey map?’   
‘Flatness in paintings happens when passion and belief is absent,’ counters Hayes. ‘Form and depth can be captured in the paint without using mathematical mapping and perspectival and graphic illusion. It is what makes a painting powerful, alive, but it is elusive and hard to describe in words. This thing is embodied in the paint’ 
As for the stone in the mountain of the title, Hayes explains: ‘A stone in the mountain was something Roy (Oxlade) once said to me when I was getting over the worry of trying to join so many accomplished artists and thinking what was the point of one more hoping to be something (my parents used to try to discourage me from painting by citing Picasso and saying that all that needs to be done, has been). In these days of celebrity and “me, me, me” it may be a novel thought to be one of the community of artists that make that mountain for everyone.’

Items for sale at Transition-2


We are pleased to be able to offer Dancing to Cajun, a limited edition print by Georgia Hayes, at the specially reduced price of £100 for the duration of A Stone in the Mountain

We also have a limited number of Georgia Hayes’ Sing Out Loud catalogues available.

Grant Foster contributed to the most recent (Difficult) Women editon of Garageland magazine where he wrote the ‘Insight’ article about the painting Youth Serum.

follow the links for more information and an opportunity to purchase the items online.


Solo Exhibitions

Jam Rock

21 Oct-19 Nov 2016

Paul Stolper Gallery
31 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

Catalogue for sale £10 at Paul Stolper Gallery: Download PDF ->

  • 2016:    ‘Jam Rock’ Paul Stolper Gallery, London
  • 2014:    ‘Spellbound’ Sardac, Lectoure, France
  • 2013:    ‘Sing Out Loud’, Transition, London
  • 2008:    HQ Gallery, Lewes, E Sussex
  • 2006:    Galeria National, Costa Rica
  • 2003:    Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, USA
  • 2003:    Café Gallery Projects, Southwark Park, London
  • 2002:    S. Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery, USA; Aberdeen Art Gallery (café)
  • 1999:    Maidstone Library Gallery
  • 1998:    Sevenoaks Library Gallery
  • 1997:    Harriet Green Gallery, London
  • 1995:    Riviera Gallery, Hastings
  • 1988:    Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017: “Figure it Out” at Tannery Projects, London, Friday 29th Sept – 20th Oct, 2017 (private view: afternoon, Sat 30th) looking at preparatory work that goes into making artwork.
  • 2017: “Between Things” Otter Gallery, Chichester University, 19 Oct – 3rd Dec, 2017.
  • Touring Exhibition: 2015-17
  • ‘One Day Something Happens’ curated by Jennifer Higgie from the Arts Council Collection: Leeds Art Gallery; Nottingham Castle 2015;  Highlanes Gallery, Eire 2015-16; The Atkinson, Southport 2016; The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne Oct 2016-2017.
  • 2016:    Discerning Eye, London
  • 2015:    ‘Aioli’ Outpost, Norwich
  • 2014:    Three Person Show, Paul Stolper Gallery, London; Threadneedle Prize (curated space by invitation)
  • 2013:    Royal Academy, London; Sardac ‘Work on Paper’, Lectoure, France
  • 2012:    Discerning Eye, London
  • 2011:    ‘Wild Thing’, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; ‘Face To Face’ Galerie d’Ys’ Brussels
  • 2010:    ‘Text-o-&-figura’, (travelling International drawing show); RA Summer exhibtion, London
  • 2009:    ‘Bad Animals’, Transition, London; Turner Contemporary Open, Margate
  • 2008:    John Moores 25, Liverpool; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2007:    3 person, HQ Lewes, E Sussex; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2006:    2 person HQ, Lewes, E Sussex; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2005:    RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2004:    Monoprints, National Gallery of Costa Rica; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2003:    25 years SFMOMA Artists, USA; SanJose ICA, Art Auction, USA; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2002:    ‘3×2’, The Nunnery, London; International Drawing, National Gallery of Costa Rica; ‘As It Seems’, Drawing, Cheltenham Art Gallery/Museum; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2001:    Art First, London; Vital Arts, Royal London Hospital; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 2000:    RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1999:     Xtreme Art, Hitchin; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1998:    ‘Means and Ends’, Open Drawing, Brighton; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1997:    Cheltenham Open Drawing (touring)
  • 1996:    ‘Journeys/Memories’, Brighton Museum; CheltenhamOpenDrawing; Inspirit, Maidstone Museum; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1995:     ‘Inspirit’, Maidstone
  • 1994:    ‘SpaceFrameOpen’, Gillingham; FlowersEast, London; Harlech 94 International; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1993:     John Moores 18, Liverpool; Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno
  • 1992:     East/South Open Norwich
  • 1991:    ‘David Bomberg and After’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
  • 1990:     Oxford County Museum; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1987:     Scottish drawing competition, Glasgow; RA Summer Exhibition, London
  • 1985:     Folkestone Metropole Open
  • 1984:    Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells (Drawings, 2 person)

Public Collections

The Arts Council Collection; National Gallery Costa Rica; Contemporary Art Museum, Costa Rica;  New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge


British Council Travel Award (2006);

Shortlisted for the Charles Wollaston Prize (2006, 2003 & 2000);

British Council Award (2003);

Arts Council Major Personal Development Award (2003);

South East Arts Personal Development Award (2002)

Selected Publications and Reviews

Martin Herbert essay “Caution Horses” – Jam Rock (2016); Cathy Lomax essay “To Paint is to Be” – Sing Out Loud (2013); Barry Schwabsky essay, “Georgia Hayes’s Art” — Sing Out Loud (2013); “Drawing and Painting People (A Fresh Approach)”, Emily Ball (2009); “Fun with Animals” – essay by Martin Maloney (2008); ‘Open Season’, Barry Schwabsky, Art in America (2/10/03); ‘Deceptively Simple’, Jack Fischer, The Mercury News, USA (29/9/03); ‘Essential Art Events’, Hannah Shuckburgh, ArtReview (6/03); ‘A Right Carrion’, Laura Gascoigne Interview, What’s On in London (4/6/03); ‘What Is Any Thing?’, Pynto Publication, essay by Rebecca de Saintonge (2003); ‘What Is Any Thing?’, Café Gallery Projects, essay by Monroe Hodder (2003); Royal Academy Illustrated (98,00,01,02,03); Georgia Hayes Paintings 1999-2001, essay by Sacha Craddock, SFMoMA Artists’ Gallery(2002); Howard Jacobson, Channel 4 TV ‘Not the Turner Prize’ (29/11/00); The Times (25/5/00); ‘Best of the lot? Two Mangled Mallards’, Adrian Searle, The Guardian (23/5/00); The Guardian Guide ‘See This’ (18/12/99); ‘Chancing an Arm’, Maidstone Library Gallery, essay by Caroline Collier (1997); ‘Georgia Hayes’, Harriet Green Gallery (1997); The Art Directions Book (1997);