number 43 oxford street
station gallery and the garden room


25th June to 18th July 2021

Darl-e and the Bear are proud to present our upcoming exhibition of 7 artists

please join us for a glass of champagne at our
Private View - Open Evening on 24th June 5 to 9pm - all welcome

Benjamin Deakin . Jillian Knipe . Justine Formentelli . Liz Elton
Kate Kotcheff . Melanie Miller . Robyn Litchfield

Benjamin Deakin

Solo Exhibitions: Reimagining Nowhere: The William Morris Society, London (2020); Seeking News From Nowhere: The Concept Space, London (2018)

Recent group exhibitions include: Waving in the Distance, Terrace Gallery, London (2020); Detritus: Wells Projects, London (2019); Betwixt & Between: Arthouse1, London (2019); Re-Assemble: Collyer Bristow Gallery London (2019); Contemporary British Painting Prize, Huddersfield Art Gallery and Menier gallery, London (2018); Subsumed, St Marylebone Crypt, London; Defining Structure, The Cello Factory, London (2018); We are Building a New World, Studio 1.1, London, (2017); Making the Nature Seen, Tannery Projects, London (2016) and Screen, Turps Gallery, London (2015)

Publication: Reimagining Somewhere and Nowhere by Stephen Baycroft and Benjamin Deakin. 2019 Baycroft Publishing

Jillian Knipe
Member of AICA, International Association of Art Critics
Catalogue essays, reviews, interviews, profile articles and curation :
Curation: ‘Feeling for Murmuration’ APT Gallery London, group show of 7 artists (Helen Barff, Sandra Beccarelli, Sheila Vollmer, Alexandra Hartley, Jennifer Talbot, Anna Jung Seo, Catherine Cleary), 10-20 December 2020
Catalogue Essay: ‘Landscapein Time and Time in Landscape’, Elizabeth Hannaford, 2020
Interview: ‘Grace Woodcock: Gut-Brain’, This is Tomorrow magazine, 28 October, 2020
Catalogue Essay: ‘Intimate Conversations in Paint’, Rachael Read, 2020
Profile: ‘Jillian Knipe in Conversation with Moyra Derby’ Instantloveland, 28 June 2020
Review: ‘Light Cages: Dillwyn Smith at V.O. Curations’, Wall Street International, 5 November 2019
Review: ‘The Duration: Erika Winstone at Beaconsfield Gallery’ Wall Street International, 28 November 2019
Profile: ‘Jillian Knipe in Conversation with Daniel Sturgis’, Instantloveland, 26 October 2019
Review: ‘Contrariety: Farley Aguilar at Edel Assanti’, Wall Street International, 18 October 2019
Review: ‘Re-Assemble: Collyer Bristow Gallery’ Wall Street International, 11 May 2019
Interview: ‘Punch: Olivia Bax and Dominic Beattie at Linden Hall Studio’, Wall Street International, 25 April 2019
Review: ‘La La Land: Simon Linington at William Benington Gallery’, Wall Street International’, 5 April 2019
Interview: ‘Alice Browne in Conversation with Jillian Knipe’, This is Tomorrow, 19 February 2019
Interview: ‘Andrea V Wright and Flatland’, Instantloveland, 14 November 2018
Interview: ‘Roost and The Third Policeman: Olivia Bax at Lily Brooke Gallery’, Wall Street International, 9 October 2018
Interview: ‘Curatorial Innovation in Turbulent Times: A Discussion with ALICE BLACK Gallery on their First Birthday’, Wall Street International 5 July 2018
Review: ‘Jillian Knipe on Beyond the Surface’ Instantloveland, 9 June 2018
Review: ‘Women Can’t Paint: Turps and ASC Galleries’, Wall Street International, 5 May 2018
Profile: ‘Royal College, Snowboarding and Psychoanalysis: Kate Palmer’s influences and journeys into the unknowable’, Wall Street International, 5 April 2018
Review: ‘Beatriz Olabarrieta: The Only Way Out is In’ 19 December 2017
Review: ‘Jurgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm’, This is Tomorrow, 9 June 2017
Interview: ‘Marion Coutts: Aiming or Hitting’ This is Tomorrow, 5 April 2017
Review: ‘Jessie Makinson: Fake French’, This is Tomorrow, 28 June 2016

Justine Formentelli
MA Fine Art, Distinction, City and Guilds of London Art School
BA Fine Art, Atlanta College of Arts (now SCAD) USA
Illustration, Communication and Design

Life on Venus. The Tub in collaboration with the Auction Collective. 2020-21
Works on paper II. Blue Shop Cottage. London. 2020
Lost in isolation. Void Collective. 2020
What She Didn’t Say. Thames Side Studios Gallery. London 2020
Rarefaction. Ione and Mann. London. 2019
MA Degree Show. City and Guilds of London Art school. 2018
MA Interim show. City and Guilds of London Art school. 2017-18
Art Gemini Prize 2015 finalists exhibition. Menier gallery. London. 2015
Gateways. Plein Air Contemporary gallery. London. 2015
What is Urban? Brixton East gallery. London. 2015
152nd Annual Society of Women Artists. London. 2013
Leaf Contemporary Art. Isle of Man. 2006
New Perspectives hosted by Freeplay Foundation. Millbank tower. London. 2006
Anna Coudray-Meuwly, Justine Formentelli, Plexus Gallery. Marly. Switzerland. 2010

The Fishmonger’s Menu Cover Design. 2017 selected by the Fishmongers’s Prime Warden HRH The
Princess Royal.

Works in private collections in the UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Israel, USA, Canada,
Austria, Singapore, Russia, Romania and Australia.

Liz Elton
Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Artist-in-Residence Award 2021 (Daugavpils, Latvia). Selected by Paul
Huxley, Tim Marlow, Rebecca Salter and Laura Culpan
Unilever Contemporary Art Commission, 2020 (postponed)
Liz Elton at Arts Centre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, postponed to 2022
'Yellow Archangel' 2, General Practice, Lincoln, May-June 2021
Sustainability First, Bermondsey, June-July 2021
'The Waiting Place', The Art Station, Saxmundham, Suffolk, April-June 2021
John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Feb-June 2021, selected by
Michelle Williams Gamaker, Jennifer Higgie, Gu Wenda, Hurvin Anderson, Alison Goldfrapp
'Flowers of Romance, III', White Conduit Projects, London, December 2020 - February 2021
'St Saviour's Winter Show, A Year in Lockdown', Florence Trust, Highbury, December 2020
'Home(work)', curated by Peter P. Hopkins & Courtney King, (pop up), 113 East 29th St, New York,
November-December 2020
'Little Voices', curated by Amy Jackson, Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, October 2020
'On Paper', Dekka Arts, Margate, Winter 2020
'Beep Painting Prize Exhibition', Elysium Gallery, Swansea, October 2020
'Yellow Archangel', curated by Paul Bramley, Oceans Apart, Salford, September - October 2020
Studio visit by DATEAGLE ART. Text and photography by Anna Souter
'Sustainability First' Art Prize (images shown on line and in an e book at
Awarded second prize
'Biosphere Consciousness', on @ConsciousIsolation site, virtual group show curated by Samuel
Zealey and Susie Olczak - May 2020
'Till', Stone Space, London, December 2019 - January 2020
Offshoot Winter Salon, curated by Nick Scammell, Offshoot Art Space, November - December 2019
'Yield', Liz Elton and Eliza Bennett, curated by Julie Bentley, 163 Gallery, London, September-October
'100 Harvests' at Groundswell Agriculture Festival, (Artist-in-Residence) June 2019
Video 'Hebrides' included in 'Alive in the Universe', Venice, May-June 2019
One of One, 163 Gallery, London, May 2019
Short listed for Dentons Art Prize (work on display at Dentons, London, January-June 2019) and
awarded Special Commendation by judges Mark Titchner, Elizabeth Neilson and Patrick Morey-
The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, July-November 2018
Florence Trust Summer Show, June-July 2018
Florence Trust, Artist in Residence 2018, St Saviour’s, Highbury, London
The Performativity of Painting, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, January 2018
Control to Collapse, Blyth Gallery, London, November 2017-January 2018
PIYPaintLounge at Sluice Biennial 2017, Hackney, London October 2017
Zero Gravity, mc3 project space, Sussex, July 2017
No Format Gallery Fundraiser, Anthology, Deptford Foundry, April 2017
51%RememberHer, curated by Rebecca Feiner, The Tower Gallery, London, March-April 2017
No Format Gallery Painting Show, Anthology, Deptford Foundry, December 2016
Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, July-August 2016
Pool, Griffin Gallery, London, April-June 2016
Sixty, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, May 2016
Bothy Project residency, Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg, supported by Winsor and Newton
Hundreds and Thousands, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, September 2015
En Plein Air, Mecklenburgh Gardens, London, September 2015
Angus-Hughes Gallery Open, London, August 2015
Art Athina, A5 exhibit, Lubomirov-Easton, Athens, May 2015
Lubomirov-Easton Editions, Deptford, March 2015
Gate Cinema, Notting Hill, ‘Atmosphere’ images shown in conjunction with screening of ‘Mr. Turner’
and discussion by Winsor & Newton / Griffin Gallery, November 2014
Continuum of Ceaseless Change (CCC), A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford, September 2014
Off the Wall, Terrace Gallery, Haggerston, Curated by Karl Bielek, August 2014
Art Athina, A5 exhibit, Lubomirov-Easton, Athens, May 2014
PaintUnion postcards event at Passport to Pimlico, Churchill Estate, Pimlico, May 2014
Chelsea Collective at Passport to Pimlico, Show-in-a-Van, Churchill Estate, Pimlico, May 2014
Into the Fold, Camberwell Space, Peckham, March 2014
Slice, (co-curated with Rebecca Byrne) Hanmi Gallery, Fitzrovia, December 2013
Exchange Project (Part 2), Curated by Claire Undy, A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford, August-September 2013
Now You See It, Now You Don't, Terrace gallery, Haggerston, Curated by Karl Bielik, August 2013
‘Open Work’, Queens Park, London, June 2013
SHIFT, (co-curated with Rebecca Byrne), Hanmi Gallery, Fitzrovia, March 2013
John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, September 2012-January
2013, in conjunction with the 2012 Liverpool Biennial
The Chelsea Collective, Dianich Gallery, Vermont, USA, December 2012
Group show, Elevator Gallery as part of Hackney WickED 2012, Mother Studios, September 2012
MA Fine Art Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design, September 2012
The Chelsea Collective, Anteros Art Foundation, Norwich, July 2012
Painting in Conversation, The Bussey Building, Peckham, July 2012

Talks, Publications:
'Art Fictions' podcast with Jillian Knipe, 2021
Studio visit by DATEAGLE ART. Text and photography by Anna Souter
'Fragments of a Whole Unknown', Jillian Knipe, 2019
Interview with Hector Campbell in conjunction with 'Yield' at 163 Gallery
Dentons Art Prize 7 Catalogue, 2019
John Moores Painting Prize 2018, Catalogue, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
‘Practice, Residencies and Collaborations’, Presentation and Discussion (invited by CWND
residency), Canary Wharf, 2018
‘The Performativity of Painting’, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 2018: Artists’ Talk with curator Alex
‘PIY PaintLounge: A marathon discussion of painting at Sluice Biennial 2017 (joint curator with
Rebecca Byrne, Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur). Landscape discussion with Tamsin Relly and
Dominic Shepherd
‘Pool’ 2016, Griffin Gallery: Curators’ Talk, and broadcast of discussion of show on ‘London Live’ TV
‘PaintUnion’ (established by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton) - a series of talks on contemporary painting
by contemporary painters at Griffin Gallery, West London. Speakers include Susan Sluglett, George
Little, Jemima Brown, Juliette Losq, Cornelia Baltes, Sean Penlington, Alice Browne, Selma Parlour,
Sarah Kate Wilson, Kate Hawkins, Marcelle Joseph, Eliza Gluckman. Further information:
An Exchange of Ideas at A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford; A conversation with artists Poppy Whatmore, Zoe
Schoenherr, Kate Liston & Dan Wilde, Liz Elton, Bill Leslie and Sarah Kate Wilson, 5th October 2013
Materials and Materiality in Contemporary Art Practice - Neal Tait, Lucy Whitford, Liz Elton, Rebecca
Byrne and Will Lawlor in discussion with Griffin Gallery Director Rebecca Pelly-Fry at Griffin Gallery,
London, 14th August 2013
John Moores Painting Prize 2012, Catalogue, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL, 2012
BA Fine Art: Painting (1st class), Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, 2009

Melanie Miller
Maidstone College of Art B.A hons Fine Art.
2002 Wimbledon School of Art M.A in Painting.
Solo Exhibitions:
2020 ’Finite Things’ solo exhibiton Long and Ryle . London
2020 Solace ‘Solace 2020’ an online exhibition of lockdown paintings. Long and Ryle London
2018-2019 “The Form Of Things Unknown” Le Salon Vert Geneva Switzerland
2014 “Natural History” Long and Ryle.London February
2011 “Close: Still” Millenium St Ives June
2010 ”Moth Boy and Bees” Long and Ryle. London September
2009 “Small Truths” Millennium St Ives October
Forgotten Landscapes . Long and Ryle
2008 “Particular” Hilton Young Penzance
Gallery Artists Vertigo Gallery . London
Inanimate . Chapel Gallery Penzance
Exhibitions curated:
2018 “Seen Unseen” an exhibition with five painters and a poet. Alice Oswald , Juliette Losq, Sue
Williams A’court, Anna Gardiner, Louise McClary, Melanie Miller
Long and Ryle London June to September 2018
Selected recent exhibitions include:
2021 ‘Model:Maquette’ Cello Factory London
2020 ‘The Seventh View” C24 gallery New York
Wells Art Contemporary. Wells Cathedral Somerset.
2002-13 2015-19 Royal Academy Summer exhibition
2002-2016 2017, 2019 ‘The Discerning Eye’ Mall galleries, London
2009-13 2015-17 “Columbia Threadneedle Prize” (Shortlisted 2009)
Forthcoming Exhibitions :
‘Landscape unstilled life’ Woodstock Oxford
Art Fairs
Art Miami
London Art Fair
International Print Fair
20/21 art Fair
2019 KIRA: Kingsbrae International residency for the Arts Canada

Robyn Litchfield
Robyn Litchfield was born in New Zealand and currently lives in North London.

2015-2017 City and Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art (Distinction)

2008-2012 The School of Art, Architecture and Design,
London Metropolitan University, BA Fine Art

2006-2008 City Literary Institute, London, Fine Art Course

1977-1980 Massey University Wellington, New Zealand, Fashion Design

Prizes, Awards and Submissions
2020 The John Moores Painting Prize (longlisted)

2020 The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, coordinated by Jane and Louise Wilson and
selected by David Remfry

2020 Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020, awarded the Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape category prize, selected by Adebanji Alade, Iain Nicholls (Artist & winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2019), Katherine Tyrell (Artist, Teacher & Writer), Elizabeth Dellert (Affordable Art Fair UK Fair Director), Terry Greene (Artist & Author) and Rosalind Davis (Artist, Curator, Teacher & Writer).

2019 Collyer Bristow Exceptional Award, selected by Jordan Kaplan (CAS), Kristian Day, (Independent gallerist and curator of Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City) and Rosalind Davis (artist and Curator of the Collyer Bristow Gallery).

2019 Contemporary British Painting Prize, longlisted, selected by Lisa Denyer, Geraint Evans, Joe Packer and Judith Tucker.

2019 The Bow Open Show, Nunnery Gallery, selected by Carey Young

2019 Signature Art Prize exhibition (Finalist)- selected by Award winning Artist Lee Madgwick; London Area Director of the Arts Council England, Joyce Wilson; Co-Founders of Powerstip Studios, Dayna Lee and Ted Berner; Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Making, Zoe Laughlin; Associate Director of Early European Sculpture & Works of Art at Christie’s, Milo Dickinson and Business Development Director at Jones and Jones, Kate Jones

2018 Collyer Bristow Exceptional Award (highly commended and the Staff Prize)- selected by Robert Priseman, (Priseman Seabrook Collection), Anna Bromwich (Curator and Consultant, The Mall Galleries), Martin Caiger-Smith (Head of MA in curating at the Courtauld Gallery), Rosalind Davis (Collyer Bristow Permanent Curator, artist and writer) and Steven Heffer (Head of the Gallery Committee and artist)

2018, M.A. & Other Postgraduates Contemporary Art Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery- Nominated by Robin Mason, Head of MA at City and Guilds of London Art School.

2017 Clifford Chance's annual Postgraduate Printmaking in London 2017- selected by Frankie Rossie (Marlborough Gallery) and Nigel Frank and Jane Hindley (Frank/ Hindley Art Consultants)

2017 Affordable Art Fair Graduate Show- selected by Cassie Beadle, Director of Cob Gallery.

2014 Mark Wallinger Presents: Best of Bow Arts 2014- selected by Mark Wallinger and Sarah Elson (Contemporary Arts Society)

2012 The Other Exhibition, Yu Gallery- selected by Tiff Oben

2021 Landscape's Stilled Life, Darl-e and the Bear, Woodstock, Jun-July 2021
2020 On the Strangest Sea, The Violet Hour, online at, November-December
2020 Women’s Lockdown Art, Zabludowicz Collection, online at,
2020 The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London, October - January
2020 Nunnery Gallery at The London Art Fair, 21-26 January

2019 Winter Exhibition, Darle and the Bear, Woodstock, December -January 2020
2019 Art for Christmas, MKW Fine Art, London December
2019 Collyer Bristow Exceptional Award, Collyer Bristow Gallery, October 2019 -February 2020
2019 Salon 11, The Old Lockup Gallery, Cromford, October
2019, The Bow Open 2019, The Nunnery Gallery, September - December
2019 The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, June-October
2019 British Painting II, Bermondsey Project Space, May- June
2019 Oxfordshire Art Week Festival, Darl-e and the Bear, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, May
2019 Signature Art Prize exhibition (Finalist), Trinity Art Gallery, London, February-March
2019 Signature Art Prize Gala (Finalist), Bankside Hotel, London, January

2018 Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Gallery Award, London (highly commended), June-Sept
2018, M.A. & Other Postgraduates Contemporary Art Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, February

2017 Clifford Chance's annual Postgraduate Printmaking in London 2017 exhibition, November
2017 Affordable Art Fair Graduate Show, Battersea, October
2017 Multi-story, Wilkes St Weaver, Canonbury, London, October
2017 City and Guilds of London MA Show, Kennington St, London, September
2017, Future Histories, Project Space Wapping, London, May

2016, City and Guilds of London MA (Interim) Show, Kennington St, London, September
2016 Elles in Rogue: XX Protagonists, Artworks Elephant. London, March

2015 The Windows are Illuminated, Embassy Tea Gallery, Union St, London SE1, May

2014, We Shall Not Cease from Exploration..., CoffeeWorks Project, Islington, London, October
2014 Mark Wallinger Presents: Best of Bow Arts 2014, Bermondsey Project, London SE1, September
2014 House on Fire, Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London SE1, May
2014, Oh The Places You'll Go, The People You'll Meet, Resource For London, Holloway Road, January

2013, Off The Ground, Resource for London, Holloway Road, London, December
2013 Libero, One Paget Street, London EC1V 7PA, May

2012 The Other Exhibition, Yu Gallery, Treforest, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, September
2012 Cass Degree Show, London Metropolitan University, London, June
2012 Avant Premier, Arbeit Gallery, London, May
2012 Work In Progress-The Aldgate Project, London Metropolitan University, London, February

2011 Choice, Unit 2 Gallery, London, May

2010 Exhibitionism, Tru Trading Gallery, Commercial Road, London, September

Exceptional : Collyer Bristow Award 2019 -

Exceptional : Collyer Bristow Award 2018 - Clifford Chance Postgraduate Printmaking in London 2017: A Survey Exhibition -

Mark Wallinger Selects, Bow Arts 2014
Robyn Litchfield- Leap of Faith, 2012

Kate Kotcheff

Born and raised in London, Kate Kotcheff holds an MA in Ethnographic Documentary Film from UCL and a BA in Fine Art (Photography) from the Cass Faculty of Art, Media, and Design.
She has exhibited in art shows in the UK and EU.
Of note, Kotcheff was invited to participate in the art practice group ‘Post Autonomy’ at the Venice Biennale 2013, part of ‘Personal Structures: Culture. Mind. Becoming’. She shot a video about the project that was shown at the Caspian Sea Biennial convention in Baku later that year. In 2014, Kotcheff was appointed as artist in residence in Schwedt, Germany, as part of the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. Since then her interest has grown from artists moving image into documentary film, particularly focusing on landscape and environmental issues.