About the artist


Highly acclaimed collaborative artists Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings are internationally renowned for their works on canvas and in mosaic. A team of two their oil paintings are about colour, light and perception. They use a mute, blank, intricate form – a series of triangles in a grid – not as an idea in itself, or as a quote from life, but as an inert container for colour. Meaning is everywhere -- it’s hard to avoid. Representation looms up in spite of Biggs' and Collings' intentions, but they aim to examine what the world looks like if you take away familiar forms with their confusing narrative resonances, and substitute a neutral, complex structure. It’s landscape painting without the landscape.   (The kind of landscape it would be, if there were one, would be urban rather than rural.) 

 

They believe that Painting today is in some kind of crisis – what is the point of an antiquated form in a world where representation is ubiquitous? Their answer comes from looking at Painting's place of origin: the history of art, and a by-product of art’s original symbolic and depictive intentions: beauty.  Hence the title of this work (as with all their recent works) comes from the Book of Genesis – whose origin myths are integral to Christian, Jewish and Islamic history, and whose tales inform early Western depiction. 

 

 

selected works

Conspired: Masterpiece
2019
The Earth is full of violence
2020
Breathed
2019
Moved
2019
Egyptians
2016
Form
2016
Paradise
2015
Land of the Living
2014
History of Industry
2014
Container of the Uncontainable
2014
807 Years
2013
Human Use
2014
Inhabitants of the Cities
2011

past exhibitions

19 September 2019 – 20 January 2020

Biggs & Collings

The Teraphim in the Camel's Furniture: Six Icons of Light

24 March – 4 May 2016

They Shall Be Male And Female

Vigo Gallery
22 January – 19 February 2014

Biggs & Collings

Living Creature

Vigo Gallery
23 March – 12 May 2013

Biggs & Collings

Suspicious Utopias

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
29 June – 23 September 2012

Matthew BurrowsBiggs & CollingsHeywood & CondieHassan HajjajMarcus HarveyHenry KrokatsisOliver MarsdenJonathan BaldockDan CoombsKeith CoventryHoward DykeNeal GallTom GallantSteve GoddardPaul HousleyPhillip LaiPenny LambHew LockeJason MartinRyan MosleyZak OvéMichael SamuelsChris SuccoDolly ThompsettGavin TurkDouglas White

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
23 May – 15 June 2012

Grid

Gallery artists

Vigo Gallery
13 January – 10 February 2012

Biggs & Collings

The Whole Earth

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

Biggs & Collings

Critical Mass
Sunday Times Culture Magazine
 

Biggs & Collings

Seeing A Message in the Medium
State magazine
 
May 2017

Biggs & Collings

Prismatic New Paintings by Husband and Wife Duo Biggs and Collings
 
They Shall Be Male And Female
24 March – 4 May 2016

Biggs & Collings

Biggs and Collings: Suspicious Utopias, An Interview
 
Suspicious Utopias
23 March – 12 May 2013

Biggs & Collings

prize winners in John Moores Prize

 

Conspired: Masterpiece

2019Oil on Canvas 127  x 127 cm cm / 50 x 50 in

The Earth is full of violence

2020Oil on canvas130 x 130 cm / 51 1/8 x 51 1/8 in

Breathed

2019Oil on Canvas130 x 130 cm / 51 1/8 x 51 1/8 in

Moved

2019Oil on Canvas130 x 130 cm / 51 1/8 x 51 1/8 in

Egyptians

2016Oil on Canvas127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Form

2016Oil on Canvas127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Paradise

2015Oil on Canvas127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Land of the Living

2014Oil on canvas 203.2 x 304.8 cm  x  cm / 80 x  in

History of Industry

2014Oil on Canvas114.3 x 203.2 cm / 45 x 80 in

Container of the Uncontainable

2014 Oil on Canvas203.2 x 406.4 cm  x  cm / 80 x  in

807 Years

2013Oil on canvas152.4 x 152.4 cm / 60 x 60 in
Exhibition: 2013 Suspicious Utopias - Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery Fort Worth, USA

Human Use

2014Oil on canvas 203.2 x 203.2 cm x  cm / 80 x  in

Inhabitants of the Cities

2011Oil on canvas80 x 80 in / 203 x 203 cm