Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here
14 April - 11 May 2019
Installation View
Carla Busuttil
Croc Drive, 2019
MIxed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
Elephant Riders, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Gaucho Hippo, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
Lion Lord, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Nightwatchman, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Hyena Schooled, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
No. 1 Paradise Man, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Imperially Grounded, 2019
Mixed media on paper

Carla Busuttil
Patron Saint of Lost Things, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
Personal Shopper, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Prince + Prey, 2019
Mixed Media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Scavenger, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
Buckaroo Zebra, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Crocodile Trapper, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm
Carla Busuttil
Avoid the News, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 120 x 100 cm
Carla Busuttil
A Progressive Alliance, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 23 x 33 cm
Carla Busuttil
Almost Saturday , 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 33 x 22 cm
Carla Busuttil
Castle Rock, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 56 x 46 cm
Carla Busuttil
Country On The Click, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 90 x 100 cm
Carla Busuttil
Fine Fettle, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 50 x 50 cm
Carla Busuttil
Ghost of my Life, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 23 x 33 cm
Carla Busuttil
Krone, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 40 x 30 cm
Carla Busuttil
No 1 Co., 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 70 x 100 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise No 3 (Crocodile), 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 130 x 200 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise No.6 (Hyena), 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 180 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise No. 1 (Rhino), 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 180 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise No. 8 (The Sheltered Life), 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 50 x 60 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise No.5 (Three Leopards), 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 120 x 150 cm
Carla Busuttil
Paradise Politics, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 30 x 40 cm
Carla Busuttil
Personal Shopper No. 1, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 120 x 80 cm
Carla Busuttil
Protection from the Sun, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 110 x 90 cm
Carla Busuttil
We are the Vision , 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 46 x 56 cm
Carla Busuttil
Who will Speak for England, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 50 x 60 cm
Carla Busuttil
The North will Rise Again, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 33 x 23 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Gold Rush People, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 200 x 300 cm
Carla Busuttil
School Fees for the Bourgeoisie, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 100 x 70 cm
Carla Busuttil
Rhino Tour, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 29 x 42 cm
Carla Busuttil
Cat Commerce, 2019
Mixed media on paper
Work: 42 x 29 cm

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil / Gentlemen, I Just Don't Belong Here - Installation View

14 April - 11 May 2019

Carla Busuttil

Croc Drive

Carla Busuttil

Elephant Riders

Carla Busuttil

Gaucho Hippo

Carla Busuttil

Lion Lord

Carla Busuttil

Nightwatchman

Carla Busuttil

Hyena Schooled

Carla Busuttil

No. 1 Paradise Man

Carla Busuttil

Imperially Grounded

Carla Busuttil

Patron Saint of Lost Things

Carla Busuttil

Personal Shopper

Carla Busuttil

Prince + Prey

Carla Busuttil

Scavenger

Carla Busuttil

Buckaroo Zebra

Carla Busuttil

Crocodile Trapper

Carla Busuttil

Avoid the News

Carla Busuttil

A Progressive Alliance

Carla Busuttil

Almost Saturday

Carla Busuttil

Castle Rock

Carla Busuttil

Country On The Click

Carla Busuttil

Fine Fettle

Carla Busuttil

Ghost of my Life

Carla Busuttil

Krone

Carla Busuttil

No 1 Co.

Carla Busuttil

Paradise No 3 (Crocodile)

Carla Busuttil

Paradise No.6 (Hyena)

Carla Busuttil

Paradise No. 1 (Rhino)

Carla Busuttil

Paradise No. 8 (The Sheltered Life)

Carla Busuttil

Paradise No.5 (Three Leopards)

Carla Busuttil

Paradise Politics

Carla Busuttil

Personal Shopper No. 1

Carla Busuttil

Protection from the Sun

Carla Busuttil

We are the Vision

Carla Busuttil

Who will Speak for England

Carla Busuttil

The North will Rise Again

Carla Busuttil

The Gold Rush People

Carla Busuttil

School Fees for the Bourgeoisie

Carla Busuttil

Rhino Tour

Carla Busuttil

Cat Commerce

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
16 March – 8 May 2019

For her fourth exhibition with Goodman gallery Carla Busuttil presents a series of expressive drawings and densely layered oil paintings which expand on her long-term interest in depicting people in power and were created during the three-year lead up to Brexit.

The exhibition opens during the month that the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union and coincides with International Women’s Month which takes #BalanceforBetter as its 2019 slogan.

For the Johannesburg-born, Birmingham-based artist: ‘It is a thrill to exhibit in Cape Town, an increasingly global destination for arts and culture, and to be engaging with home audiences again for whom conversations around nationhood, toxic masculinities and balancing the scales of power have been ongoing for decades.’

The exhibition’s title pays homage to award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin who, in 1987, declined to write the blurb for an anthology of all-male science fiction writing, likening the book to an ‘exclusively male […] club, or a locker room’. Le Guin ends her letter with the droll lament: ‘Gentlemen, I just don’t belong here’, echoing, for Busuttil, a persisting sentiment shared by many women working in today’s art world.

Busuttil’s lurid, figurative paintings are imbued with the social tensions of a divided Britain and suggest an uneasy relationship to ‘otherness’. The figure of the private school boy – at times reminiscent of well-known political and royal personalities such as Boris Johnson and Prince Harry
– emerges as a primary subject. These young men, regaled in cricket, football and rugby uniforms, become symbolic for institutionalised power as well as colonial ambitions to spread ‘civility’ in order to tame ‘the wild’. Their green-hued bodies morph into sites for the merging of cultures whereupon cricket pads are appropriated to become African masks.

Drawing on Victorian attempts to domesticate wild animals, as depicted in postcards from the nineteenth century, Busuttil mirrors these curious interactions: young men are shown hugging giraffes and riding on the backs of lions, rhinoceros and crocodiles. In one image, a young man appears poised with his tongue gripped between the sharp incisors of a hyena – or is it the hyena’s tongue that is being pulled by the man?

The artist’s upbringing in late apartheid South Africa is a profound shaper of her practice, sparking fascination with segregated settings as well as sites of exclusion and privilege, which she explores in the forms of gated communities, private schools, and tax havens.

Busuttil’s approach to figurative painting is particularly inspired by South African artists, namely Robert Hodgins for his unique approach to satirical portraiture and Penny Siopis for her experimental use of colour and energetic approach to the medium of paint.

Carla Busuttil

Carla Busuttil has created and collaborated on works in multiple mediums, though her practice has a core focus on the materiality and medium of painting. Busuttil’s work negotiates historical figures, the shadows and spectres of colonialism and wealth inequality. She is particularly interested in notions of private versus public space, mapping and illustrating these often competing worlds – having recently developed a collaborative project on the topic of private security and the corporate entities that operate in that industry. While she is based in the UK, much of her work is influenced by the context of growing up in late apartheid South Africa. Often the subject matter she chooses to explore is a reflection on contemporary versions of segregated settings as well as sites of exclusion and privilege – gated communities, private schools, tax havens – and their impact on society and the various groups occupying these settings.

Busuttil (b.1982, Johannesburg, South Africa) completed the Postgraduate Programme at Royal Academy Schools, London, following on from a BA (Hons.) in Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her work has featured in group shows, including: Newspeak: British Art Now, at the Saatchi Gallery, London and AGSA, Adelaide, and in the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize, Jerwood Space, London and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. She has held numerous solo shows including Josh Lilley Gallery, London and Space K, Seoul as well as Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town. Busuttil features in recent publications 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Painting Now, and Picturing People (Thames & Hudson). Last year Busuttil took part in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition in the UK as well as in a group show at the Artist Alliance Gallery in New York. She currently lives and work in Birmingham, UK