Wren on Paper

An exhibition of works on paper by Chloe Campbell and James Newton

Chloe Campbell and James Newton are two artists who have drawn inspiration from the church architecture of Christopher Wren. See their work in an exhibition by Art + Christianity, on at the Alan Baxter Gallery.

The exhibition comprises of 52 papercuts depicting churches in the City of London, built by the office of Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. Alongside photographer and printmaker James Newton, the exhibition is a celebration of Wren’s life, 300 years since his death.

Opening hours: 4 – 9pm Friday 8 Sep and Friday 15 Sep; 5 – 9pm Friday 29 Sep.

If you would like to visit outside of these times please email james@jnphotographs.co.uk & info@chloecampbellart.com


About Chloe Campbell’s work:

Solid stone churches, portrayed in paper. Christopher Wren worked with slabs of masonry, polished and hewn until they formed something spectacular. And now these steady structures have been immortalised in the lightest of materials. With Wren-like precision, Chloe Campbell has used a scalpel to craft a design from a single sheet of paper. Or 52 sheets, to be exact. Why? Because her dream is to see Wren’s 52 post-fire-spires as they once were. Uncluttered by skyscrapers. Stretching into the air, without fighting for space.

52 is a considerable number. There is a church for every week in a year, and every card in a deck. And so on the 300th anniversary of Wren’s death, Chloe is publishing a different papercut each week.

Enjoy the craftsmanship; uncover the churches as they could be, and see Wren’s intricate details faithfully represented, in a fresh way.

About James Newton’s work:

Does architecture have a memory? What would buildings remember? 300 years after the death of Sir Christopher Wren many of his church remain in the City of London. Once the high points on the horizon, the towers and steeples are now submerged among the surrounding skyscrapers; it is at street level in close up that we encounter these buildings.

The photographs in the exhibition focus on the textures and patinations imprinted on the exterior stone walls over the passage of years; the viewpoints are from eye level; we are face to face with them in the present. But they are evocative of the past, providing a feeling of history rather than a factual retelling of dates, names and places.

6th September 2023 - 4th October 2023

16:00 - 21:00

The Alan Baxter Gallery
77 Cowcross St London EC1M 6EJ



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