Below is the work of 12 abstract painters who showed in the recent BA degree shows at Wimbledon (Freya Guest, Syeda Begum, Eve Campbell, Thomas Rapsey), Central Saint Martin’s (Jemma Lucas, Adrian Kiss, James Halliwell), Chelsea (Adia Wahid), and Camberwell (Sam Pullen, Jake Eaton, Olivia Carlsson Lloyd, Vanessa Bradley).
As well as being London-centric, the selection is obviously partial and minimizes the chaos and confusion which are part and parcel of degree shows. It also avoids much work which felt to me insufficiently abstract for inclusion here – a move which is certainly problematic. Perhaps one of the consistent tasks that falls to each generation of abstract painters is to renegotiate where the line sits which divides the abstract from the representational, the figurative from the non-figurative; to judge this so summarily from the outside is always likely to miss the new set of answers. However the selection is what it is and abstract critical is currently putting together a questionnaire to send out to the painters shown here which should provide some further insight.