'Nought Lovely but the Sky and Stars', Kit Poulson

Painting showing a round object with four legs that has fallen on its side in a dark and desolate landscape

Oil, acrylic and tempera on board, 25 x 20 cm, 2007

Artist's statement

When I was a kid I remember finding a UFO lying on the ground in my neighbour's driveway. Well, when I got real close it turned out to be just some piece of automotive trash. But for a moment I supposed...and I still get that feeling sometimes, reeling under the sweep of the Milky Way. It is a tidal thing, a brief, slight
creation that exists only in an uneasy balance of opposing energies. A painting's surface might be thought of in the same way, a site balanced between entropy and some impossible static vitality. Sputnik: earthbound, or crashed into some other Black Crystal world?


Kit Poulson was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk in 1967. He studied at Edinburgh University (history) 1986-90 and Middlesex University (fine art) 1996-99. Though rooted in painting his practice embraces site specific installation, text, sound and live work.
Exhibitions and projects include 'The Exhibitionists Festival' (with Alex Baker) ICA London 1998, 'I am Empty, I am Full' (solo show) Christchurch Mansion Ipswich 2005, 'Stick, Stamp, Fly' Gasworks London (group show) 2007 and 'Black Cube/ White Horse' (with Alex Baker) Hartnett Gallery Rochester USA 2008. He has been the 'Wheatley Fellow' artist-in-residence at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design since 2007.