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Issy Grew (b.1999, Exeter, UK) is a visual artist who currently lives and works in London, graduating from Wimbledon college of Arts in 2021.


Primarily an oil painter, her practice surrounds themes of memory, comfort, desire, childhood recollection and British culture. She begins her work by collecting and searching through family photography created in the 2000’s, ranging from her own personal family photo album to screenshots from ‘You’ve Been Framed’ a British comedy series where viewers could contribute to the programme with their humorous home movies, which aired throughout Grews’ childhood. Cropping and collaging selected photographs, her subject matter is created, she is interested in the falsification of memory, and through this process of manipulation a new idealistic, family album is created.


Her paintings, often small in size and high in saturation (mirroring 2000’s film photography) depict fleeting relationships in paused moments of time. Her paintings provide an intimate experience for the viewer, to linger in familiar moments that once existed. Although her paintings are perceived autobiographical and sentimental, awkward compositions, recurring motifs (the universal monobloc chair) and light-hearted titles (e.g., It Wasn’t Me and Big shoes, Small Heart) ensure they are balanced with sarcasm, a big part of British humour that Grew continues to explore.


BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting

Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London 2018-2021

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Exeter School of Art 2017-2018

Solo Exhibitions

Somewhere I'd Rather Be, The Take Courage Gallery, London, UK. 14th January 2023

Group Exhibitions

Down The Garden Path, Safehouse 1 Peckham, London, UK, 26-30 July 2023

Relationship With the Self,  The Take Courage Gallery, London, UK. 24th September 2022

Soft Earth, Espacio Gallery, London, UK. 2-8 May 2022

Possible Futures, Gnome House, London, UK. 1-18 July 2021

Final Notice , BA Fine Arts Degree Show at Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK. 21-26 June 2021  

The Dreamers ,The Holy Art Virtual Exhibition

The BP Portrait award 2017 exhibition hosted at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and gallery, Exeter, UK. 4th October-3rd December 2017

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