26 June 2021

Bea Bonafini, Florence Peake and Jade Montserrat in the Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room


21 May – 27 June at Drawing Room
1- 5 July at Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE
Online auction 21 June to 5 July, closing 9pm

For many, 2020 was the year for drawing and its absorbing immediacy, its accessibility and capacity for processing ideas, thoughts and emotions made it a vital tool for navigating uncertain times. Drawing Biennial 2021 showcases every imaginable technique and represents artists from a range of generations, backgrounds, and heritages. The exhibition culminates in an online auction in its final weeks, with works available to purchase from a starting bid of £300 – an unmissable chance to own works by established greats and discover emerging talent.

Drawing Biennial 2021 not only shines a light on the vibrancy and vitality of drawing today but also helps secure its future for tomorrow. Proceeds will support Drawing Room’s move to its permanent home in Bermondsey in 2022, where it can continue its exploration of the language of drawing.

Jade Montserrat, Everything That Is Said and Not Heard, Said and Unsaid, 2021, Pencil, pencil crayon, and oil pastel on paper, 29.7 x 21.1 cm


Playing with an oil stick and taking inspiration from public conversations forming part of the Future Collect project with Manchester Art Gallery and Iniva, Everything That Is Said and Not Heard, Said and Unsaid speaks to communications and their obfuscations.

Bea Bonafini, Cosmic Scorpion, 2020, Watercolour pencil and Caran D’Ache pencil on paper, 29.5 x 20.8 cm.


Twin scorpions rotate around each other in an endless cyclical movement. The scorpion’s deathly sting also attests to an endless renewal, a poison that is self-destroying and self-healing. As one of the most ancient emblems, the scorpion becomes Selket, the Egyptian goddess, She who gives us breath and has the gift of immortality, acting as the entrance to the underworld.

Florence Peake, Lockdown Lumps, 2020, Watercolour, acrylic, and gel medium on paper, 21.1 x 29.7 cm


This work is extracting lumps of emotional content from the body and layering paint and drawn responses over an initial lump.

For more information on the Drawing Biennial, visit the website here.