Artist Interviews: Shani Rhys James on Charleston and the Bloomsbury group

The artist Shani Rhys James discusses how Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry’s use of abstraction, colour and form influenced the modern art movement in Britain and reveals what it means to exhibit her work at Charleston.

“…there was no sort of separation […] between the decoration of the house and the paintings.”

– Shani Rhys James, on Charleston


Shani Rhys James: tea on the sofa, blood on the carpet (1 February – 19 April 2020) is a major exhibition of the artist’s latest body of work in which she explores the transience of being; contrasting her early iconic painting of a child’s cot with startling images of the female figure ravaged by decay.