No-One’s A Winner

Tobias Ross-Southall brings his debut exhibition No-One’s A Winner to Margate in a new group show with life-long friend and fellow artist Hayden Kays.  

No-One’s A Winner showcases a series of paintings and photographs inspired by the impotence and futility of our struggles to affect – or even acknowledge the downfall of modern day society.

Ross-Southall captures the self-imposed ignorance of people from all walks of life who choose to turn a blind eye as mankind is hurtled towards impending doom accelerated by the shockwaves from climate change and the misdistribution of wealth and so called power. His work depicts people from all walks of life engaging in acts that encapsulate the mundane, the free and the oppressed. He uses multiple mediums including oil and spray paint with charcoal on raw un-primed and un-stretched linen, as well as photography and a hand built light-box. Ross-Southall’s work carries the message that it doesn’t matter who wins, no-ones a winner – as everything we do is insignificant when facing what appears to be an inevitable apocalypse.  No-One’s A Winner is co-exhibiting alongside Hayden Kay’s latest show Untitled No. 2, which also addresses the farcical nature of our existence by highlighting the fact, that essentially, everything is a bag of shit.

His previous works have focused on film, photography and installation, No-One’s A Winner is Ross-Southall’s first opportunity to showcase his passion for painting.

Who’s Go Is It?, 2019 Oil, charcoal and spray paint on linen, plywood and pine. 120cm x 120cm x 10cm

Fuck Me, 2019 Oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas, plywood and pine. 120cm x 120cm x 10cm

Cowboys, 2019 Oil, charcoal and spray paint on linen, plywood and pine. 220cm x 120cm x 10cm

Installation view, Artgame Gallery, Margate 2019

One Foot In Glory, One Foot In Hell, 2019 Pine Lightbox, duratran. 60cm x 50cm x 10cm

Don’t Tell Me To Keep Calm, 2019 Giclée on Hahnemühle German Etching, 29.7cm x 42cm

Installation view, Artgame Gallery, Margate 2019