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Figure and Ground

Explor­ing the qual­i­ties of fig­ure painting

06/08/22 – 27/08/22
Opening Times
Sun–Mon, Closed
Tue–Sat, 11:00 – 17:00
We are delighted to welcome Ian Watson to the gallery for a solo show of contemporary abstract figurative works. The exhibition will form part of our August Exhibitions at the gallery which focuses on works in abstraction, reflecting artists individual responses to the world around them.

'During the pandemic, I found myself trawling through my sketchbooks, and so began asking myself a question I had habitually asked before: When painting, how much, or how little, paint needs to be put on the canvas in order catch The Spirit in The Mass (David Bomberg)? So, I started, once again, to look at the pictorial conundrum of Figure and Ground. I made many drawings, trying to ‘essentialize’ the figure, often in the merest geometrical analysis. These images were developed as rapid sparse oil sketches or reversed using monotypes. Sometimes the ground became painted surface only, or was literally cut away, leaving the figure as collage material. Often patches of prepared ground, or canvas were left untouched. Occasionally an accidentally formed second figure suggested itself in the final image, the ghost of a minotaur perhaps…'

The exhibition will launch on 5th August 6 - 8 pm
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