British Painters | Imagined Worlds
British Painters | Imagined Worlds
DAVINA CHRISTOPHER KATE RICHARD DOLLY TIM
Jackson Thompson Tedman Harrison Thompsett Wright
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To open its 2018 programme Pontone Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of six contemporary British painters. Coinciding with The London Art Fair, this is a unique opportunity to see these artists together in this metropolitan context. The work showcases a particular sensibility, marrying an interest in ﬁguration with the materiality of paint. The surface is a ﬁeld of articulation, an arena where the interactions between mark, gesture and medium model a version of the artists’ inner world. These are not painters of observed reality, but of constructs generated from their unique agendas. Allusive and oblique, cryptic and dreamlike, each sets out a cast of characters or a scenario. A variety of approaches are on display; from the muscular to the delicate, the meticulously delineated to the rawly traced, each artist displays an aesthetic peculiar to their own nature. They create discrete worlds. The clock has stopped and time is suspended; we step out of the temporal realm and into theirs. Their sometimes hard-won approach endows the work with authority and profound emotional resonance.
makes paintings of human ﬁgures reduced to an essential abstraction. They inhabit a world of rich colour and texture.
Christopher Thompson paints portraits of contemporary, urban characters, which he elevates with an ‘old-master’ treatment. In their use of chiaroscuro they are redolent of great paintings of the past. Kate Tedman creates suggestive mindscapes made up of exotic, fairytale elements featuring organic accretions and hybrid vegetal structures. Richard Harrison paints bold and vibrant abstractions that allude to elemental
landscape. His gestural handling drives the content.
Dolly Thompsett paints fantastical, hallucinogenic landscapes, where the inhabitants act out esoteric rituals, bringing to mind the world of Lewis Carroll and the lush topographies of Victorian illustration. Tim Wright conjures enigmatic scenes of ﬁgures emerging from a ﬁlm of paint.
The characters’ relationship to each other is ambiguous and perplexing. They exist in an in-between world, where the handling of paint materialises and de-materialises their corporeality.
1. Hector & Achilles 2017 Oil on Canvas 176 x 150 cm (66 x 59 in)
2. Study for Father and Child 2017 Oil on Canvas 30.5 x 25.5 cm (12 x 10 in)
3. Father and Child 2017 Oil on Canvas 51.5 x 41 cm (20 x 16 in)
4. Figure IV 2017 Oil on Canvas 61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 in)
5. Figure II 2017 Oil on Canvas 75.5 x 65 cm (30 x 26 in)
6. Figure I 2017 Oil on Canvas 120 x 100 cm (47 x 39 in)
7. Nobody Told Us There Would Be Fish in the Water 2017 Acrylic on black paper 33 x 25 cm - 13 x 10 in)
8. No Maintenance Required 2017 Acrylic on raw linen 112 x 250 cm (44 x 98 in)
9. The Outsider 2017 Oil on Canvas 183 x 152.5 cm (72 x 60 in)
10. Clouds Closing In 2017 Oil on Canvas 90 x 100 cm (35.5 x 39.5 in)
11. Plume 2017 Oil on Canvas 101.5 x 91.5 cm (40 x 36 in)
12. Highway to Hell - Stranded 2017 Mixed media with glitter and resin on linen 25.5 x 31.5 cm (10 x 12 in)
13. Highway to Hell - Pile Up 2017 Mixed media with glitter and resin on linen 39.5 x 25 cm (16 x 10 in)
14. The Swimmer 2017 Oil on Canvas 90 x 60 cm (35 x 24 in)
15. Stranded 2017 Oil on Canvas 150 x 180 cm (59 x 71 in)
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Published on Jan 8, 2018