Mike Bartlett, Tine Grandalen, Hilde Grandalen, Rebecca Knapp, Jo Wilmot. Five artists forget why and just do it, loosing themselves in the sheer exuberance and necessity of painting
Mike Bartlett, Tine Grandalen, Hilde Grandalen, Rebecca Knapp, Jo Wilmot.
Five artists forget why and just do it, loosing themselves in the sheer exuberance and necessity of painting. The allure, the smell of turps, the visceral pleasure of paint. These artists have what Sabine Folie calls the â€œgrotesque love of paintingâ€.
Makes paintings of paintings (and galleries and shows and people) â€“ he has visited every show at Transition this year armed with his camera. Back in his studio he turns his photographs into loosely expressive paintings. Captured moments from an art day out where every â€˜ismâ€™ is turned back into paint. Tine and Hilde Grandalen These Norwegian twins both concern themselves with the loss of innocence depicting it in very different ways. Tineâ€™s sketchily winsome figurative paintings are fragments of personal histories and reinvented memories. Hilde is a latter day Pollock, her abstract paintings resound with a rhythmically vital splattered energy.
Paints displays of hyper masculinity that become odd and unusually fragile when transferred from their internet snap-shot origin to the canvas. She injects a seriousness and machismo into these benign leisure activities. In this series the glamour of Formula One is replaced with balding characters earnestly engaged in trivial pursuits on a wet Sunday in Norfolk.
Is absorbed by decadence and disintegration, in a journey that takes her from Fitzgerald to Waugh. She dips her brush into a palette of jewel colours to create atmospheric paintings of luscious decaying gardens glowing with nonchalant excess. These magic hour paintings evoke long gone carefree days of champagne and silk shirts.
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