‘What is hard painting?
Painting that is hard edged, non-figurative and abstract
Painting that endures
Painting that is a complex and esoteric distillation of ideas’
These are the claims this exhibition attempts to investigate and challenge. Seven contemporary and abstract painters, Ian Boutell, John Bunker, Philip Cole, Stig Evans, Tess Jaray, Johanna Melvin and Patrick O’Donnell explore the potential present in paint and other ‘hard’ medias, aiming to open up a ‘conversation around the language of paint’.
You need not be the fount of modern art knowledge to appreciate this exhibition, which takes colours and textures to extremely interesting places. There is plenty to distract and please the eye without even beginning to dissect these artist’s intent.
There exists an intriguing contradiction between the abstract figures and notions put forward by these works, and their very tangible existence. The works’ palpable, visible textures almost seem an affront to the abstract, non figurative ideas they themselves throw up.
The art works revel in their material actuality, making this a really remarkable exhibition, which might be enjoyed without too much thought and analysis.
Find out more about the Hard Painting exhibition here.
It can be found at the Phoenix Gallery – Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB
Admission is free
Jan 13th – Feb 11th