Monday, 20 May 2013

Painters 20/05/13

Revisiting some of the paintings by Neil Dallas-Brown whose work originally convinced me as a student to pursue painting.  The economy of the use of paint, ambiguous handling of the figure and often powerfully symmetrical compositions really spoke to me then and still do.

Today I've also been re-investigating the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - an artist I knew to make fictitious portraits- but hearing her in conversation from her exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery last year and discussing some familiar problems has been fascinating: wanting to paint the figure without capturing the 'essence' of a sitter and for the process to primarily be about addressing the paint and 'translating paint  into people'

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