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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Andrew Gadd: The Day Begins

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 ottobre 2010

London 9th November, 20101 0th November – 3rd December 2010 35 Albemarle Street. Agnew’s Gallery is delighted to announce its fifth exhibition of the work of Andrew Gadd, The Day Begins. The exhibition sees Gadd further developing his themes of isolation and social brutality, yet it also presents an exploration of new subject matter. A quartet of religious pictures, for instance, was developed out of a commission from the Churches Advertising Network to produce an image that appeared in bus shelters across the country in 2008. The resulting composition, Gadd’s hauntingly beautiful Bus Stop Nativity which depicts the Holy Family huddled in a bus shelter, serves as an appropriately bleak twenty-first century urban alternative to the traditional ‘stable’ narrative. The Day Begins also includes several Cubist-inspired meditations on cityscapes and abstract concepts. This is Gadd engaging with a very different pictorial language, and represents a significant stylistic departure for the artist. These new themes, however, inhabit paintings that are still strongly characteristic of Gadd’s wider body of work; inspired by memory, imagination and the subconscious, they draw the viewer into a world of magical yet troubling narrative. The Day Begins illuminates Gadd’s foray into the intangible world, and reveals his enduring tendency to reject simple explanations in favour of spellbinding questions or uncertainties. In his introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Andrew Lambirth acknowledges Gadd’s debt to the Old Masters, and cites Goya, Poussin and Cézanne as temperamental and stylistic influences. Brian Sewell’s description of the artist as ‘a belated heir to Sickert, [William] Nicholson and Orpen’ also serves as a positive recognition of Gadd’s commitment to figurative oil painting on a grand scale. Lambirth ultimately positions Gadd within a twentieth-century artistic framework, making comparisons between his recent body of work and those belonging to Roderic Barrett and John Armstrong. The Day Begins presents Gadd’s simultaneous renderings – of past and present, figurative and abstract, clarity and ambiguity – as elements which make up the timeless quality of his work. (the day begins)

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