In his first UK solo exhibition Andrew Curtis combines photographic and painterly techniques to create a series of disquieting portraits of English suburbia. The resulting images reveal a physical and psychological landscape in which the familiar is rendered unaccountably alien. Many of the works include two familiar suburban symbols: the Monkey Puzzle Tree and the Torbay Palm. Now reassuring indicators of conventionality, they were once the exotic decoration of the new Victorian suburbs. Curtis obscures these plants with a layer of black paint so they become unsettling reminders of our colonial past and suggest a ‘Wild England’, the lurking menace of unresolved trauma.
Andrew Curtis, Wild England
8 October – 6 November
PayneShurvell, 16 Hewett Street, London UK EC2A 3NN /
Tel: +44 (0) 20 0011 4115
Open: Wednesday-Saturday 11am–6pm and by appointment