Colour A Kind of Bliss
Curated by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue.
Artists: Julian Brown, Lucy Cox, Jeff Dellow, David Manley, Andy Parkinson and Freya Purdue.
Dates: Tuesday 5 April – Friday 30 June 2017. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm*
Private View: Tuesday 11 April 6-8PM
Panel Discussion: Friday 9 June 3-5PM
“Colour is a kind of bliss . . . like a closing eyelid . . . a tiny fainting spell.”
– Roland Barthes
Colour: A Kind of Bliss brings together six British painters concerned with different approaches to the use of intense energy and luminous qualities of colour. Through varying densities of paint and chroma, saturation and de-saturation, their paintings realise direct emotive forms resulting in both subtly and vibrancy. Painting for these artists working in the field of abstraction/non-figuration is a synthesis of ideas, drawing and colour.
In the vast expanding digital world, we have become entranced by momentary glimpses of virtual light and colour, unable to arrest or capture fast moving, subliminal and evanescent experiences. This relationship has become a new condition for the human spirit, perhaps a kind of bliss in its own right, somewhat disconnected from nature. The screen distraction separates us from the power of colour in the natural world and our instinctive awareness and sensibilities of perception; encountering fleeting images of light is not the same as experiencing the contemplation of colour in the physical world. This polarity is conveyed in a number of ways.
Some artists express the meeting and departure between virtual and physical spaces, and the playful possibilities of optical illusion; others retreat into memories, music or philosophical and mystical thought, occasionally slipping back into physicality and the processes of seeing and understanding. All of these concerns embody colour as a kind of bliss, a never-ending kaleidoscope for both the painter and the viewer.
*Occasionally, The Crypt closes for private meetings; you can phone ahead to check times: 020 7935 7315 or 07809330592
The Crypt, St Marylebone Paris Church, 17 Marylebone Road London, NW1 5LT
Press release text written by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue
With thanks to:
Natalie Dowse (flyer and catalogue design)