Painting never dies. Many predict its demise but the convoy of painting rolls determinedly on.
While many artists make their initial foray through this medium before abandoning the canvas in pursuit of creative emancipation, they often return to the melting seduction of those ripe and siren colors, for paint never entirely lets you go and one’s romance with it is hard to recover from.
Painting retains the strongest associations with the wider public perception of what art is and this makes working with it perhaps the most difficult path to tread; change is demanded and yet suspected. Painting has been worked hard; it often appears exhausted and too often crushed under the weight of its own success. It provides no laurels to rest upon and this ironically places on the frontier not performance, sound or new technology artists but painters. To be seen and heard among the cacophonous furnace of their medium’s legacy they must engage hard and fast at the coal face, for undiscovered seams.
This exhibition is about love of the painted medium and its place within the public and domestic realm. How each of us regardless of taste, education or financial ability can understand it, enjoy it, even own it. The artists included here are utilizing their medium in a way that presents the relevance, the value and the intimacy that the painted medium can bring.
The artists exhibiting are Jim Gaylord, Darren Jones, Emily Noelle Lambert, Noah Landfield, Christopher Saunders, Jovan Karlo Villabla, and Jo Wilmot.
Concept development – Madina Stepanchenko, with thanks to Luda Friedman.