The Return: an exhibition of recent work by six London painters
The Return: an exhibition of recent work by six London painters was an exhibition which brought a diverse selection of work together with a shared concern in evoking the human form and landscape in art. Depicting anything from bulbous balloon bodies, fragmented figures and isolated individuals to obliterated landscapes, fractured scenes and desolate locations, these works captured forms caught between states of being. Often approaching and receding, reforming and deconstructing simultaneously as if in some primordial soup, these forms move within the picture plane of images exploring the metamorphic relationship between representation and abstraction.
In response to his controversial stylistic transition, between abstraction and representation, the painter Philip Guston said;*’The appearance may change, that’s why the comments about style sound strange to me, you know, you work in this style or that style as if you had a choice in the matter. What you’re doing is trying to stay alive and continue, not die. Therefore it’s circular….’ Despite a hostile reaction from the art establishment, Guston continued to pursue his personal vision and produce work like; The Return, 1956 – 58, now on display in Tate Modern, which is symbolic of his philosophy and approach to painting. It is in this spirit and homage to The Return, that this show marked the return of contemporary art by local painters to the Riverside Studios Gallery. By presenting a visually dynamic selection of painting, the display aimed to stretch viewers’ perception of everyday appearance.
* PHILIP GUSTON A Life Lived a film by Michael Blackwood (1980, 58 minutes, color) © Michael Blackwood Productions 2012
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The Return: an exhibition of recent work by six London painters, featured work by Bruno Déroulède, Stephen Feather, Bill McCombe, Fred Mugford, Jon Ridge and Mick Sales.
Curated by Stephen Feather.
Bruno Déroulède, born in 1969, graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2010.
Stephen Feather, born in 1983, graduated from Kingston University in 2005.
Bill McCombe, attended Wimbledon College of Art from 1962 – 1964. He occasionally lectures at West Dean College.
Fred Mugford, born in 1964 in Silver Lake, California, is a self taught artist.
Jon Ridge, graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2009.
Michael Sales, born in 1959, is a self taught artist.
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