Luke Rudolf @ Kate MacGarry

Luke Rudolf’s paintings are a joy ride for the senses. My eyes can’t help but follow every line, inspect every texture, daub and hard edge prism. I could easily spend all day pondering the effort that was lavished on them.

The canvases are full of visual obstacles, bi-polar emotions and art history references. Look carefully and you will see Lichtenstein, Miro, Picasso and Auerbach. You will also see graphic and technological influences. Rudolf has created a monster of addition, but boy is it an attractive beast.

I’m imagining a Jekyll and Hyde storyline emerging in the artist’s studio. The “Hyde” Rudolf thrashes about at night attacking the canvas violently, using paint mixed on the floor. The “Jekyll” Rudolf has to pick up the pieces the next day. He’s analytical, calm and controlled, placing prismic and looping vectors skilfully across the canvas to make amends for his alter ego.

I look at these works and wonder how something can be so out of control but so precise? Rudolf pulls off what would be an impossible balancing act for most painters, with absolute grace.

Some people will call these portraits garish and ugly. Don’t believe them. Look closely, they are full of beauty and poise. They are living breathing visages and they need to tell you something important….

come closer…………

PAINTING IS ALIVE!

Truly magnificent and worthy of at least half an hour of your life.

Runs until 14th July

http://www.katemacgarry.com/

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