Matthew Musgrave @ Supplement

I’ve got a lot of respect for painters. Sat in a studio wondering what to put on a blank canvas must be daunting. I like solving problems, but I can’t come up with the problem AND the solution, that’s just too much.

Matthew Musgrave can, it seems. His work is concerned with what to paint, how to paint and how to progress. His paintings feel like performative acts. At first you may think that he has generated them in a flurry of brushstrokes, a spontaneity that is rather attractive. But looking at them in depth reveals more structure. They seem almost algorithmic. Slowly varying patterns of movement, colour and mark making. It’s a painterly routine that evolves through the course of each work and Musgrave paints the same scene more than once to fully investigate the subject.

Some of the works could be interpreted as landscape paintings, but in actuality are small sections of his studio, or objects contained within it. The interpretation of what he is painting, i think, is key to his work. He paints what he sees, as he sees it in his mind. The viewer is then subsequently challenged to interpret the painting themselves, to decide what they are looking at. It works like a chinese whisper. The emotional effect equally so. One always finds delight in how that initial whisper can evolve into something unexpected and unlike anything you might be able to imagine.

(this image from Supplement website)

Go on, pop down and have a look. My photos don’t do the work justice.

 

Till Aug 12th

supplementgallery.co.uk

 

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