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David Price @ Art First

So apparently Eastcastle street is the new Vyner street. The cutting edge is undergoing an exodus back into central London, which says something about how much money art galleries make because retail space north of soho is ridiculously expensive.

David Price is currently showing at Art First. A gallery that shows mid to late career artists (for example richard cook who is one of my favourite landscape painters) and also some much newer artists. Price is in the nu camp. He is an interesting printmaker turned painter who creates mythological landscape compositions that are beautifully executed in delicate and detailed line work, reminiscent of masters such as Brueghel and Durer.

I really liked these works (hence the post). They appealed not only to my pre adolescent love of fantasy board games and painted tin models but equally to my mature tastes for high craft and Intellectual endeavour. What really got me going were the way the semi opaque glazes were built up, creating an effect somewhere between a watercolour and a stained glass window. A bit of a nightmare to light for the gallery owner but lovely for the observer.

“The close of the silver age” – David Price.  Runs till 23rd June.

 www.artfirst.co.uk

Red Mansion Art Prize @ Royal Academy

Last thursday i popped into the private view of the Red Mansion Art Prize.

The prize is awarded to one artist from each of the leading art schools. Each artists is invited to spend some time in Beijing and then exhibit some work that is influenced by the visit.

The place was packed when I arrived. Lots of graduates. Four out of the eight artists exhibited video art, which was hard to enjoy, due to the level of noise (students) and inadequate headphones. The one video piece i did see and enjoy i found out had actually been produced by a chinese artist and was being “presented” by the artist involved. (does that count?)

I did get a chance to have a chat with the artist Alexander Ball. He’s a fantastic painter who had taken the residence as an opportunity to explore some new print based avenues in his practice. I’m really looking forward to seeing more from him. (work from him is first image)

Got a few photos, but as ever staff are always hot on the cameras. Annoying.

Yelena Popova is another painter i’d keep an eye on. She was in the New sensations exhibition last year. She produces beautifully ghostlike abstract images with the subtlest dyes, onto untreated linen.

Open till the 26th of April if you’re based central.

Toby Boundy @ David David

Toby Boundy is a new painter doing the rounds (i think he’s new?). I caught his recent exhibition at David David, a shop on Earlham street that has a gallery space underneath. By the looks of it they are planning to run regular exhibitions there. His paintings are semi abstract semi figurative. Human forms are obscured behind layers of pattern and colour. Mysterious canvases that seem to create a story in the mind of the viewer.

For the first exhibition of a new painter i thought these were pretty good. The dream like nature of some of the paintings really appealed to me and I liked the very minimal reductionist line based works that he produced. It’s hard to be confident with very little.

It will be interesting to see what he does next, and how his style progresses.

Sarah Dwyer @ Josh Lilley

I’m not getting paid to cover Josh Lilley Exhibitions, it’s just that the gallery is in Fitzrovia and i love  walking the back streets north of Tottenham Court road. I often imagine myself in the post war years, wandering into a pub to find Francis Bacon and Quentin crisp discussing the merits of the british political system over a sherry.

Moving swiftly on.

Sarah Dwyers paintings are dynamic and spontaneous.  You do get a sense that she’s lets it all out on the canvas, but not in a violent grand action, more like gracefully poetic meandering way. Perhaps even with her eyes closed.

I especially like the textural intimacy. Different materials cohabiting harmoniously, in a ramshackle manner, within the confines of a canvas. The only straight lines are the frame edges.

I do have some reservations. There is little immediate impact or dynamism within the canvases. With a short attention span i find myself walking away quickly from each one. They are the sort of paintings you need to spend time with, or even live with. If you did i’m sure it would slowly draw you in and envelop you into it’s cosy world of ethereal abstraction.

James Ferris @ Limoncello

The concept was simple. 100 works. The first piece goes for £1, the last £100 and the works increase in cost in the order they are sold. When i’d got there he’d sold 61, but this was two weeks after the opening night.The policy was to take the work off the wall once it had been sold. So in reality i probably didn’t get to see the best works, as no doubt they had been snapped up. But what was left i still quite liked. I was almost tempted to buy a few myself (£189 for three works is a bargain by anyones standard), but i abstained (these are tough economic times.)

It was a nice idea and i  like the homely setting of the Limoncello gallery, they’re always really friendly,

Personally i think they should have kept the work up after it was sold.  But who am i to stand the way of such resolutely conceptual art.

until 25th Feb (if there’s anything left to look at)