Ian Davenport: New Works on Paper: 13 January – 24 February 2018

Slewe Gallery is pleased to present new works on paper by British artist Ian Davenport. The exhibition opens Saturday January 13 and will run until February 24.

For his fourth exhibition at Slewe Gallery, Davenport will show a new series of large colour etchings on paper, which he made in collaboration with Alan Cristea Gallery in London. They consist of both mono prints and editions of his famous poured images. Highlights include the monumental Poured Triptych Etching Ambassadors (After Holbein) of 177 x 255 cm, his largest print to date, of which the colours are abstract interpretations of the colours used in Holbein’s famous painting The Ambassadors, on display at the National Gallery in London, and a new series of silk screen prints featuring a new addition, coloured ‘splats’ of paint, to his process. These prints are accompanied by some recently made unique drawings, entitled Staggered Lines

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Steven Aalders, In Search of Red, Yellow and Blue: 4 November – 23 December 2017

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of In Search of Red, Yellow and Blue by Steven Aalders, on Saturday November 4, in which he presents the results of his residency at the Van Doesburghuis in Meudon near Paris this summer. At 17.30 Wies van Moorsel, heir and niece of Nelly van Doesburg, will open the exhibition. During Aalders’ four-month stay in the famous studio house of the founder of De Stijl movement, he explored the concept of the Golden Section in relation to the primary colours. As an homage to Theo van Doesburg, the artist will place a white painted cube central in the gallery. A brochure with an illustrated text by Aalders on Van Doesburg, designed by Irma Boom, will be published to accompany the exhibition. The show will be open during Amsterdam Art Weekend (23-26 November) and will remain on display until December 23.

Three new series of paintings will be shown. In one of the series, the surface of the paintings is gradually divided into multiple planes following the Golden Section ratio in different shades of grey. These are acquired by mixing only the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue and white to a neutral grey, without using any black. Another series shows the primary colours, red, yellow or blue, each in relation to a mid-tone grey. These series are related to Van Doesburg’s colour theory in which he proclaims that the colour grey gives a platform for bright colour planes. The third series shows two squares interpenetrate each other, dividing three primary-colour planes in different shades, from bright to dark and greyish tones …

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