Fishes, Wishes in Summertime Blue
Hales Gallery, The Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
Until 21st October
Hales Gallery is delighted to announce Frank Bowling: Fishes, Wishes in Summertime Blue, a solo exhibition of Bowling’s very recent works. The exhibition coincides with Frank Bowling: Metropolitanblooms, the inaugural project at the Hales Project Room in New York.
Now widely recognised as ‘first among equals’1 in the field of post-1960 abstraction, Bowling has for the past half century devoted himself to a tireless investigation into the nature and possibilities of painting, constantly exploring new principles and processes. It is this dynamic spirit which this exhibition celebrates, providing audiences an opportunity to explore the rich vocabulary of techniques and ideas which Bowling has developed over the years and which is so fluently expressed in his contemporary practice.
The exhibition at Hales London takes its title from a 2016 painting which itself alludes to a series of canvases stretching back to the 1980s whose textured, animated surfaces have invoked for Bowling the creatures and colours of rivers and seas. It is just one example of the way in which the works in this exhibition delve both inwards and outwards, excavating the past while absorbing Bowling’s new experiences and memories of the world around. In the monumental Pouring Over 2 Morrison Boys & 2 Maps II, for example, references to key moments from the history of Bowling’s painting career – his early Pop-inspired screen-printed portraits and stencilled maps, and the New York ‘poured paintings’ from the 1970s, celebrated by Clement Greenberg – are fused together in exciting new configurations.
Image: Shadowbalding, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 277.5 x 186.6 cm
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