Will Martyr: 'Stay Until Tomorrow' & Maurizio Camatta: 'Electrical Storms'23. Jun - 19. Jul 14 / ended Hay Hill Gallery
Mon-Fri 10.30-6, Saturdays 11-5
Exhibition at Hay Hill Gallery
Hay Hill Gallery’s latest exhibition features two artists from opposite ends of the style spectrum: From Will Martyr’s measured architectural lines, to Maurizio Camatta’s bright dust explosions.
Martyr’s ‘Stay Until Tomorrow’ is a romantic take on his usual clean, modernist style. The new compositions allow a sense of voyeuristic excitement, facilitated by the fact that there are no figures present. These utopian views conjure a timeless elegance and nostalgia, as Martyr marries together found images with remembered places. We find that these familiar settings are soft-focus templates for the mnemonic, at once heightening and embellishing reality. Immensely popular, the works offer the ideal combination of stylish aesthetic, soulful contemplation and technical brilliance.
Maurizio Camatta’s ‘Electrical Storms’ provide a heady contrast. There are fireworks imploding in the damp fog; stars bursting or dissolving into Northern Lights; games of volumes and signs; contrasts and bright chromaticisms- but look closer and see a sinister order to the ‘chaos’. Camatta’s style may appear wildly haphazard, but every shade and overlap is engineered to achieve the emotional response. His expressive art is pure science: The paintings do not end in the traditional sense, but are designed to resonate with the viewer long after.
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