Following on from his 2014 show Fun and Games at Marsden Woo Gallery, Bryan Illsley has created a new series of seven paintings called Timepieces. These works on paper signify a deliberate departure from his previous ‘disrupted’ collages in their stripped-back, robust forms of focused dots and lines. His decisive, consistent strokes register a change of pace and movement, in the words of the artist, ‘they take time and mark time’.
Using a predominantly monochrome palette for this series, the considered development of momentum and repetition in Illsley’s new body of work doesn’t strive for expression but instead builds up character through persistence and execution.
Illsley will be joined by his ‘company limited’, three artists he has brought together from the gallery stable - Alison Britton, Robert Marsden and Nao Matsunaga - whose selected pieces will show alongside his lined paintings.
Image: Work in progress in the artist's studio (2016)
The diverse practice of BRYAN ILLSLEY, born 1937, includes; painting, sculpture, book manufacture, design, print and jewellery making. Before studying at Kingston School of Art, he served an apprenticeship to a monumental stonemason. He was based in St Ives from the early 1960s until his return to London in1986. In St Ives, alongside his own studio practice, he worked for the Leach Pottery before forming a partnership with Breon O’Casey making jewellery. Public collections that hold examples of his work include the Arts Council, Crafts Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.