The two British artists, with very different techniques and distinct styles, present their interpretations on the subject of seasonal change in this vibrant collision of paint and collage.
Chris Moon is an exceptional and truly gifted painter. His work displays an innate understanding of colour, shape and form and he has an uncanny ability to recreate past memories in seemingly effortless and dreamy detail. Moon's hauntingly beautiful abstract paintings distort and rework his recollections; they enchant and challenge the viewer to interpret his visions. Interview Magazine says of Moon, “For the artist, the excitement lies within the space between perfection and destruction, a place where his vision has become clear, yet is simultaneously in flux. It's the reinvention of an established narrative through his own lens.”
Disseverance draws on the notion of the changing seasons and both artists are heavily influenced by nature. Playing with the palette of rich, vivid shades and tones that surround us, Robi’s vibrant collages embrace the full spectrum of colour, giving a sense of fluidity and motion, as the seasons change. Chris Moon’s paintings document a year in the life of an ever-changing Epping Forest, capturing the seasonal changes and cycle of life, his studies given new meaning as Robi’s petal motifs emerge from the landscape, markings on the trees signifying lives, stories, narratives from past and present, with the final colours stolen from Robi’s vibrant collage. The narrative of changing landscape and the movement of time is conveyed with strong, unapologetic colour with Robi’s petals hinting to past ghosts and memories hiding within the works.
The joint exhibition will be presented throughout Maddox Gallery, with the artists completely transforming two floors of the elegant Victorian townhouse using dramatic light and shadow to enhance their work.
Robi Walter’s artwork takes the form of stunning collages, mixed media pieces bursting with colour, arranged in lotus-like forms. Walters works with discarded, recycled materials, scissor-cut by hand into the thousand-petal lotus shape. Based on one of the root forms of sacred geometry, when two circles overlap to create a petal shape, each leaf is precisely hand-cut in streaks of radiant primary colours. The transformation of the unwanted and rejected, reborn into something beautiful.
Maddox Gallery is fast emerging as one of the smartest young contemporary art destinations in Mayfair. This spring it made global headlines when it exhibited ‘Make America Great Again’ the provocative Donald Trump nude by Ilma Gore. Censored by Facebook it became the first truly viral artwork of the Instagram age and provoked political, social and creative debate across the globe. Housed in a beautiful 3750 square foot Victorian townhouse in the heart of London, their roster of cutting edge international contemporary artists and photographers includes Dan Baldwin, Bradley Theodore, Tyler Shields, Finn Stone, Simafra, Tony Kelly, Retna, Yves Hayat, and Michael Moebius.
Disseverance, Robi Walters and Chris Moon.
Exhibition runs from 16-30 September 2016
Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QE. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus