This exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery aims to explore one key tenet in de Freston's practice: all of de Freston's characters are exiles; none belongs to the world they now live in.
The tragedy of exile renders heroes ridiculous and pathetic. De Freston brings to our attention their fall into dystopian landscapes, in an unholy and anguishing snapshot of history.
De Freston's images are articulated through an extensive and sensitive manipulation of the History of painterly approaches. Titian's painting of flesh, Carravagio's Chiaroscuro and Pollock's expressive application are merged into a language which is clearly de Freston's own.
I hope that the show achieves another purpose: to bridge the gap of exile, of displacement in time and space. Through the different loci of life, we all become lost and can no longer find refuge in belonging. We can all become de Freston's exiled folk.
Pablo de Gandia Tablo Arts
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