Ian Boutell, John Bunker, Philip Cole, Stig Evans, Tess Jaray, Johanna Melvin, Patrick O’Donnell
Seven contemporary abstract painters explore the possibilities inherent in space, colour, line and edge, and seek to develop a conversation around the language of paint. The exhibition presents a collection of paintings that have been developed through pre-meditated and choreographed processes; in developing the images, the artists favour intention over accident.
The exhibition and associated activities encourage a wide-ranging and rigorous dialogue around contemporary painting practice and raises questions, provocations and tentative assertions. Here are some of the assertions the would like to test:
What is hard painting?
Painting that is hard edged, non-figurative and abstract
Painting that endures
Painting that is a complex and esoteric distillation of ideas