AboutThis exhibition is our greediness, an unapologetic and shameless over-indulgence of one of our
favourite things paint. It is a joyful tribute to pigment in two ways exalting paint and honouring
colour. Our treat to all of you who love pigment in all its overblown, vital, visceral and luscious
There is something about paint, particularly when it is impasto, which speaks to us; grown people
writhe with a childlike desire to reach out and touch the canvas. Pigment can cross a barrier
between painting and sculpture, and as soon as it does so it engages with the viewer in a much more
personal way. It becomes something to handle rather than view remotely.
Skilled and great painters can also use their mediums to tell stories which appeal to something in our
souls. Just as a great story teller can capture you instantly with the words once upon a time, so an
artist can transport you into their world with a few strokes on the canvas. The difference between
them is that a painting is personal; the work is a nudge into human drama, lost landscapes,
nightmares. It is a visual foil to own imagination.
Not all the works have to be colourful that would be a sensory overload but hyperbolic by its very
definition is overblown, and one could not have a discussion about hyperbolic pigment without
bringing in colour. Some argue that removing colour from an artists palette is akin to a musician
performing an acoustic set Weve done acoustic before, so this time were letting the artists go to
town with all the pomp that colour, light and vivacity bring.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.