Hyperbolic Pigment

18 Oct 2011 – 23 Oct 2011

Event times

daily 10am - 6pm

Cost of entry


The Gallery in Redchurch Street

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 5 mins from Old Street tube

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Gluttony is a sin, and a little sin is good for the soul


This 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 glory 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. Oscar Wilde

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