In this exhibition by John Salt, we see immaculately painted images of dilapidated automobiles and trailers, parked vehicles and deserted street scenes possess an eerie stillness and powerful presence. Devoid of human activity, these images fascinate and seem to sear into our consciousness.
After moving to New York in the late 1960s, Salt abandoned his earlier abstract style and began painting directly from photographs of American cars and trailers, found discarded and rusting by the roadside. He was quickly recognized as a forerunner of the American Photorealist movement, which depicted contemporary life with a heightened reality. Since the early 1970s Salt has continued to work from photographs. His technique involves projecting the photograph onto canvas or paper, cutting delicate stencils and using these to build the image with airbrush. One canvas can take a year to create, and a watercolour many weeks.
Oriel Davies is delighted to show the first exhibition in Wales by this major artist, which presents oil paintings, watercolours and prints spanning 36 years. John Salt lives and works in Shropshire. He has exhibited widely internationally and has work in public and private collections in the UK, America, Australia and Europe.