AboutFrith Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Juan Uslé.
Uslé's work reflects on the possibilities of painting. It has an intriguing intensity borne from plays of colour and the nuances of pattern and gesture. The canvases in this exhibition, which range from the intimate to the very large, have evolved slowly over days or weeks. Each emerges from the process as a very distinct character and sometimes, like Uslé's rare black pet donkey, after which the exhibition is named, they are complete and beautiful anomalies.
Although non figurative, the paintings often have their origin in the real world; small
everyday scenes observed by the artist such as the play of light through Venetian blinds or a detail on the New York Subway have been a source for many. Here memory, emotion, chance and dreams all have their part to play and colours, shapes and forms create a complex language of their own drawing the viewer into a world of visual pleasure.
Juan Uslé was born in Santander, Spain in 1954. His work has been very widely exhibited internationally, recent solo exhibitions include: Switch on / Switch off Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga and Valencia Bancaja (2007 2008) Open Rooms Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofà a, Madrid Fundación Marcelino Botà n, Santander; SMAK, Stedlijk Museum voor Actuale Kunst, Ghent; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublà n (2003- 2004). Juan Uslé, Cheim and Read, Nueva York (2002). Distancia Insalvable, Centro Cultural Casa del Cordón, Burgos, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Centro Cultural Caja de Cantabria, Sala Luz Norte. Santander (2000). Notable group exhibitions include: 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and Monocromos: De Malevich al presente, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofà a, Madrid, (2004). His work is included in many major collections world wide including: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Vienna Museum, Vienna, M.A.C.B.A., Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Ministère de Culture, Paris, Colección Arte Contemporáneo Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona
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