Artists Keith Holmes and Andre Bardega present Form and Illusion, a joint exhibition at 54 The Gallery in London’s Mayfair.
Keith Holmes' striking charcoal drawings redefine obsolete tools and utensils by their shadow, creating a new aesthetic identity beyond the object’s original form and function. He started collecting old, everyday items from antique fairs, recalling them from his childhood and struck by the pride previous owners and craftspeople had in using and maintaining their tools - evident in their excellent condition today. Whilst these old items are a window on the past, Keith’s work gives them a context that is independent of their intended purpose.
In contrast, Andre Bardega's warm, soft pastels of observational still life subjects and the human form are rich in colour and texture. Observation has always been central to his work, and he is usually concerned with realism and working directly from models and still life in a range of mediums. More recently Andre has been exploring the possibilities of soft pastel, depicting shape and form in a fresh, new way for Form and Illusion.
Both Keith and Andre studied art conservation and met whilst working as conservators. This is their first exhibition together.
Form and Illusion runs from Monday 28 September to Saturday 10 October 2015
Private View: Tuesday 29 September, 5pm - 9pm
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QX. Open 11am - 7pm
www.54thegallery.co.uk / www.keithholmes.net / www.andrebardega.co.uk
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