Hosting ‘Landscapes’, Foyle’s recent paintings mark a bold and intrepid shift as he moves from painting figures to landscapes, from expressing representational to implying psychological.
The culmination of three years’ work which began immediately after his 2015 London exhibition, Foyle at just 26 years old, is firmly engaged with his roots, personal journey and story so far. It is family and all that it encompasses, which has fed and fuelled this collection and the profession to which he is utterly dedicated - from his diverse heritage to the sound of music in his childhood home and the soundscapes he is passionate about today.
Intrigued by his paternal Hungarian Jewish heritage, Foyle was spurred to travel extensively through the lesser-known outposts of Eastern Europe. It began by car when he drove across Serbia in 2015 through Romania and Bulgaria, but it was when he began exploring the destinations travelling by train that ‘Landscapes’ was inspired and truly flourished. From Turkey to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, and across the continent to North Africa and India, the aperture of a train window soon became Foyle’s means of undisturbed observation. It was during this time travelling and absorbing the landscapes meditatively, that a new direction in his painting was realised.
Foyle documented his journeys on a pocket camera and these images scattered his Wood Green, London studio on his return, yet, a single photograph became Foyle’s starting point for each piece and was isolated before beginning each painting, the rest being removed out of sight. An intense working period resolved within a single day or night, produced an individual painting that in Foyle’s own words “goes somewhere very far from my original idea and from representative reality.”
This collection sees Foyle reduce his palette to just three colours and yet, with tonal autonomy free-flowing forms and strokes, breathe intense colour on the surface of the canvas with Foyle pushing the paint to its limits. Nostalgic, challenging and anticipating, Foyle’s psychological landscapes will demand the viewer’s complete absorption, taking them on what Foyle hopes to be “a very personal journey of their own.”