From the moment Lionel Friedland introduced The White Room Gallery to his colourful screenprints, they knew we were dealing with an exceptional talent. A year later, following a successful inaugral exhibtion at their Bath gallery, Lionel has become one of the gallery's most popular artists.
Lionel Friedland studied Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, before embarking on a successful career as an Architect in South Africa and the U.K.. Since 2000, Friedland has focused increasingly on fine art and drawing; using similar techniques and materials to those he employed as an architect but now freed from the parameters of a design brief, he uses his professionally-honed draftsmanship to create works about his interests, places he visits and people who intrigue him.
Friedland's pared-down, blueprint style images start as small detailed sketches which he breaks down, isolating important lines within the drawing. The simplified image is then drawn on a larger scale using the three natural arcs of his arm to create accurate smooth sweeping lines. Finally, Friedland intuitively selects a colour before transferring the image to a screen for printing. The result is striking work in vibrant colour that instantly attracts the eye.
This exhibition is a chance to see the artist's back-catalogue along with four new images printed exclusively for the show.
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