Rooted in the observation and interpretation of the urban landscape, Inglis began as a realist who over the years has extracted and condensed his work into small-scale compositions that allude and sensibilities beyond the limits of formal abstraction.
In these recent works, Inglis explores the process of building and printing with wood. The simplicity of form, depth of color, and a clean finished surface are the main elements of these works. His sculptures, which he calls "Urban Forms," suggest the liminal space between memory and reality. Houses, cars, and bridges are subsequently reduced to a blocky graphic schema of interlocking parts, often displayed in stacks and rows. Inglis's formal economy, the richness of color, and a plurality of form enhance their expressive power.
The inventiveness is translated in Inglis's woodblock prints, created as one of a kind. Urban landscapes are stripped of unnecessary burdens so that what remains is entirely pure and essential. Inglis's unconventional chine-collé process is unique in that he does not print and laminate in one run through the press. The swatches of color are printed by wooden blocks before being merged together via an etching press. Reductive shapes are combined to create overlapping hues and edges that make way for a careful consideration of color relationships, spatial depth, and form.
Paul Inglis received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the Boston area. Inglis lives and works in Boston. Chroma City is his first exhibition in New York.
Turn Gallery will hold its opening reception with the artist on the 22nd June from 6-8pm at 37 East 1st Street, NYC 10003. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-5pm. Chroma City will run through August 14th.