In January 2008 Rachel Howard will present a substantial body of new work including several large scale abstract works, a series of 'suicide' paintings and new works on paper.
Howard has long been interested in the idea of beauty born out of everyday tragedy. In her 'suicide' paintings, naked figures (in poses sourced from newspapers and the internet) hang suspended amid saturated colours and glossy surfaces. An uneasy tension is sustained between the dark subject matter and the vibrant physicality of the carefully poured household gloss and acrylic paint. It is almost as though the suicided characters have been poured on to the canvas themselves, so perfectly are the brushstrokes dissolved into the smooth expanse of paint.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with a new essay by Brian Dillon.