ORPHEUS ASCENDING

Stephen Chambers RA, Anne Buchanan Crosby,
James Fisher, Ken Kiff RA
Orpheus Ascending

21 April – 14 May 2016

Artists have long looked to myth, proverb and folk tale as thematic repertoire and contemporary artists continue to address and reinterpret collective visual and verbal narratives in highly individual ways. We are delighted to present a number of Ken Kiff’s (1935 – 2001)
Sequence Paintings, on loan from a private collection, alongside works by Stephen Chambers, Anne Buchanan Crosby and James Fisher.

Stephen Chambers finds in the proverbs Breughel drew, a depiction of human behaviour that is entirely plausible. His own images read somewhat like exclamations – figures caught in acts of thievery, or flight. Anne Buchanan Crosby’s paintings have dwelt consistently on themes from Greek mythology, holding that the stories offer a complete and infinitely flexible system of symbols through which anything can be said. James Fisher describes his paintings as visual palimpsests – the residue of visual layers that have been eroded during the course of making, woven from subject matter found in music and literature. Ken Kiff’s subject matter was openly poetic: “a woman, water, a tree and rock, a little heap of clothing; a lizard, sand, a small rock, a large geometrical sun-moon of the painter’s inventing – with more than a hint of myths and legend.” (Norbert Lynton).

ORPHEUS ASCENDING catalogue

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ANNE BUCHANAN CROSBY Leda and the swan by the River Eurotus pg, c2001, 22.5 x 30.5cm

ANNE BUCHANAN CROSBY Leda and the swan by the River Eurotus pg, c2001, 22.5 x 30.5cm

JAMES FISHER Last Hope, 2008, oil on linen, 71 x 66cm

JAMES FISHER Last Hope, 2008, oil on linen, 71 x 66cm

KEN KIFF, Sequence no. 183, mixed media on paper, 87 x 71cm

KEN KIFF, Sequence no. 183, mixed media on paper, 87 x 71cm