6 April – 5 May 2017
Counterpoints brings together the work of seven contemporary abstract painters, in an exhibition which sites a single painting with a work on paper by each artist. In some pairings, the images directly reference each other – Rasmussen’s oil on tracing paper is a direct transposition of the layered surfaces of his canvas work, for example. Elsewhere, relationships between the exhibits explore study drawings, developments of visual thematics in different medias, and associated print works.
Julia Farrer shows a recent painting Commedia I, alongside a working drawing that reveals the folded geometric shapes that are the motifs of the original work. Jane Harris’s works Passing Through and Orbiters 12 (Passing Through), were made especially for the exhibition, and directly relate an image of flowering abstract forms. Mali Morris’ large, luminous canvas Wilbury Six is installed alongside a smaller, jewel-like acrylic on paper. Trevor Sutton’s subtle, yet insistent pairing of a mixed media drawing and an oil and pencil on board painting Unforseen, underlines how drama can be derived from a subdued palette. Dan Roach pairs a mixed media work on panel with a recently published black and white etching, Westerland’s Halo, and David Webb counterpoints a dramatically coloured acrylic on canvas, Lemba, with a tiny but equally powerful work on paper Meeting Two People (Yellow).