Currently the extraordinary exhibition ‘As above so below’ with new large scale paintings of James Aldridge is visible. The book, made by Christian Ouwens and James Aldridge about this series of paintings, is also available. Maybe even signed!
Years ago Christian Ouwens saw a painting of ten meters long at the restaurant of Tate Modern in London. The canvas envisioned an imaginative world: birds, plants, deers and trees, a symbiosis that lives on in the mind of the viewer. Again and again Ouwens returned to the museum to see the painting, until he eventually decided to contact the artist for a collaboration.
The painting style of the artist forms an unforgettable impression. Inky washes, geometric shapes and soft smoky areas clash with silhouettes, realistic birds and stylised elements. The resulting tension their relationships create remind us what we first see is not always what it seems. The paintings have a distinct language of their own despite their sampling of references and this is something that has continually developed throughout Aldridge’s career, each work informed by the previous. There is a balance between beauty and the grotesque where the paintings nearly reach saturation point in an endeavour to see how much information an image can hold before it collapses.
The exhibition shows impressive paintings and will be visible at the gallery during the summer.
Click here to visit the overview page of James Aldridge.