Solo show of paintings by Brendan Lancaster, winner M/FP National Open Painting Competition 2011
Private View 19th April - 7pm to late
Exhibition continues: Sat 20, Sun 21 and Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28: 12 - 5pm
"Here seems to be as good a place to start as anywhere – to use shapes and marks that are ready to hand, not over-thought, just a starting point. Then let the painting develop. New images pile up, create new versions of now. Deleuze describes art as cultural deterritorialisation, an undoing of the rules, and for me, painting, however old the language, however borrowed the vocabulary, is full, still, of possibility. Each work is an exploration in an open field of action, where we must create and find the new.
When I work I don’t set out to create a particular image, rather, it’s a state of working I’m hoping to get to, a sense of creative departure that I’m hoping to achieve. I like Francis Bacon’s statement, that to get the feeling for reality into a painting the artist mustn’t know what they are doing. For me too, if anything does work, it works ‘from that moment when consciously I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I chase after that way of working each time I paint".
“Lancaster’s energetic intimate paintings are at the same time instantly recognisable and strange. At first sight they deliver a soft emotional blow, then you wonder at their immediacy”
Ruth Piper, The SearchersContemporary gallery
“Lancaster’s work floats over the Modernist project, with a playful eye to the exasperating complexities of the contemporary.”
Patrick Brandon, artist
Brendan Lancaster’s work has been included in the John Moores Painting Prize 2012, Crash Open 2012, Motorcade/Flashparade National Open 2012 and Exeter Phoenix Contemporary Open 2012.