Friday, January 8, 2010


Young Brit artist Ryan Mosley presents his first exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
The show opens on January 12th and will run through February 13th.

Already acknowledged as one of the most distinctive of the ʻNewspeakʼ painters, British artist Ryan Mosley presents his first exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery. Admired for what Art Review has described as ʻhyperfigurative psychocubismʼ, and an approach to painting which is at once both historical and fantastical, Mosleyʼs work simultaneously acknowledges a profound debt to the received genres and traditions of art history and an exuberant willingness to subordinate such categories to a uniquely personal painterly vision.

This exhibition develops Mosleyʼs ongoing fascination with the aesthetics and motifs of various chapters in the canon of art history, whilst being faithful to a visual vocabulary entirely of his own making. The Renaissance collages of Arcimboldo and Hogarthʼs morality tales, Degasʼs dancers and Gauguinʼs exotic landscapes, Ensorʼs carnivalesque and the coarse ebullience of Guston are among the differing images and cultural episodes from which Mosley draws inspiration and to which he pays homage. Yet these subversive stylistic echoes of past
masters, which are very often blended on the same canvas into dynamic art historical conversations, are not deployed simply to offer an idiosyncratic gloss on eras and artists which intrigue Mosley. Rather, they provide tools and contexts in which he can dramatise ad absurdum his interests in form and the fluid diffusion of narrative, and construct otherworldly scenarios and characters which are every bit as amusing, menacing, likeable and bewildering as the world we inhabit.

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