Figure and Ground – part of Devon Open Studios

Event Date: 10th Sep 2022 - 25th Sep 2022

Exploring the qualities of figure painting.

We are delighted to be extending Ian Watson’s exhibition with us, a solo show of contemporary abstract figurative works, as part of Devon Open Studios venue 72.

‘During the pandemic, I found myself trawling through my sketchbooks, and so began asking myself a question I had habitually asked before: When painting, how much, or how little, paint needs to be put on the canvas in order catch The Spirit in The Mass (David Bomberg)? So, I started, once again, to look at the pictorial conundrum of Figure and Ground. I made many drawings, trying to ‘essentialise’ the figure, often in the merest geometrical analysis. These images were developed as rapid sparse oil sketches or reversed using monotypes. Sometimes the ground became painted surface only, or was literally cut away, leaving the figure as collage material. Often patches of prepared ground, or canvas were left untouched. Occasionally an accidentally formed second figure suggested itself in the final image, the ghost of a minotaur perhaps…’

The exhibition will be hosted in our Courtyard Gallery, running alongside the Sculpture Studio and our Artizan Studio Residency featuring works of Ashley Raddon.

For more information and to view work

Venue 72

Wednesday to Sunday