Drawings & paintings realised from abstract beginnings by Gerry Hunt. Artist's paintings and drawings invite you into a space developed from abstract beginnings into representation. Humour, seduction and surprise all play a part in the experience of the work.
Drawings & paintings realised from
abstract beginnings by
Gerry Hunt's paintings and drawings invite you into a space developed from abstract beginnings into representation. Humour, seduction and surprise all play a part in the experience of the work.
Using only the primary colours or a stick of charcoal, Gerry Hunt harnesses elements of fifty years of experience, of living and making art. The work is formally driven. The rectangle is worked on until a little bit of real form and space appears, perhaps a fragment of landscape, a figure, an animal or even an aeroplane. This fragment has to be a complete surprise for the artist. This is then developed, losing as little formal integrity as possible into some sort of 'believable' scene, thereby drawing the process to a close. The realism is felt to be found rather than created. He works towards believable spaces and approximations of landscape without losing touch with the formal process of painting. The surprise experienced by the artist is similar to how we can be surprised by the recollection of our own dreams.
Over the years, Gerry has shown his work widely in this country and in New York.
Born: Ist. May 1927 in London
Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art
Camberwell School of Art and the Byam Shaw School of Art
Ko Raw Gallery 'Paintings, Drawings and Text' March 1998
Coventry Gallery. 'Eros' I', curated by Ursula DeniflÃ©e, October 1996
Concourse Gallery, Byam Shaw School of Art, 1993
Camberwell School of Art Gallery, 'Metamorphic Drawings II' 1988
Camberwell School of Art Gallery, 'Metamorphic Drawings I' 1986
Coracle Press Gallery, Monochrome Paintings and Freestyle Drawings' 1980
Coracle Press Gallery, 'Expanded Moments', Photographic works, 1980
I.C.A. New Gallery, 'Monochromes', a collective conceptual painting show, 1976
Greenwich Theatre Gallery, 'Perverse Perspective Paintings', 1968
'Some Principles and Practice of Twelve Modern Art Styles', Coracle Press, 1980
Selected Group Shows:
Impromptu Gallery, Brighton Festival, May 2000
Bankside Browser, Tate Gallery, April-May 1999
Impromptu Gallery, Brighton Festival, May 1999
Kettles Yard , Cambridge, 'Verbiage'1979
Tolly Cobbold, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1977
Reese Palley Gallery, New York, 1971
John Moores, Liverpool, 1963, 1965, 1989
London Group, 1957, 1961, 1963, 1964
In recent years I have started each painting with purely formal, open-ended, classical Abstract Expressionist intentions, until some sort of figurative scenario presents itself to me. Whereupon, with as little sacrifice as possible of the pure painting so far achieved, I encourage a believable real scene to emerge.
When I draw with charcoal on paper, which is how I first became aware of this possibility in my work, it usually resulted in figures and/or animals, caught in some rather strange and sometimes funny 'in between' situations. Recently, with gradually increasing success, I have begun to achieve this in my paintings. In order to approach the technical simplicity of using just a stick of charcoal, as I do when I draw on paper, while using oil paint on canvas, I have restricted my palette to the three primary colours and white.
Open: Wed to Sun from 11am to 5pm
Cafe Gallery Projects, The gallery, by the Lake, Southwark Park, Bermondsey, London SE16 2UA.
Signposted from Canada Water Tube/Bus station which is on the Jubilee and East London Lines.
Free entry, the gallery is fully accessible to people with disabilities