Polka Fever. The artist's works, executed with a distinctive and eccentric painterly technique, weave whimsical scenarios - strange protagonists and their foolish displays of flamboyance are frozen in moments of time.
Pump House Gallery continues its commitment to providing emerging artists their
first significant London solo show with the presentation of Robert Stone's curiously
titled exhibition 'Polka Fever'.
Stone's paintings, executed with a distinctive and eccentric painterly technique,
weave whimsical scenarios - strange protagonists and their foolish displays of
are frozen in moments of time.
An eclectic range of references and influences converge in Stone's artistic practice from high end fashion, F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bryan Ferry as well as nods to painters such as Henri Rousseau and his primitive style, the vignettes of Edward Burra and the early renaissance Italian painters Fra Filippo Lippi and Giovanni di Paolo. These references emerge in the most peculiar of subject matter - fashionably clad characters parachuting, a gorilla being stood up on a blind date, women stranded on lake of floating pool tables and a gentlemen burning all his worldly belongings in a bath.
Robert Stone was born in London in 1981. He graduated with a Masters from Slade School of Fine Art in 2005 and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries. He also took part in the artist residency project 'Take Over' at Pump House Gallery in 2007. Since then he has painted for intense periods of time, working primarily in Berlin and Zurich. Stone has work in private and museum collections in UK, Germany, Italy, United States and Tasmania.
Private View: 28th July 6.30- 8.30pm
Exhibition Talk: 28th July 6.00 - 6.30pm
Pump House Gallery
Battersea Park - London
Opening times: Thur and Sun 11am-5pm, Fri and Sat 11am - 4pm