Marcus Freeman at Sartorial Contemporary Art
In his upcoming exhibition of new paintings, Marcus Freeman has turned his attentions to landscape.
- (1888PressRelease) September 06, 2011 - Although not exclusively set in the English Countryside, these imaginary paintings are inspired by the history of 20th century landscape painting in Britain.
Using a restricted paletter of black, white and muted earth colours, and negative line, Freeman's acrylic paintings on board resemble large woodcuts, suggesting an ambiguity about where they sit in relation to painting, illustration and design.
Past art works by Freeman have tended to concentrate on the urban buildings, and at first glance this new series appears to be something of a departure.
But each landscape has been painstakingly built up using overlapping forms, so that Freeman's depiction of the countryside is strangely unreal. Nestled among the sculpted topography of these paintings are architectural elements like a roofless barn or an abandoned pillbox that indicate these landscapes are not quite as bucolic as they seem. Atmospherically they also inhabit that melancholy world of his earlier urban landscapes where the sense of abandonment is all too apparent to see.
New paintings by Marcus Freeman
Sartorial Contemporary Art
26 Argyle Square London WC1H 8AP
Open Wednesday to Friday 1 - 6pm or by appointment
29 September - 18 October 2011