GALLERY ROUND-UP 2 – February 2014
STEPHEN HANNOCK: Moving Water, Fleeting Light, until 1st March, Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BY London W1
The American painter Stephen Hancock marks his London debut with a show of thirteen new works, which includes a luminous view from above of Newcastle-upon-Tyne which celebrates the rich tapestry of its history. This is created by his very original approach to his work, using a combination of acrylics, resin, handwriting, pasted papers and photographs, special brushes and even power sanders to achieve the wonderful light effects that transcend his work to another plane.
Perhaps particularly appropriate to our present weather pattern are the smaller works featuring flooded rivers and soaring rockets which unlike reality have a magic quality, especially in their Turneresque skies.
Brian Rice: Early Works 1959-1970, until 22nd February, The Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London, W1S 3HL
This colourful show is a great joy to behold. The paintings and prints come from the formative years of his career and are a celebration of the abstract. One can easily understand why they were received with such great acclaim. Their luminosity and freshness remains undimmed to this day and they are so evocative of the time they were created that visitors will be immediately taken back to the 60s.
MANUEL ESPINOSA, until 8th March, Stephen Friedman Gallery, 11 & 25-28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN
The Argentinean artist Manuel Espinosa (1914-2006) was a leading exponent of Concrete Art and this new exhibition is the first solo show of his work in Europe. He was a founder member of the ‘Asociación Arte Concreto-Invencion’, a group who moved away from the figurative towards geometric elements and colour. Following a visit to Europe in the 1950s and after meeting artists from the Italian Concrete Art groups, Espinosa concentrated on geometric abstraction with the repetitious use of squares and circles to create the required image.
LUIS TOMASELLO – SIX DECADES OF REFLECTION, until 28th March, The Mayor Gallery,21 Cork Street, First Floor, London W1S 3NA
This is the first exhibition in the Mayor Gallery’s exciting new space and it marks the six decades of the Kinetic Op artist Luis Tomasello. Although born in Argentina in 1915, he has lived and worked in Paris since 1957. In the three-dimensional geometric shapes one can clearly see the influence of Mondrian. The formations are used to reflect light and colour allowing the viewer to experience the kinetic energy created.
Alongside the works is a small display of jewellery created by the Spanish designer Chus Burés from designs by Tomasello. Very attractive and very wearable they are too.