Tony Bevan – Trees and Archives, Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1, until 3rd January 2015
This exhibition features some twelve new large-scale works by this exciting British artist. He uses a combination of charcoal and his own pure acrylic pigments to create these striking works, which also include his self-portraits which are inspired by the characterful, contorted sculptures of heads by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.
What I Thought I Saw’ – Works by Suzy Murphy, Mead Carney Fine Art, 45 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1, 3rd January 2015
This show of Murphy’s new paintings, curated by Roberta Moore, is based on her diaries and the various things that she remembers from her life which has taken her from London’s East End to the wide-open spaces of Alberta, Canada and to life now. She says of her work “it is all these memories and places that present themselves in my paintings”.
Max Gimblett – Love Conquers All, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, 22 Eastcastle Street London W1, until 24th January 2015
This is the first UK showing of this artist’s work. New Zealand born and New York based Gimblett’s pictures have an instant appeal with their melded materials swirling with an almost primordial energy into an engaging mix of Zen painting and the traditions of the New York School.
Howard Hodgkin – Indian Waves, Gagosian Gallery, 17-19 Davies Street, London W1, until 31st January, 2015
India provided the inspiration for this group of thirty or so gouaches that he painted in 1990-91. They were forgotten about for over twenty years and have only recently seen the light of day again. They have great impact and to create them Hodgkin used the carborundum printing technique which helps provide texture ready for painting by hand.