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Jenna Gribbon

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Jenna Gribbon was born in 1978 in Knoxville, USA, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Gribbon’s paintings of nudes pay homage to the moment when light touches skin. Her lush brush strokes capture her friends, son and girlfriend in intimate portraits. Her work carefully examines the implications and responsibilities of looking through what she calls a ‘scopophilic feedback loop’. Thereby, the titles provide a key for a complete understanding of her works. As she rarely finishes a canvas within one sitting, Gribbon often builds her work on the basis of photographs as a means of how we memorise and experience. Gribbon’s paintings of those closest to her vividly capture instants of pure joie de vivre. Her work has been exhibited widely in the USA, Germany, UK, South Korea, Norway, Finland and Switzerland.

Say Her Name

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From The Guardian:

Flowers smudge the foliage in [Jennifer] Packer’s still lifes, the small canvases filled with greenery and darkness and sobriety. The titles of these flower paintings tell us that they are more than nature studies. Say Her Name is a funerary bouquet for Sandra Bland, found hanged in her cell in a Texas jail while in police custody in 2015. Packer’s flower paintings are memento mori for the named and the unnamed, and punctuate all the figures, portraits and rooms in her Serpentine Gallery show.

Forrest Williams - Passage

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I remember reading that the young Balthus was deeply influenced by Derain’s remark, “The only purpose of painting today is the recovery of lost secrets.”  That observation was made almost a hundred years ago now, but it still resonates with me.

A painting is an intensely personal vision. It is intuitive and its meaning can be elusive—sometimes even to the painter. Each painting is a piece of something that you can spend a lifetime trying to figure out. It’s a revelation of the unseen, the hidden. And sometimes a painting is as much about what isn’t seen as what is.

My work is about relationships, and about separateness.  But fundamentally the paintings are about the self.  I'm interested in that place of tension between the containment and the expression of feeling, and in how to portray that visually.

My paintings depict individual men, but they aren't portraits. The men inhabit a particular place, but it isn't real. It's an interior territory, where things are and are not what they seem. The paintings are like stages, and the men who inhabit them are the actors. The reality lies in the emotional core of this world, intensely felt but highly contained. My model Lorenzo called it "emotional purgatory.”

They're a group of anonymous men, but they’re also in some way self-portraits. And perhaps these are worlds of their own making—worlds with edges, and outsides, and unknown terrains beyond, just out of reach. This is the region where desire and doubt, longing and reticence, intimacy and uncertainty coexist. It speaks of absence as much as presence.

Michael Andrews

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A Man who Suddenly Fell Over (1952)

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Portrait of Timothy Behrens (1962)

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The Colony Room I, 1962 - Michael Andrews’s painting of one of 50s and 60s Soho’s most storied drinking dens, the Colony Room, is a who’s who of the art scene. That hot pink collar belongs to Francis Bacon. Artists’ model Henrietta Moraes is centre-stage. A chiselled Lucian Freud looks us straight in the eye. At the bar, Muriel Belcher, the club’s proprietor, strikes a pose.

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Melanie and Me Swimming (1978–9)

Michael Andrews RA (30 October 1928 – 19 July 1995) was a British painter. Michael Andrews played a deaf-mute in Lorenza Mazzetti's Free Cinema film Together, alongside Eduardo Paolozzi (1955). Lorenza Mazzetti (26 July 1927 – 4 January 2020) was an Italian film director, novelist, photographer and painter. In the 2020 novel, Summer by writer Ali Smith, Mazzetti plays a cameo, but significant role. Her life story, as well as reference to her early films, are included.

January 19, 2017 - Narrated by exhibition curator and friend of the artist, Richard Calvocoressi, "Michael Andrews Elusive Painter" introduces the artist and his work, unknown to many, and reveals the curatorial vision behind "Earth Air Water," on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, London through March 25, 2017. This documentary, accompanied by unseen archival material, as well as footage of the only existing filmed documentation of Andrews, is a biographical overview of the late British painter.

Montauk Highway

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Montauk Highway - Willem de Kooning (Netherlands, active United States, 1904-1997) / Holland, 1958

Willem de Kooning, who immigrated to New York City from Rotterdam in 1926, perpetually blurred the boundaries between abstract and representational modes. From 1957 to 1961, de Kooning spent more time in Long Island, away from Manhattan. During this period, he painted a number of suburban parkway landscapes. De Kooning relished the transformation of the terrain from urban to open highway—expanses of concrete, broad fields, and sky—and rendered the experience here in rapid, broad strokes.