Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the inauguration of the solo exhibition by Alan Charlton, Thursday 25 June 2009 at 7.30 pm, the artist will be present.
Faithful to his statement "I am an artist who makes grey paintings" Alan Charlton has been making grey monochromes since the seventies. His pictorial practice aimed at essentiality implies the constant daily confrontation with it, a deliberate skill in the preparation of the frames and canvases performed by the artist himself together with the rigor and research of the composition of the purified form of his monochromes. But the rational construction of the canvases, identifying shapes and sizes, is contrasted by the spontaneous choice of the used colour tone. Once the painting has been undertaken, that particular shade of grey becomes an integral part of the work and this, once finished, gives life to a unique combination of shape, size and colour.
His is a grey painting that confronts the space where it is exhibited, to be understood in an architectural dialogue with it. In the text of the catalogue of Alan Charlton's solo exhibition at the Museum Kurhaus in Kleve, Roland Monig specifies "how space acts on paintings, paintings act on space with equal vehemence." In fact, Alan Charlton's interventions allow us to see space in a totally different and new way. The sculptural quality of his painting has a decisive part to play in this process. And it is in this direction that Alan Charlton's work not only questions the colour, the shapes or the substance of the painting but also investigates the relationship between the person and the painting itself.
The five works by the artist, all composed of different canvases, for his new solo exhibition of the artist at the Alfonso Artiaco gallery will interpret the space in a site specific way.
Born in Sheffield in 1948. Lives and works in London.