Private View 27th June 6 - 9pm
Open 28th June - 13th July 2013
Andrew Kinsman is one of those fortunate people who are very talented indeed practioners in more than one art form. As well as being a hugely accomplished artistwith a burgeoning career, he is also a very successful saxophonist, performing with some very big names such as Noel Gallagher and Kasabian.
However recently Andrew has been devoting the bulk of his time to his painting in the build up to his first solo show at Signal and also in response to an extremely prestigious commission from the Royal Mail. The brief for this commission was to paint a large group portrait of the 'Dream Team' to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. The individual players were then featured in a set of commemorative stamps, which were released in May 2013. This has led to a lot of media attention and press interviews for the artist, proving to be an ideal springboard for his first major solo show in London.
The new show is called 'Fragile' and finds the artist exploring a theme that has fascinated him for some time - the painting of bubbles. As well as the technical challenges posed for the painter, Kinsman sees the potent symbolism represented by the beauty and the momentary existence of bubbles, as echoing our own 'fragile' lives. To set the scene for the body of work the artists says - I felt that to have a chance of capturing some worthwhile moments, I would need to escape from my everyday environment. The bubble itself seemed to convey a sense of escapism and ephemeral beauty, so rather than having my subjects visit my studio for a series of formulated images, I decided to relocate to Paris. This relocation helped the artist dislocate from familiar patterns in his own life and seek out a new poetry and meaning in his painting.
In this new body of work, Kinsman's photorealist style has moved away from the purely representational. A wide variety of settings have been used, which creates a richly textured backdrop for the portraits. Some of them have the spontaneous feel of a chance encounter, while others imply a more intense relationship between model and artist. Weaving their delicate way through all the pieces, are the ever-present bubbles.
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