London Premiere: Contemporary art @ Gimpel Fils
We were delighted to invite Early Art's old and new friends to our very fist London session on June 2nd at the Gimpel Fils gallery in Mayfair. We enjoyed the work of Michelle Dovey in the solo exhibition "The Colorful Sausage Trees", and delicious breakfast provided by Nordic Bakery. A wonderful morning!
Photo credit: Elin Torstensson
ABOUT THE ARTST
Michelle Dovey was raised in New Zealand but moved to London in 1994 where she continued to live and work. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
For her current exhibition at Gimpel Fils she has created a new range of paintings. Dovey's work is anchored in a study of nature and especially of trees and their branch structure. The work evokes a reference to historical landscape painting, originally with George Stubbs as a key point. Michelle Dovey has studied the use of light in the work of the Dutch Italianate artists, partly influenced by the warmer tones of light depicted in their work evoking Italian light. In recent years, Dovey has shifted between paintings of individual trees and images of woodland, always using colour to reproduce the organic matter that is conjured up by a brilliantly chromatic rendition of wood, woods and trees. Because light is so important to her, Dovey frequently painted observations of dawn on the areas surrounding her home.
The exhibited work, grouped under the title 'Colourful Sausage Trees', show Michelle Dovey at her freest. She has chosen to focus on a single oak, then paint it in various hues and shapes. Dovey's stated aim is not so much to reproduce a tree, this tree, as to use it as a means to conjure up a kaleidoscope of colours, contrasts and juxtapositions of colour, rhythmic repetition and the layered intensity of overlapping paint strokes. Against a mono-colour background, branches dissolve into a riot of colour, pulsing in short bursts and occasionally colliding in a fusion of movement. Dovey states that she starts out with an intuitive feel for the developing work, rather than aiming for a particular finished image but, as the painting progresses, the image becomes more intentional and defined.
ABOUT GIMPEL FILS
Gimpel Fils was founded in 1946 by brothers Charles and Peter Gimpel and Charles’ wife Kay. They added "Fils" in homage to their father René, the dealer and collector whose journal Diary of an Art Dealer was first published in 1966.
Today the gallery remains dedicated to its founding principle of exhibiting both modern and contemporary artists. Initially specialising in sculpture and abstract painting giving Lynn Chadwick, Anthony Caro, Peter Lanyon and Alan Davie their first exhibitions, Gimpel Fils has also worked with some of the most important artists of their generation including Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers.
Since the 1980s film-makers and photographers were introduced to the programme. Current gallery artists working in these fields include Guy Ben-Ner, Corinne Day, Seamus Harahan and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook.
As the avant-garde have become the modern masters, so we continue to balance our commitment of supporting established artists, such as Albert Irvin, along with younger practitioners including Hannah Maybank and Michelle Dovey.