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Russell Chater

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My works often explore spaces and states that could be said to be ‘between’ or ‘beyond’ and are executed in a range of media. A vocabulary of imagery and materials has emerged over the years and works invariably employ both a minimal palette and use of form.

Whitewashed windows have long held a fascination. In addition to continuing ongoing interests in display and concealment, they seem to me to speak of both the poetic and formal concerns of painting, i.e: sign and symbol; gesture and mark making; the frame and grid; surface; transience - and the need to leave a trace.

Often straddling the boundaries between drawing, painting and photography, works allude to both art history (e.g: abstract expressionism; minimalism…) and the high street (e.g. graffiti; vacant/transitional premises…).

Works might variously aim to heighten the ‘spiritual’ evocations of these windows (not least through the use of light) or, for example in more recent pieces, play with text and symbol to create dialogue and interplay both within and between the works. Ultimately the works (all works?) act as memento mori.

Oscillating between a series of contradictions (the impulsive and the considered; the expansive and the intimate; the figurative and the abstract; the crude and the poetic...), a complex simplicity is aimed for: elementals to resonate with the viewer.



Russell Chater
London
United Kingdom
Europe


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