Sunday, 11 May 2014

Peter Joseph at Lisson

It's a shame as I only saw this exhibition at Lisson the day before it closed but I thoroughly enjoyed these new paintings by Peter Joseph. For a number of reasons they were startling and certainly more arresting than the trite show in their other space. As acknowledged in the gallery's text it has taken Peter Joseph 30 years to finally break away from the restraint of formal, geometric, hard-edged, paintings. The fragility of these new structures, the wash application and the palette make them tender but the Spartan simplicity is bold and the combination sings. It is notable that Peter Joseph is "one of only a handful of artists to show in the first year of the Lisson Gallery in 1967 (alongside Derek Jarman and Dom Sylvester Houédard among others), Peter Joseph is the gallery’s longest serving artist. This will be his fifteenth exhibition at Lisson Gallery."
Blue with Light Green

Blue Orange Dark Violet

Green Blue and Red Brown

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