|Stephen Rothschild exhibition at Lemonstreet Gallery|
|Date:||04-11-2008 - 28-11-2008|
|Time:||8:00 - 17:00|
Stephen Rothschild defies the trend towards "concept" that is so evident in contemporary artistic practice. He is bound to the ancient art of painting - that difficult, messy, physical and largely solitary business. Painting is for Rothschild a compulsion that is at once exhilarating, mysterious, frustrating and anxiety-provoking.
The work in this exhibition is concerned with paint, surface and a coming together of the abstract with an occasionally recognizable image. Canvases are richly layered, scraped, scratched and attacked. Colours and images appear, disappear and reappear. The palette is subtle, the surfaces satisfyingly sinewy and substantial.
A complex history lies beneath the tactile finished surfaces of these works. Paintings that seem calming may upon closer examination unsettle the viewer. They are created to the sounds of music or during long periods of silence and concentration. Images, marks and colours are suggested by fragments of sound, or are gathered from scraps of newspapers, or are evoked by unconnected phrases half heard on afternoon wireless broadcasts.