The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, July 1, 2022


Exhibition at JD Malat brings together Andrew Litten's recent figurative paintings
Andrew Litten, Liminal Stage, 2021. Oil on canvas, 74 3/4 x 110 1/4 in. 190 x 280 cm.



LONDON.- In 2020 Gallery Founder Jean-David Malat organised an open call exhibition entitled Isolation Mastered specifically to support emerging artists across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cornish painter Andrew Litten was one of the first artists chosen for the exhibition. The selection committee was unanimously impressed with his paintings. The members - key figures in the art world - felt that through his work Litten had captured the physical and emotional fragility exposed by the pandemic in a raw and visceral way. During the exhibition last July, Litten’s work clearly struck a chord with the visitors as well, so consequently the gallery offered him a solo show.

Entitled Fragile Together, the exhibition brings together Litten’s recent large-scale figurative paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works on paper presenting a multi-faceted body of work that reflects our shared human vulnerability. Author, critic and curator Anna McNay described Litten’s work in Studio International as “unsettling images, frequently depicting liminal states, or a vortex of raw emotions, set in a nightmarish realm of distorted technicolour.”

Andrew Litten cites the poetry of Louise Bourgeois as one of the key influences behind Fragile Together and discusses his thinking behind it: “The work itself is intended to be unguarded, full of raw nerves and emotionally varied.” He says. “I look to create art that speaks of the love, anger, loss, personal growth and the private confusions we all experience in our lives. Where our vulnerability is made apparent, there is then a potential to relate to others. I want this exhibition to nurture a life affirming sense of our shared humanity and encourage wider readings of compassion. Empathy is powerful.”

Fragile Together aims to express complex states of our contemporary condition and convey shared anxieties of our troubled times such as parenting in the pandemic, alcohol or drug dependency, grief, and mental health issues. Litten is inspired by the commonplace, stimulated by the many objects in his studio and by the activity of art making, assembling, collaging, scoring texture into surfaces, and manipulating the material qualities of paint.

The varied expressive handling of materials and the wide-ranging subjects denote the artist’s requirement for emotive articulacy. This body of work conveys potential human alienation and neurosis, whilst also reflecting our complicated co-existence. Through intensity, disturbance and agitation, the works in this exhibition aims to encourage readings of compassion. Litten hopes to contribute to the dialogue of developing a kinder society. He says “Through these works I seek to create stories of authenticity and to explore the part of us that wants to care — to compress a sense of endurance of human spirit.”

Fragile Together is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with an introduction written by Laura Gascoigne. View catalogue.

Andrew Litten (b.1970) lives and works in Cornwall, UK. He is a self-taught artist who has exhibited widely in Cornwall and the UK, including at Tate Modern, London. Litten’s work has also been exhibited in Germany; Poland; Italy; China; Mexico; USA; and Australia. Litten’s work is in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum USA; The Royal Cornwall Museum, UK; The Priseman Seabrook Collection, UK; and the Falmouth Art Gallery Collection, UK. Litten is a nominated member of the Newlyn Society of Artists; and the Contemporary British Painting group. His work has been published in Studio International Magazine. Fragile Together is Litten’s first solo show in London.










Today's News

May 12, 2021

Exhibition at JD Malat brings together Andrew Litten's recent figurative paintings

Egypt discovers 250 tombs, 4,200 years old

Eli Wilner uses crowdfunding for museum frame restoration program

The Embassy of Libya, the British Museum and HMRC collaborate to return a rare, ancient funerary statue

MSU Broad Art Museum presents world premiere musical performances in "Songs From the Deep" virtual event

Hindman to present biannual Antiquities & Ancient Art Auction this May

Partygoers on the art circuit end their hibernation

Maya Lin's new installation confronts climate change at Mad Sq Park

Lyon & Turnbull's spring Design series: Four auctions - two cities - thousands of bidders

Painter and printmaker Peri Schwartz passes away at age 69

Christie's Amsterdam announces highlights included in the Post War and Contemporary online sale

Australasia's premier art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2021 gallery list

Hindman's May Western & Native American Art Auction realizes over $1.6 million & sets new records

The FLAG Art Foundation opens a group exhibition of contemporary paintings and textiles

A rare Tiffany building owned by a nonprofit may be sold

A piece of music will speak once more. For 26 hours.

Parrasch Heijnen opens an exhibition of new work by Maysha Mohamedi

Pink pond to invite visitors to ponder our future

Lyon & Turnbull to offer a porcelain breakfast service made to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers announces online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction

Currently on exhibition: A selection of Alice Neel and David Hockney prints to be offered at Bonhams

Christie's Paris announces highlights included in its Old Masters sale

London launches tourism campaign as Covid restrictions ease

The rarest issue in the Irish unofficial farthing sells for almost £3,000 at Dix Noonan Webb

Best Online Slots Game in Malaysia

Best online casinos in Australia

Valorant Agent Roles: Controllers Overview

How Time Spent Outdoor In A Garden Can Be Beneficial For Your Health!

Five Tips For Becoming A More Productive Artist

Predictive Lead Scoring: the Future of B2B Sales

Daily rate of premium Victor dog food

Stylish Interior Design Ideas To Improve Your Life




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful