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Richard Wathen Solo Show 2011


  • Max Wigram Gallery 106 New Bond St London, W1S 1SX United Kingdom (map)

Appearing at once both contemporary and historical, and intriguingly titled Man Whose Head Expanded, a seemingly young man with neat blue hair and wearing a classical tunic stares out from a plain lilac background; in another painting – Man Whose Head Diminished – a face disturbingly similar to the first but older and wearing a multi-coloured Elizabethan-style ruff seems to emerge out of the canvas. Together the    images play on contrasting ideas of self-belief.

Richard Wathen's new show for Max Wigram Gallery comprises his disturbing, anatomically distorted and isolated self-portraits that reflect on time and age, art history and studio painting. His paintings draw inspiration from a variety of periods, mixed with disguised, self-fashioned autobiographic references.  Wathen considers his paintings to be manifestations of something previously unconsidered brought into view.

Earlier Event: November 19
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Later Event: December 2
MOCA Permanent Collection