Echoes and Reflections

David Crone RHA

16 Nov, 2016 - 21 Dec, 2016
For a painter as accomplished and prolific as David Crone RHA, this retrospective exhibition Echoes and Reflections held in his seventy- ninth year, can only hope to scratch the surface of a remarkable body of work. Crone’s work is abstract in nature while also containing figurative and landscape elements. His paintings are animated by visual tensions, rhythms and encounters. Through the activity of laying down and pursuing the painted mark, the artist registers points of recognition – figurative fragments, window reflections and refractions, all- embracing security barriers and enclosures.
In his work, the city transposes itself in and out of the figure, as daily acts of urban transubstantiation. People, buildings, barriers are in a constant state of flux, and there are no fixed events, no resting narratives, only movement. Crone has said: ‘As a source I look at the day to day experience of people about their own business in the streets, in buses, in trains, inside and outside buildings. The environment shows that more violent happenings are taking place. It is patched up and somehow made to work. It is the resulting juxtapositions, which I find fascinating’. Recently, Crone has become less concerned with environment, preferring close-ups of heads and figures. This work leans towards abstraction, but never jettisons figurative residue – a facial profile, a hand, a delineated arm. At it’s most abstract and melancholic; these paintings recall symbolist imagery rather than expressionist anger. Joy for Crone is in the pleasure of using paint. This emotion, however, seldom infects the disposition of the characters, who often appear weighted with a collective depression – heads bowed or introspective, when indeed a facial expression can be read. This movement has been accompanied by an increased tendency to paint in acid shades of lemons, blues and greens, with dappled and mottled patterns appearing in light and dark.
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    16 Nov, 2016 - 21 Dec, 2016
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    Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00 Wednesday Late Opening: 11.00 – 20.00
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