Los Angeles | September 2022
“Blue” oil on salvaged canvas, 6 x 5 inches from early 2000’s - 2022
“Central to this work is a curiosity about atmospheric phenomenon, and spaces that open”
Emma Gray HQ is very happy to present 'the bends’, the first solo exhibition with Emma Gray HQ at Garage no1 with the anonymous artist known as new.shiver, opening September 2022.
The intimately-scaled paintings in 'the bends' are built-up in layers - impasto smears and curves of oil paint across a miniaturized surface often around just 4 x 5 inches in dimension on linen or canvas. Their diminutive scale re enforces their intensity. Jewel-like, lit from within, physical and commanding for their scale. These are reminiscent of the natural world, think sea scapes or a landscape from a lying-in-the-grass-perspective. A pocket of sky or crag of a rock, may pop in here and there.
Central to this work is a curiosity about atmospheric phenomenon, and spaces that open. Aligning in spirit with the poetry of Howard Hodgkin, the color relationships of Michael Toenges, and the slow, dedicated returning of Albert Pinkham Ryder. The process itself is an accumulation of experiments and fascinations that the artist honors as the painting's experience, simply facilitating this exploration until the painting arrives at its own form of wisdom.
New.shiver is an artist living and working in the United States.