04/11/2022 - 15/01/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Andrew Grassie - Looking for something that didn't exist

Wed-Sun: 11-6pm

Maureen Paley is pleased to present the fourth exhibition at the gallery by Andrew Grassie and his first at Studio M.

Grassie’s meticulously detailed egg tempera paintings shape the observer’s experience of looking and interpreting images. His latest group of paintings are informed by repeated visits to the Scottish Highlands over the last two years, specifically to the fabled area around Loch Ness and nocturnal walks within the area. His observations capture the placid waters, outbuildings and forests around the loch and are imbued with the intricacies of solitude found in city architecture as experienced under pools of artificial light.

Working in a deceptively monochromatic palette, Grassie overlays thinly applied veils of complementary colours to achieve a close tonal range that floats between the sensation of day and night, inside and outside – illuminating and obscuring from within. His tightly framed compositions confuse an easily recognised sense of perception, time, and location with a desire to question the reliability of living memory and the readability of the repurposed image.


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