25/05/2023 - 25/06/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Chris Rivers - PORTAL

Mon-Sat: 10-6pm

Pontone Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by British painter, Chris Rivers. This is a series of large-scale, exuberant works in which the artist deploys the materiality of paint to make images of otherworldly, stellar landscape. These fantastical scenes are rendered in a sumptuous palette of rich colour and a welter of expressive, gestural handling.

"Within all this galactic turmoil Rivers carefully introduces small figures, often astronauts, who establish a sense of monumental scale. They are subsumed in fiery, elemental vortices of turbulent paint, carried through time and space, desperate voyagers in an alien world. Rivers seems keen to emphasise human vulnerability and at the same time hail the pioneering spirit. His tiny protagonists exist on the edge of the sublime, in awe of the terrifying universe surrounding them. In this respect Rivers can be seen as an inheritor of the ‘apocalyptic’ tradition of British, nineteenth-century Romantic painter, John Martin."


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