25/11/2022 - 28/01/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Jake Grewal - Now I Know You I Am Older
Mon-Fri: 11-6pm; Sat: 12-6pm
Thomas Dane Gallery presents Now I Know You I Am Older, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Jake Grewal, curated by Andrew Bonacina.
In Jake Grewal’s paintings and drawings nude figures, nearly always male and often based on the artist’s own image, inhabit verdant forests and woodland landscapes. Unmoored from any specific time or place, Grewal’s dream-like scenes are spaces of desire and projection, where the artist’s exploration of self opens out into narratives surrounding the fractious relationship between human and nature, and the search for an idealised place of queer communion.
Drawing is central to Grewal’s practice. In his charcoal and pencil sketches, images and narratives are slowly brought into focus, often through the insistent repetition of an idea made in different mediums, on varying grounds and scales.
Sketching from Old Master paintings informs the way in which Grewal constructs many of his images, drawing from painters such as Constable, Corot, Degas, and Gauguin; artists for whom a deeply evocative relationship to the natural world was central.
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