02/09/2023 - 30/09/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Laetitia Yhap - Keeping Company

Wed-Sat: 11-6pm

Hales is delighted to announce Keeping Company, Laetitia Yhap’s debut exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition displays work for which Yhap is best known — intricate and inventive paintings of fishermen, each crafted on unusually shaped panels, individually hand made by Yhap for each piece.

The exhibition spans a ten-year period from 1981 to the early 1990s and takes its title from one of Yhap’s most prominent works, Keeping Company, which defines her relationship with the fishing community in the seaside town of Hastings, UK. Although rooted in Hastings, the paintings speak to universal themes of the nature of human relationships, togetherness and loneliness alike, and see the social side of the fishing beach, the moments which are filled with both lively conversation and contemplative labour.

The exhibition highlights Yhap’s ambitious compositions within unique structures — each episode self-contained, shaped into an emblem. The works in the show are made on bed heads, doors, chopping boards and often bound with rope to form an upturned shield or an extended horizon line, while the compositions highlight the influence of Yhap’s travels across Europe, echoing the idea of predellas and the look of frescoes as well as the humanist themes found in Renaissance paintings.


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