15/09/2022 - 15/10/2022
New Work - Painting
Paul Barlow - Superfluids
Tue-Fri: 11-6pm; Sat: 11-5pm
"Walking along the River Thames to Paul Barlow’s studio in Woolwich, I found peculiar parallels between the deep ridges in the mud along the riverbank, and the blooming halos of the artist’s paintings. Yet while Barlow’s paintings are reminiscent of forms in nature, they are infused with aspects of a world beyond the naked eye.
To make these paintings, Barlow layers thin washes of diluted acrylic paint, creating veils of colour that are then disrupted by the brush. As the water shifts within the weave of the canvas, the images arise autonomously. When Barlow leaves the studio at night, there is no guarantee of what he will find the next day.
When asked where his paintings might go next, Barlow rejects any certainty. He projects the sense that something is compelling him to chase these shapes, moving towards expansion but also to a level of absurdity. ‘Really my process isputting paint on the canvas and taking it off again’, he laughs. And while this may be true, it is a statement that reflects the magic of Barlow’s practice, and painting more broadly."