14/09/2023 - 01/10/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Rosalind Howdle - Press Close Magnetic Night

Wed-Sun: 11-6pm

"Figuration is alive. The constant metamorphoses of painting mimic processes of biology, processes that run as a current through Howdle’s work: evolution, reproduction, self-repair. She paints growth: a germinating seed, a splitting chromosome. Emergent forms exist between the botanical and the animal, the microscopic and the cosmic.

Some painters position their investigations within the metaphysical space: a space that allows paintings to hover somewhere in non-reality, giving them agency to form metaphor and comment retrospectively on our world. Whilst working within this dimension, Howdle has further allowed her paintings to join the universal evolutionary passage as they themselves seem to grow from the picture plane like electric flowers, or float across it like bioluminescence, with colour and form multiplying across the surface like cells, or birthed stars.


- Exhibition text by Billy Parker, with quotations from Rosalind Howdle.


Oval 72 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6BH