Summer Picks at Plus One Gallery

Plus One Gallery
Jun 8, 2017 3:12PM

A quick round up of our picks for summer!

'Contemplation', Oil on canvas, 206 x 140 cm

Ricardo Cinalli

Born: Santa Fe, Argentina.
Lives: London, UK.

Amongst his public commissions he painted frescoes in the Londersborough Room in Alexandra Palace, Vintners Place in the City of  London, the Argentinian Embassy and the main altar in the Chiesa del  Redentore, Brixton.

He has created the set designs for Les Parents Terribles by Jean  Cocteau for the National Theatre, London (1996), Daphnis and Chloe by  Maurice Ravel at the Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro (1998) and Le  Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. Amongst his projects  is the design for Cinderella at the Royal Opera House in London.

Northern Sky', Pencil on paper, 49 x 74 cm

Paul Cadden

Born: 1964. Glasgow, Scotland.
Lives: Scotland, UK.

Paul Cadden maintains that hyper-realism is about more than  representing reality in a new medium. It is, instead, about creating the  illusion of a new reality - one that merges a believable, life-like  appearance with emotional, social, cultural, and political themes.

In his own words, his creations "intensify the normal”, and he does  this to great effect in his arrestingly exquisite pencil drawings.

'Venetian Interlude', Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 107 cm

Barry Oretsky

BORN: 1946. Ontario, Canada.

LIVES: Ontario, Canada.

For sheer descriptive power, Barry  Oretsky’s paintings are hard to beat. More than that, their power of  perception is in the service of acute social observation, verging on  revelation.  His pictures have the force of a paradox.  He describes the  physical reality of the work with such intensity and blazing clarity  that it becomes peculiarly “metaphysical” – uncanny.  In other words,  what seems like a coolly realized, casually observed, all too familiar  scene, is subliminally charged – unexpectedly fraught with odd emotional  significance, which, it turns out, was latent in the scene all along.   For all the apparent neutrality and detachment of his observation,  Oretsky’s pictures communicate a sense of impacted desperation… Indeed,  his work can be taken as contemporary emblematic illustrations of  Thoreau’s famous observation that the mass of men live lives of quiet  desperation.

'Deliberate Arrangements II', Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

Cynthia Poole

BORN: Bulawayo, Zimabwe.

LIVES: London, UK.

Striking and bold, many of Cynthia Poole’s  paintings take as their subject food packaging, sweet wrappers and  chocolate bars; often with a warm nostalgia for the 70s and 80s  confectionery. Liking their vivid colour and strident competitiveness,  she explores the ways in which they complete and clash, and complement  one another. Each one has been designed to draw attention to itself, but  together they make a glorious, confused landscape. The mixed responses  of nostalgia, hunger, and maybe guilt, that can arise from these  objects, are transformed on the canvas into the carnival aspect of  consumer culture.

'A Vacation to Remember', Acrylic on canvas, 147 x 147 cm

Francios Chartier

BORN: 1950. Montreal, Canada.

LIVES: Montreal, Canada.

One of Chartier’s most striking subjects is that of childhood  memorabilia crowded together and painted larger-than-life in his unique  airbrush technique. Looking at his paintings can be a nostalgic joy as  familiar characters from Batman to Corky are half-hidden among the  colourful chaos. Yet it is not just that his works sparkle with a  certain humour, because they are also bathed in a magical light.

From coloured glass and marbles, to glossy metals and plastics, the  paintings are a  journey to understand reflective and transparent  surfaces, and to convey his sense of wonder and intrigue over them.

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