On Sunday the 29th of october Galerie Bart is opening the unique duo exhibition of Frans van Tartwijk and Lawrence James Bailey.
Frans van Tartwijk’s work consists largely of small and studious paintings of human figures. Sometimes just one, other times in a group or a pare. He works in a style that is both realistic and cartoonesque and he uses concentrated but also distorting colors. Van Tartwijk’s starting points are familiar situations that have undergone such a change, twist and simplification that the original meaning seems to have gone missing. The absurd state, poses and body language of the people in his paintings are often humorous but also very melancholy
Lawrence James Bailey’s latest series explores the divide between nature and society by reframing idealized rural areas as bleak, almost dystopic places inhabited by unseen communities. Although Bailey rarely depicts cities in his artwork he constantly hints at their presence through visual cues such as electronic pylons, abandoned cars or empty beer cans which act as stand-ins for negative attributes commonly associated with urban sprawls. By exaggerating these issues to the point of irony Bailey critiques attitudes that champion preindustrial or parochial lifestyles while presenting the modern world as an inescapable reality that deserves consideration rather than scorn. (Tom Coggins)
Exhibition: from the 29th of October until the 24th of December 2017
At Galerie Bart
Waalbandijk 14c, Nijmegen