Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Studio Visits: Alison Berry, Julian Hatton

Alison Berry: most recent painting. She has been omitting some of the intensive detail of her previous work
and "letting color and shape take over."

She invents her topographies, creating a cartography of imagination.
This painting has a beautiful color range...and look at the value structure! She is a beautiful composer.

An earlier work, that might recall some of the structural elements in Joyce Kozloff.
Yet this work would look great with artists Robert Walden, Mike Childs and Robert Landsen
(Robert Henry Fine Art (56 Bogart St., Bushwick)

A wall of Alison Berry. I love the dynamism of her rectangles.
Link to Alison Berry's website
Julian Hatton. He has been working a range of sizes, playing with paint applications and 'flat and full' forms.
In this small painting (24 x 24?) there is a fine, brushy scumble passing over a copse of trees.

The value structure of these works is built with full chroma-- so elegant.

Small "painting-drawings" Hatton has developed to limber up for larger works.

A blurry image of a wonderful painting. A transparent red splash establishes the foundation; structure is built with opaque color and form. This painting features a thrilling and truly strange deep green, yellow and blue color combination. Traversing his spaces, it comes as no surprise Hatton has a Chinese scroll near the studio. He is no stranger to the pathways therein.

Another, small "painting-drawing," around 10 x 12 as a guess for size.
My favorite 'sketch,' for its abandon and mark, in which the brush stops and pivots.

A large landscape and small drawing-painting to the left. Horribly over-exposed. It reminds me of Picasso's "Night Fishing at Antibes" at MoMA (1939) in its coloration--but there is more depth and density here, summoning Matisse, among others.

A knockout big painting--loose, free, full of energy, as if Cezanne and Marsden Hartley had collaborated.

In the studio, a sense of scale.
Link to Julian Hatton's website

Picasso, Night Fishing at Antibes, 1939, oil on canvas. Collection MoMA. 6 feet 9 inches x 11 feet 4 inches

Night Fishing at Antibes, MoMA Multimedia Audio link

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