Robert Holyhead: No movement, no colour

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Robert Holyhead: No movement, no colour


Robert Holyhead: No movement, no colour
to Sat 11 Jan 2020
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Special event:
Artist Talk: Robert Holyhead in conversation with Chris Fite-Wassilak. Thursday 9 January, 6.30pm. RSVP:

Galerie Max Hetzler presents Robert Holyhead’s new body of large-scale paintings in No movement, no colour, the British painter’s first solo exhibition at the London gallery.

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Best known for his conscious, precise, and modestly sized works which demonstrate a highly developed visual language of form and colour interaction, Holyhead’s new group of paintings represent a dramatic increase in scale.

‘As spatial experience or encounters these works function differently – I think the scale has introduced something significantly different but still related. It’s more about feeling ‘in’ the paintings as opposed to outside looking in at observed experience.’ – Robert Holyhead

Created between 2018 and 2019, the large works are relatable in size to both the viewer and spaces they are held in, without losing the intimacy of each composition.

Each work is produced in a single semi-translucent colour, showing visible traces of brushstrokes that operate around precisely defined shapes of immaculate white ground. Created in long single sessions, not unlike durational performances, the paintings evolve from watercolour drawings produced over several weeks or months. During this lead-up, spatial decisions are rigorously tested, and ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ visual components meticulously balanced. Erasure, shown in the lighter sections of the works where oil pigment has been carefully removed, contributes to the active nature of the paintings.

Robert Holyhead (*1974, Trowbridge, UK) lives and works in London. His work has been presented in several solo exhibitions including Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Paris (2014 and 2016); Parts Project, The Hague (2016); PEER, London (2012); and Karsten Schubert, London (2009, 2010, 2012). Selected group exhibitions include Freelands Foundation, London; Skelf, London; No Format, London (all 2019); Annarumma, Naples (2017); Gillmeier Rech, Berlin (2016); RAUMX, London (2015); Ulster Museum, Belfast (2013); Tate Britain, London (2012); and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009). Holyhead’s works are part of several public collections including Arts Council Collection of Great Britain, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Government Art Collection, London and Tate Collection, London.

Robert Holyhead, No movement, no colour at Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 21 November 2019 – 11 January 2020. Photo by Andrew Smart, AC Cooper Ltd. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris | London

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