2 October – 16 November 2019
Blain|Southern is delighted to announce Michael Simpson, New Paintings, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the London gallery. Simpson presents a significant body of new work including a group of large-scale Squint paintings.
Michael Simpson (b.1940 Dorset, UK) is an artist whose practice is characterised by a reduced palette and distinctive, artistic vocabulary in which Benches, Confessionals and Squints are recurring motifs explored in ongoing series of works. Whilst Simpson’s apparent subject is the infamy of religious history and the politics of belief, these subjective references provide only a subtext for his principal subject: the mechanics of painting.
A ‘leper squint’ is a feature built into the walls of medieval churches which allowed sufferers of leprosy and other ‘undesirables’ to view sermons while remaining outside. In Simpson’s paintings the squint appears as a rectangular aperture placed high up on outer walls with various architectural means to reach it. They invite the viewer to approach yet their structure frustrates the desire to see what might lie beyond.
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