Hither and Thighter
November 22 - December 20, 2014
Galerie Trois Points is delighted to present Hither and Thither, the first Montreal solo exhibition by guest artist Luke Painter from November 22nd to December 20th. This new body of work engages with various contemporary and art historical sources, twisting, distorting and translating them through the practice of drawing.
Luke Painter’s work fascinates by its technical virtuosity, by the delicacy of the lines, the richness of the palette as much as the impressive density of references that unfolds before our eyes. With Hither and Thither, the artist explores tensions between numerous art movements while proposing unexpected narratives and formal avenues. Painter juxtaposes images and motifs from different periods, obviously enjoying revisiting architectural and pictorial legacy. Subjects vary from pieces of furniture to landscapes or interior scenes where the lack of any human presence gives the architecture an intriguing gloominess; an uncanniness accentuated by the way the artist plays with scale and perspective.
Painter finds inspiration through various sources, recalling the legacy and vocabulary of expressionist cinema, the intensely coloured lithographs of American landscape artist Peter Hurd or Art Deco patterned textiles from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Each of these historic references have very specific codes of presentation that Painter revisits, juxtaposing them in a single drawing, highlighting the non-linearity of artistic evolution. Color is integral to this exhibition with Painter exploring the often surreal and vibrant choices in early hand-printed methods like engraving and chromolithography.