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Painters’ Painters – Saatchi Gallery

Raffi Kalenderian

The work displayed in this exhibition by Kalenderian was definitely bold and eye-catching. This was primarily due to the incredibly large scale that he creates his pieces in but also because of the beautiful vivid, colours he uses. Colour is such a dominant element of all of his pieces, not just these three, ‘Dasha (Chelsea Hotel)’, ‘Highlanders’, and ‘Spirit Guides and Sunflowers’, as they work to emphasise key motifs or aspects in the scene that he is trying to highlight or shine a light on to the audience. The amazing lines present work to create the most hypnotizing aesthetic. Up close and personal, the use of the medium of oil paints makes every stroke that much more striking and full of depth, as this introduces the most amazing texture. Although I personally prefer a more life-like approach to be taken to characters, as I really love to see the detail in portraiture and am truly amazed at the skill some people have for scale, proportionality etc. his more ‘cartoon-esque’ technique is very fitting with his style in terms of the image as a whole.

 

David Salle

These three pieces by Salle, ‘Bigger Rack’, ‘Mr. Lucky’, and ‘Mingus in Mexico’ all showcase individuality within the work, whilst greatly representing the style of the artist simultaneously. Again, the use of oil paints works to introduce many layers to the work and really draw the viewer in. Searching for a connection between all of the elements is something that is very much at the forefront of all of these pieces, symbolically and that is something that really excites me personally. Different techniques are used in each piece in order to bring depth to the work through layering; in the first its through a ‘joiner-esque’ approach (made famous by artist and photographer David Hockney), in the second its splitting up the canvas with individual scenes to come together to represent a whole, and in the final piece its through adopting a ‘pop art’ aesthetic and colour palette to project a message. Visually, these are amazing works of art. I love the rich colours in his pieces, as a true blast projects such strong intensity.

 

Dexter Dalwood

Dexter Dalwood has been an artist that I have admired for a long time. My sister and I found the band Nirvana in high school and you could say they left a mark. ‘Kurt Cobain’s Greenhouse’ was and is to this day one of my favourite pieces of art. I just love the approach Dalwood took to this collection of work, true imagine to mirror representation and a sense of judgment that we all have for idols or heroes. To conjure up a vision of what someone’s space will look like is something that we do all the time so it could arguably seem to be a seen as a ‘non-thought’ so the fact that he used this in the best way: fragmented, structured, and in a collage-esque style is absolutely amazing. His ability to create such definition with his strokes, heightened by his use of colour, particularly to outline an element of his work is present in both ‘Bay of Pigs’ and ‘The Deluge’. This technique works to produce the most beautiful scenes, reminiscent that of film-noir, which is what makes his pieces so bold and captivating.

 

Natasha Perkin

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