The gallery is pleased to announce the opening - on Thursday, 16 March - of an exhibition of recently completed paintings by the American colorist, Donald McLaughlin. The forthcoming exhibition will be the artist's seventh one-person show with Howard Scott.
All of the works which will compose the forthcoming exhibition are of relatively intimate scale - primarily two feet in height and twenty inches in width. McLaughlin states that they were initially inspired by Ovid's tales of mythic transformations. Although many of the works contain lines or geometric elements which subdivide the composition, flowing, curvilinear shapes and forms which evoke both pastoral landscape and botanical structures dominate the mood of the majority of the works.
Because of the specific physicality of McLaughlin's painting process, he has long thought of his paintings as possessing an inhabitable space. In the recent works, he has contradicted a reading of deep, illusional space by certain means - importantly including one or more passages in which he has scraped down the still adaptable pigment to reveal the stained weave of the canvas support, while - inches away - building up layers of paint to achieve a topographical surface. His concise explanation of this duality is that "these are worlds where excess and absence inhabit the same picture plane".
He has spoken recently about the urge to scumble - the dragging of a paint-loaded brush across the surface of a painting to make a mark, through which the viewer can read other colors. [ This is - for him - a radically different approach to achieving the seeing of color through color which he accomplished to brilliant effect earlier in his career by slowly creating a lacquer-like surface via building up veil-like layers of a dark hue through which the viewer could glimpse brilliant hues below. ]
Donald McLaughlin began exhibiting publicly in his native Wilmington, Delaware in 1978. His work was included in thematic exhibitions in many U.S. museums and university galleries during the 1980s and 90s and is included in a number of important private and corporate collections in this country.