Olympia Fine Art & Antiques FairJune 20 - 27, 2018

Jean-Paul Riopelle's ‘Sans titre' was executed during a period of transition in his stylistic output. Having previously painted using the method of action painting synonymous with Jackson Pollock, Riopelle turned towards more conventional painting techniques. Sans titre, while bearing many of the hallmarks of a certain American Abstract Expressionist style, reveals a more methodical process where saturated colour is built up in layers and applied using a palette knife. However, as a work on paper he could not afford to use such heavy impastos as was his practice in oil painting. ‘Sans titre' perhaps represents the introduction of a new aesthetic where the sheer weight of paint had to be reduced due the very nature of the medium. The manifestation of this is apparent as areas of paper remain exposed; creating a void that brings passages of calm to the frenetic movement around it.
The subsequent effect is a visual patchwork of vibrant, luminous colours that are brought together harmoniously despite the seemingly energetic and free technique. By the mid to late 1950s Riopelle was at his peak – his understanding of the application of paint and the diversity of sources for his inspiration (from deep Canadian forests to post-war Paris) produced a magnificent body of work in the years running up to his prolific, but less interesting, 1960s output.

Olympia Fine Art & Antiques FairJune 20 - 27, 2018

Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair

Stand C18

For the first time in a long while we will be exhibiting at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair. We have chosen to exhibit an interesting and carefully curated selection of works by British, European and American artists from the mid-20th century. As well as including a few important individual artworks by artists such as Joan Mitchell and Fernand Leger, we will be focussing on exhibiting interesting groups of works by artists such as Dennis Creffield (a mainstay of our Borough Group shows), the abstract painters John Wells and George Dannatt, and the Scottish painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Most of these will be priced at between £2,000 to £30,000.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dodd (+44 7860 313 633) or Jamie Anderson (+44 7786 740906).