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13 Februay - 22 March 2014

3 TRIANGLE PAINTINGS each acrylic on canvas 234 x 234 cm

Annely Juda Fine Art will be opening an exhibition of recent paintings by Alan Charlton on Thursday

13 February.

Form and process, complete abstraction, the colour grey, spruce pine stretchers, 4.5 cm deep - Charlton

set his own parameters over forty years ago and has followed these personal rules ever since. He looked

for utilitarian, industrial colours that had been mass produced for manufacturing; reds, greens and other

colours were tried before he settled on grey. A colour with few associations, producing little emotional response

beyond the direct experience between painting and viewer. A colour linked to the industrial landscape of his

childhood in Sheffield.

Each layer of paint is sanded producing a grey, velvet texture, a light absorbing uniform surface. This use

of colour asks the viewer to concentrate predominantly on the form, from crosses, rectangles, squares

and their borders to voids within shapes. The space where two canvases meet, 4 corners cut out of a

canvas square, an outline physically painted on the wall. We look at these grey structured shapes and

become aware of how they affect the space beyond their borders. Charlton feels it is

important that the work maintains an honesty to the space it exists in. His paintings change our

relationship to the surrounding architecture, highlighting the areas between the paintings. It forces us to read the

spaces within and around the paintings.

For this exhibition Charlton will be showing an installation of five large Triangle Paintings from 2013 in

the main space on the fourth floor. In our third floor gallery will be a selection of works, which show the

development of his work of the last few years towards the triangular form.

Alan Charlton: • Born 1948 in Sheffield Represented by Annely Juda Fine Art since 1996 solo exhibitions

include: Whitechapel Gallery, London (1972), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1982), Musée d’Art

Moderne, Paris (1989), ICA, London (1991), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (1998) Charles Wollaston Award

for most distinguished work in the Royal Academys Summer Show (2002)

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