Given the trenchant nature of much of contemporary art practice, it is refreshing to find an artist with Michael Hyam’s ability and commitment to his chosen subject matter.
Michael’s intense involvement with each painting is evident in the carefully worked surfaces and the limited number of works he produces. Whilst remaining faithful to the tradition of figurative painting Michael employs a resolutely contemporary approach to his style of work. The combined application of different media such as oil, pastel, graphite, gold-leaf and collage all lend richness to his work that adds depth to the overall image.
The works succeed in creating tension through a subtle balance of fluidity and detail– the free-flowing backgrounds complement the more formal and finely drawn subjects. In this way Michael achieves an opening up of space– space that is charged with atmosphere. Careful placement of the image and unusual formats lend the works a fragmentary nature which in turn emphasizes the timeless quality already present in the painted surface.
16 September - 25 September 2015
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