NIGEL BUXTON – Drape – 30 June-18 July, 2020
Nigel Buxton most usually expresses ‘interiors’ or ‘still life’ with a strong sense of his own presence. His gesture, his positioning in the room and the time spent are all very evident. Drapes have long been props within his studio set-up and in these large-scale works they claim deliberate presence in their own right.
In this new exhibition Buxton presents paintings in the tradition of trompe l’oeil. These works, at first glance, persuade us to accept illusion. Paint modelled on flat shaped surface tricks us for a moment into believing we see draped fabric in three dimensions. In smaller rectangular works the flops and folds of fabric curve sensuously within the picture frame.