Blues, Legs, Pools
October 3 – November 10, 2013
The exhibition is the artist’s first major exhibition in Europe and consists of eleven new paintings. They are a selection of both figurative and abstract motifs. During most recent years Ridley Howard has gone from making portraits of nudes and couples to additionally making paintings which focus more exclusively on geometric abstraction. He was the first person to be granted a solo exhibition in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellowship. He travelled to Italy where 20th century painters such as Antonio Donghi, Felice Casorati and Gino Severini inspired him and the new body of work.
[Says Howard:] “I love the scope of their work, ranging from classical figuration, to futurism, to Bauhaus-like abstraction. Seeing unexpected connections between different ways of thinking about painting really influenced new directions in my work. It’s also interesting to see how 20th century Italian painting absorbed ideas and styles from other places and morphed it into something else. That seems related to the way a lot of painters think today.”
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