TIM KENT THE BEST OF TIMES, 1ST – 20TH November 2010

9th December 2011

       

EXHIBITION DATES:

2 PARK WALK, LONDON, SELECTED WORKS 1ST – 6TH NOVEMBER 2010

MONCRIEFF-BRAY GALLERY, PETWORTH, FULL EXHIBITION 9TH- 20TH NOVEMBER 2010 

New York artist, Tim Kent  returns to England with a major exhibition which revolves around his fascination with interior spaces and the people who inhabit them.  This collection of paintings ranges from the spectacular interiors of Stately homes like Chatsworth, Castle Howard, Bowhill House and Drumlanrig Castle  to intimate interiors where we feel we have been invited as voyeurs into a private world overlaid with hidden meanings and complex emotions.

New York artist, Tim Kent  returns to England with a major exhibition which revolves around his fascination with interior spaces and the people who inhabit them.  This collection of paintings ranges from the spectacular interiors of Stately homes like Chatsworth, Castle Howard, Bowhill House and Drumlanrig Castle  to intimate interiors where we feel we have been invited as voyeurs into a private world overlaid with hidden meanings and complex emotions.

The historic interiors give full-scope to Kent’s outstanding ability to absorb and manipulate grand architectural spaces and to create illusionistic and superbly painted interiors.  He has taken on such architectural giants as Vanbrough and Wyatville, yet Kent brings his own interpretation to these majestic spaces.  While the interiors appear real, often the architecture is subtly distorted as Kent exploits the tension between reality and illusion, manipulating light and perspective.  People are absent but the spirit of generations of owners is palpably present.

In his more intimate interiors the figures take on a central role, Kent describes himself as: ‘A semantic voyeur of people and a manic semiologist of things’  He is interested in the nature of people behind closed doors and the private interiors where they consume those lives. ‘I often use figures as visual cues to characterize the complex emotional states that a person experiences alone, or in relationship with another’, explains Kent.

Figures are the key protagonists in his domestic interiors, they are caught off their guard as if frozen from a play or film. ‘ When there are no figures present the focus becomes the value of objects, whether sentimental or crass, by which people surround and inevitably define themselves. I am interested in the play of signifiers. The spectator can see my paintings as frozen moments from a play or a film, looking onto little stages of time and space in which I depict the issues that continue to fascinate me as an artist, a man, a citizen, a sign’, he continued.