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The William Turner Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition for Casper Brindle. Recent Works will include bold, new iterations of Brindle’s signature Strata pieces and will introduce a brand new series of paintings on linen.
Brindle’s newest body of work evolved from the otherwordly, Aura paintings that he debuted in early 2017. Sharing the central form of an enigmatic bar of metallic leaf, the new works diverge from their pearl-white predecessors with their richly saturated colors. Painted on linen rather than panel, the surfaces are stained with gradients that radiate from light to dark, as if the beacon-like central form is emitting light and pulsating with it. The nuanced application of paint invokes the meditative and emotional quality of Rothko, while the use of gold and silver leaf recall sacred Byzantine icon paintings. Enshrouded by brilliant color, the metallic bars become even more pronounced, their monolithic presence inspiring a quiet reverence. Color and structure become inseparable as the viewer is drawn deep into the picture plane, left to ponder the mysterious imagery that the artist has presented.
Emerging from a history of innovative West Coast artists, who pioneered the Finish Fetish and Light and Space movements, Brindle has mastered the industrial materials at his disposal – airbrush, auto paints, resin, wood. Borrowing tools and techniques from the industrial complex of California car culture, Brindle applies paint to the surface of his Strata paintings in multiple layers of fine airbrush sprays. The high gloss, resin finishes appear to liquify the shimmering stratums of color beneath and the effect is intoxicating. Atmospheric gradations of color are encased in hardened surfaces in a constant push and pull between depth, light and texture. Capturing the effect of light purely with color is where Brindle excels as a painter. Immersing the viewer into luminous, chromatic fields, these paintings transcend the representational suggestion of land and sea, evoking something more elemental, like vast & infinite horizons rushing across time and space.