International 2009 Archives
Simon Keenleyside, Safe in the magic of my world
Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples (Italy)
In his new paintings, the English artist Simon Keenleyside continues to explore the places where he had grown up and where he still lives nowadays : Essex, England.
Simon Keenleyside depicts these places with an astonishing ability to disclose the mystery and ambiguity around them ; in his paintings he evokes not only physical places, but also mental states, desires and the anxieties that accompany him during his trips to discover the territory.
Most of the theses of his works are the elements-
In the new paintings, the artist re-
Exhibition 12 November 2009 -
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The result is given by the use of the fluorescent paint which characterizes the whole structure of his work.
In the works by Keenleyside, the materiality of the painting is always prominent ; the act to add and to remove matter, to fill and to hide what has already been painted, contributes to the creation of a world full of surprises, where the painting goes beyond the matter and becomes landscape itself. The landscape is, thus, turned into a place where familiarity merges with dreamlike visions, and the transcendent beauty of a place -