paul mcdevitt: running on woollen legs at stephen friedman

19 September 2011 § Leave a comment

I must admit I have a soft spot for Paul McDevitt. At home I have two immaculate landscape drawings in coloured pencil which deserve repeated viewings. Improbable geometric shapes and strange perspectives have been inserted in to a mountain landscape – he plays with convention and questions traditional views.

In Running… McDevitt works in a much larger scale than usual. Again questioning authenticity and the notion of artist as genius he here combines the modernism of  Piet Mondrian with lower art forms like cartoons. The clearly recognisable De Stijl grids are interspersed with the white gloved hand reminiscent of Disney’s Goofy. Careful painting is combined with silk screen printing.

In the current era of austerity these large canvases are also priced at a remarkably low level. At just £4 to 6,000 they seem like pretty good value. Well worth a look.

Thumb (above)  is available from A Kick Up The Arts at £2400.

Paul McDevitt: Running on Woollen Legs at Stephen Friedman Gallery until 1 October 2011.

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