Private View: BARRY REIGATE | PLAY WORKS

< Previous | Main | Next >

8th Oct 2009




PARADISE ROW - BARRY REIGATE | PLAY WORKS

  

Comprising of paintings, sculptures and drawings, Barry Reigate's exhibition presents a riotous, chaotic, carnivalesque universe in which depraved cartoonish creatures, hyper-violent and clearly on heat, cavort, playing malevolently with their pudenda as well as with signs, forms and references.

In the paintings inhabitants from the studios of Disney and Warner Brothers collide in a painterly netherworld that recalls the jackdaw style of Basquiat.

In a highly moving subtext, intelligible only with knowledge of the highly private, autobiographical facts that I am about to tell you, the works mainline straight into the personal history of the artist. As a child Reigate was largely taught to draw by his identically named father, Barry James Reigate, imprisoned, at the time, in Wandsworth Prison, who used to send Barry Jr. postcards dotted with the figures of Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse and so on. From an early age, then, Reigate (Jr.), associated art and creativity with escape, an association Reigate has sought to deepen in his adult years. Accordingly all these works vividly demonstrate Reigate's commitment to stupidity and fun as the primary impulse and final purpose of art making but also attempt to serve as puerile metaphors for the dynamics of power within human societies. 

Barry Reigate's works have been chosen for the Saatchi Gallery collection.

Article Image
Daddy's New Girlfriend Stinks, 2008
Article Image
From Behind Don't Look Back, Recession, 2008
Article Image
Impending Blindness, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article Image
Daddy No, 2009
     
Article Image
The Apprentice (ABC), 2009
     
Article Image
Lamp Shoes, 2009








 

 



PLAY | 9 October - 3 November 2009 50 Upper Brook Street | Mayfair | London

 

Contact for private view:

Manuela Volaescusa |  0044 (0) 20 7613 3311

 

Contacts for sales inquiries:

Nick Hackworth | 0044 (0) 7939 150 774

Lauren Prakke | 0044 (0) 7786135999