New work by Wieland Payer created especially for The Drawing Room will go on display at the House of St Barnabas, as part of the club’s exclusive art programme,The Collective. Organised by Lucy Newman Cleeve (Man&Eve Projects: manandeve.co.uk) and Annabel Cary (annabelcary.com)
Other galleries also launching new exhibitions on 5 February at this not-for-profit members’ club include: Stephen Friedmann Gallery (presenting Paul McDevitt), Dark Matter Studio (Peter Blake) and TAG Fine Arts (Katsutoshi Yuasa), amongst others.
Born in Efurt, Germany in 1981, Wieland Payer is best known for his intricate drawings in charcoal and pastel depicting mountains and woodland. His work originates from close dialogue with German Romanticism, being concerned with the monumental presence of natural phenomena. Payer’s landscapes contain abstract geometric objects and are full of visual paradoxes that remove them from the realm of actual experience.
Payer’s objects and landscapes resist easy deciphering: they are set in a time that is neither future, present nor past; the landscape is familiar and strange, seductive and hostile. The six new works in this exhibition have been drawn on boards covered in a pastel ground coat. The pigment is light-fast and fixed with the ground, giving the work a durability akin to oil on canvas.
Biography: Wieland Payer studied at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle; Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome; and at the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Das Unendliche im Endlichen, Romantik und Gegenwart at the Kunstsammlung Jena and Abseits vom Getose der Welt at Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt.
Payer’s work is held in prominent collections throughout Europe: the Bundesumweltministerium, Berlin; Stiftung für christliche Kunst, Wittenberg; Klingspor Museum, Offenbach; neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz and the Royal College of Art, London.
Viewing by appointment: please contact Lucy Newman Cleeve on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07753 678344 to arrange a viewing. Exhibition run: 5 February–10 June, 2016
Venue details: House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ. Tube: Tottenham Court Road. Opening hours of club: Mon-Fri 8am to 1am; Sat noon–1am; Sunday closed.