Bryan Lavelle ‘Tipping Point’

Bryan’s work is an investigation into the properties of his chosen materials and the process of painting.

Artists who influence and inform his practice include; Ian Davenport, Jason Martin, Liam Gillick, Dan Flavin, Richard Wilson, Alexis Harding, Anish Kapoor and Robert Ryman.

Some of the processes used within his work are –

Use of poly-chromatic colour

Repetition of form

Harnessing of uncontrollable factors such as gravity

Harnessing of unpredictable characteristics of paint

Use of post-modern materials

Bryan’s work has no layers of hidden meaning or narrative waiting to be uncovered, nor does it elude to be anything that it isn’t; through making external references outside of the work itself. His work can be considered a structured representation of what the viewer is actually looking at; that is, materials and process (support, paint and gravity).

Through his choice of materials and the use of gravity to ultimately make the mark, he is able to make abstract paintings that become self referential, questioning only themselves as artworks. Through subverting the viewer’s attention in this way, from seeking narrative that may not necessarily be there; the only conceivable narrative within his work becomes the materials and the process itself.

These works are formed through slowly pouring two alternate colours of paint onto a support, until such time as the volume of paint becomes so great, that surface tension can no longer hold it in place. At this moment a tipping point is reached and paint begins to ebb and flow off of the support, skewing and distorting the work into chaotic abstraction.



Duration 03 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Times Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
Cost Free
Venue The Crypt, St Marylebone
Address St Marylebone Parish Church London NW1 5LT, ,
Contact 020 7935 7315 / /

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