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ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA : THE MARINER’S MEADOW
May 23 - Jul 13, 2019
Private view Sat May 23 6pm - 8pm

Click to enlargeHENNING STRASSBURGER : KARMA MANSION
Oct 2 - Nov 16, 2019
Blain|Southern is delighted to announce KARMA MANSION, Henning Strassburger’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Appropriated imagery provides the backdrop for new abstract paintings which play with twenty-first century visual culture and image construction.
Strassburger (b.1983 Meissen, Germany) is an artist whose spontaneous aesthetic belies a meticulous and pre-planned practice. His visual language of expressive marks, strokes and recurring motifs appear gestural, but are on closer inspection predetermined. Seemingly unconstrained lines and splashes that don’t overlap but sit neatly in gaps on the canvas, thin, precisely placed brushstrokes: the shape and position of each form is carefully calculated construction. It is this disparity between image and perception, surface and reality that fascinates Strassburger.

MICHAEL SIMPSON : NEW PAINTINGS
Oct 2 - Nov 16, 2019
Private view Sun Nov 3 6pm - 8pm
Blain|Southern is delighted to announce Michael Simpson, New Paintings, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the London gallery. Simpson presents a significant body of new work including a group of large-scale Squint paintings.
Michael Simpson (b.1940 Dorset, UK) is an artist whose practice is characterised by a reduced palette and distinctive, artistic vocabulary in which Benches, Confessionals and Squints are recurring motifs explored in ongoing series of works. Whilst Simpson’s apparent subject is the infamy of religious history and the politics of belief, these subjective references provide only a subtext for his principal subject: the mechanics of painting.
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