This exhibition will re-open on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Open: Tue–Sun 11am–4pm.
MOSTYN Open 21 'Exhibition Award' winner Richard Wathen’s solo exhibition comprises a new series of paintings.
Rooted in the historical canon of painting, Wathen’s work focuses largely on portraiture, depicting figures in states of hesitation and contemplation: listening at walls, pretending to sleep, moon bathing, or engaging in other apparent states of uncertainty. Wathen’s works depict the tumultuous and complex array of human emotions, from anxiety and sorrow to despair, brought on by the socio-economic pressures of contemporary living. The intensity created through the use of small details is powerful and emotional as an expressive gesture. His works subvert the genre of figurative painting through a bold play between figuration and abstraction, between the solid density of the matt surface and the fragility of the figures represented.
Image: Richard Wathen, New Eyes Every Time, installation view at MOSTYN, November 2020. Photo: Mark Blower.
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