Peter Waldron & Will Nash: Private view, Saturday 2 February, 2-4pm

2 February - 2 March 2019

Peter Waldron is in his fifth decade as an artist, still learning, unerringly positive and genuinely excited about the revelations to be found in the making and seeing of art. He has created a significant and broad corpus of work, rooted in his personal inquiry for abstract expression. His paintings are structured and frontal, with no diminishing perspective and his graphic marks fill the canvas, lattice-like and dramatic.  He is ‘not afraid of colour’, which vibrates under his energetic mark-making, worked and layered into intense tones. His touch is exuberant, big-hearted, yet executed with clarity and precision. All interconnect and reveal a yin-yang balance of the natural rhythms and forms he sees and experiences in the world. Swindon born, Waldron graduated from Chelsea School of Art and went on to work as a young assistant to Patrick Caulfield, later becoming a contemporary of Bridget Riley and Peter Sedgley in the SPACE studios, London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art Oxford. His work has also been shown at the RA and Whitworth galleries, as well as numerous exhibitions across the UK and Europe and the USA. Recently at the Museum of Visual Arts, Heraklion, Crete, where he lives part-time. In 2017, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery held Odyssey, a retrospective of his work.  Waldron’s art is as elemental to him as nature itself, as he points out, “ there’s Earth, Fire, Water…and Art”.

 

Will Nash’s cool, geometric metal sculptures, like a mathematical equation, are rotated by degrees to give angles and build sequences. Using one repeated element he creates form between the solid surfaces and the void. Each small change in movement, perspective and intersection, utilises the space, volume and weight to open the way for the work to be less about the material and more about an idea. The fundamental idea of time, space and place. Like a sculptural time-lapse, his work is a careful, frame-by-frame, unfolding of origami-like shapes, that as we move around it, invite us into an intricate viewing experience, where the purity of angles, and their relationships to each other, trigger something hypnotic and fundamental in us and to see something new each time we return.