Jake Wood-Evans Transitios catalogue

TRANSITIONS  

Unit London, December 2017

‘His ambition has been to restore a sense of monumentality and quiet beyond the superficial aesthetic of the twenty-first century.’ - Prof. Catherine McCormack PhD. 

Unit London is delighted to announce 'Transitions', a new exhibition by Hastings-based artist Jake Wood-Evans. Following the success of his 2016 show 'Subjection & Discipline', which saw the artist create a body of portraiture work inspired by 18th century Masters including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Henry Raeburn, 'Transitions' sees a shift of focus towards landscape and abstraction. Richly-coloured, light-imbued scenes characterise the work, in which seascapes and serene vistas appear as though through a veil or clouded glass. In one, a figure is suggested, glowing within a studio of silks and fabric; in another, a horse is suspended beneath a flood of luminosity. Leaving behind the subdued colours of previous collections, the canvases are splashed with vivid hues of gold, red, orange, turquoise and blue, whilst delicate brushwork is set alongside sweeping washes and horizontal scratches and scores.

Taking influence from the work of John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer and George Stubbs, among others, Wood-Evans’ paintings retain recognisable elements that allude to the conventions of art history. Drawing on these masters’ legacies, his intention is to capture the essence of these historic works without replicating them, depicting familiar, yet obscured subject matter. Through first creating, then scrubbing away, reworking and removing sections of a scene, the artist reveals ghostly infrastructures that preserve the warmth and glow of the original painting. 

Describing his work as ‘a process of conflict with the ambiguous space between representation and abstraction’, Wood-Evans resists the urge to provide easy readings or instantly accessible compositions. 'Transitions' invites the viewer to pause and quietly contemplate a series of multi-layered paintings that denote a common visual language built through our shared history and consumption of art imagery.

After Rubens' Peace and War

After Rubens' Peace and War

200x135cm, oil on linen, 2017

Reclining nude, after Boucher

Reclining nude, after Boucher

180x130cm, oil on linen, 2017

White horse in a stable,

White horse in a stable,

after Sir Edwin Henry Landseer 200x160cm, oil on linen, 2017

Portrait of Lucy Long,after Reynolds

Portrait of Lucy Long,after Reynolds

120x104cm, oil on linen, 2017

Hampstead Heath, after Constable

Hampstead Heath, after Constable

120x104cm, oil on linen, 2017

Wivenhoe Park, after Constable

Wivenhoe Park, after Constable

200x135cm, oil on linen 2017

The Hay Wain, after Constable

The Hay Wain, after Constable

160x120cm, oil on linen, 2017

Dedham Lock and Mill after Constable

Dedham Lock and Mill after Constable

160x120cm, oil on linen, 2017

Study for Hampstead Heath,

Study for Hampstead Heath,

after Constable 61x53cm, oil on linen, 2017

Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick,

Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick,

after Anthony van Dyck 200x127cm, oil on linen, 2017

Portrait of John Balasyse,

Portrait of John Balasyse,

after Anthony van Dyck 120x104cm, oil on linen, 2017

Portrait of a man with a beard,

Portrait of a man with a beard,

after Rubens 1 61x53cm, oil on linen, 2017

Portrait of a man with a beard,

Portrait of a man with a beard,

after Rubens 2 61x53cm, oil on linen, 2017

Portrait of a man,

Portrait of a man,

after Anthony van Dyke 61x53cm, oil on linen, 2017

Man facing right,

Man facing right,

after Anthony van Dyck, 61x53cm, oil on linen, 2017

Nude after Jacques Blanchard

Nude after Jacques Blanchard

62x52cm, oil on linen, 2017

Reclining nude, after Boucher

Reclining nude, after Boucher

180x130cm, oil on linen, 2017

Marie Pierre, after Baptiste

Marie Pierre, after Baptiste

48x45cm, oil on linen, 2017

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Professor Catherine McCormack PhD
Transitions - full collection of works