Ralph Stanton: Looking for the Light
2 – 13 August 2023
Opening Saturday 5 August 4 – 6 PM
Frances Keevil at Studio W
This exhibition is a continuation of my last show There’s a Crack in Everything (after Leonard Cohen). These works are a bit more subtle. There’s no obvious crack or rupture in the surface or the picture plane, it’s more like layers of light, glowing through an opaque landscape. It’s more nuanced. It reflects an underlying feeling I have that the light we seek is ephemeral, it appears from behind, from the sides, from above, from below, indirect, yet luminous.
The light is integrated and inherent, rather than something that might be more directly stated. Illumination not via a lightning strike, but rather a glow. I’m interested in the patterns of light as they play out on the texture of the paint’s surface. The painting becomes like a piece of jewelry, an artifact in itself without the need for illustration or to tell a story.