march 10 - april 29

asprey jacques is pleased to present their first solo show of new paintings by British artist John Chilver.

Chilver has an instantly recognisable style: brightly coloured backgrounds beneath schematic drawings made with thick lines of silicone, paint and wax squeezed directly onto the canvas through a nozzle. Chilver's pictures have used landscape fragments; recurring images include birds, traps, fences, fires and streams. Often these elements have been taken from illustrations in children's books but any innocence they might suggest is undercut by frequent suggestions of violence: robins peer into traps, stiles are engulfed in flames, strange growths surround elements traditionally associated with the English countryside.

For his show at asprey jacques, Chilver will show five new paintings including one very large work for the glass domed back space of the gallery. Although new imagery includes flowers and reindeer, there is a definite move towards abstraction with a clear focus on drawing as the starting point. This is presented with a Pop sensibility: bold biomorphic forms piped in silicone onto areas of fluorescent paint which reinforce Chilver's continuing obsession with the physicality of the surface.

Born in 1964, John Chilver completed his MA at Goldsmiths College of Art, London (1997). Since then he has exhibited in solo shows at Habitat, King's Road, London (1998) and Morrison Judd, London (1999). Significant group shows include World of Painting, Unit, London (1997); Sunshine Breakfast, Michael Janssen, Cologne (1998) and Surfacing, ICA, London (1998). For further information please contact Tim Crowley on 020-7287-7675 Gallery hours - tuesday to friday 10 - 6, saturday 11 - 5

For further information please call Tim Crowley 020 7287 7675
Gallery hours Tuesday to Friday 10 - 6, Saturday 11 - 6

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