ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present ARMCHAIR TABLEAUX a solo exhibition by New York-based painter BRADLEY WOOD. This will also be the first exhibition in Angell Gallery’s new location at 1444 Dupont St., Unit 15. The show runs September 11 to October 10, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, September 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Bradley Wood’s star is on the rise. Selected in 2014 by Saatchi Art Chief Curator, Rebecca Wilson, for the prestigious Artists to Invest In series, Wood is turning heads with his luscious oil paintings of opulent interiors and their imagined fabulous occupants.
While inspired by the visceral, expressionistic painting style of early modernist Chaim Soutine and the intimate domestic interiors of Post-impressionists Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, Wood’s update of the “conversation piece” (traditionally an informal group portrait set in a domestic space), has a postmodern canniness.
Mining the history of visual culture, Wood draws ideas from such diverse sources as French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin, vintage European porn, fashion magazines, film sets, and memories of bits of clothing or corners of interiors.
This motley crew of ingredients is mashed and processed through Wood’s unique vision and technical virtuosity. Using his fingers as well as a brush, Wood revels in what he describes as the “viscosity and luscious butteriness of oil paint.” Furniture, fixtures and figures appear as if reflected in a funhouse mirror, as undulating swirls of paint in rich baroque hues assemble into deliciously decadent scenes of lanky fashionistas lounging in luxury. Rendered in a delirious raking perspective, these intriguing interiors spill towards us, as their decadent inhabitants invite us to take a bite of their exquisite forbidden fruit.
Bradley Wood has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, studied art and design at the Art Center in Montreux, Switzerland, and new media and installation at CalArts in Valencia, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Saatchi Art at Parasol Projects in New York City and at Parts Gallery in Toronto, and has been in numerous juried group shows in U.S., as well as in the Kim Dorland curated I ♥ Paint at Angell Gallery in Toronto. Wood’s paintings hang in the Raines Law Room in Manhattan, and he recently completed a 17 painting installation for the Peacock at the William Hotel, also in NYC.