Tom Howse at Rod Barton

Artist: Tom Howse

Exhibition title: Post-Celestial Compost

Venue: Rod Barton, London, UK

Date: August 10 – September 30, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Rod Barton, London

Rod Barton is excited to announce the solo show “Post-Celestial Compost,” opening September 14, from English painter Tom Howse. The exhibition includes a selection of recent paintings from the artist’s current practice.

When visiting the artist’s studio, a casual viewer may be forgiven for feeling that they have somehow stumbled down a twisted rabbit hole to a version of Wonderland that has been allowed to mature and grow unchecked since Alice’s escape back to reality. The artist himself states that he only seems to paint at a life size ratio. Subsequently, Howse’s compositions act as unsettled tableaus: wild vistas and twisted mischievous mirrors. The viewer does not look into realities constructed by Howse, rather they are absorbed into pre-existing universes where a UFO, household furniture, and anthropomorphic celestial bodies unquestionably coexist. Where they have their own universal rules and laws that seem out of place until experienced in person.

Howse’s aesthetic lends itself to the experimental and the otherworldly. His painting’s, whilst singular in their presentation, all belong to a shared visual vocabulary. Perspective is utilised via shifting flat planes, as opposed to a singular vanishing point, that allow for a feeling that of moving through a singular world. We subsequently cross through into a whole new universe at each plane of the paintings existence. The artist’s application of paint is rough without straying into the violent. Allowing for air bubbles, ephemeral studio matter and increasingly rough canvas surfaces, Howse plays with his surfaces with a more caring eye than visually aggressive painters. There is no feeling of attempting to viscerally assault a viewer, but instead an allusion to a subconscious, fluidic and instinctive process that invites translation onto the canvas. We know what we’re looking at, yet we cannot fathom the world in which it sits.

Tom Howse, born in Chester 1988, lives and works in London and has exhibited across Europe including Munich, Cologne and Oxford. Post-Celestial Compost will run between 14th September – 21st October, 2017 at Rod Barton, 41-43 Consort Road, London.

 

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, Post-Celestial Compost, 2017, exhibition view, Rod Barton, London

Tom Howse, BIRD CACTUS, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 67 x 57 cms

Tom Howse, ENCHANTING SERPENTS KISSED THE DESERT, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 197 x 154 cms

Tom Howse, GRACEFUL UNDERSTANDING, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cms

Tom Howse, SOLIPSISTIC PALIMPSEST, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 350 x 220 cms

Tom Howse, TIMELESS PERIOD OF THOSE CELESTIAL WONDERS, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 350 x 210 cms

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