Fireman, Spiderman, 2013
Oil on formica mounted on aluminium
Original size: 76.2 x 61 cm / 30 x 24 in
Images courtesy of George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco and Pippy Houldsworth, London
“Clem Crosby is recognised as one of the UK's most important abstract painters. For Crosby, the painted gesture brings together line and form in a way that imposes control and at the same time locates a kind of freedom for the resulting image. The process of drawing within the work pushes the paint into an unknown and ultimately impossible place, where representational ideas become redundant, and a new, non-representational space is created.
In an increasingly visual culture in which the mediation of images is more than ever in question, Crosby's paintings are a testimony to the complex process of creating and receiving an image. The paintings are autonomous objects that contain infinite detail and a sense of history through the build up of brush marks and wiped surfaces. Drawn both inwards and outwards by the pictorial and architectural elements of his paintings, the viewer is invited to engage in the act of balancing a reading of the part against the (often) monumental 'whole'.”
– Text by Jonathan Horrocks at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Recent exhibitions include: About Vision: New British Painting in the 90s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Contemporary Art at the Courtauld, London; Fact and Value-New Positions in Painting, Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Minimalism: Then and Now, UC Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Vivid: British and American Abstract Art, Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre; and Tate Britain Drawing Symposium. Crosby is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, and George Lawson, San Francisco.