Launch date: 14th March 2013
The Camden Town Poster Studies is a yearlong portrait project culminating in an exhibition in 2014. This will be the first solo show from Joshua Press, who has trained in both in London and at the Studio Escalier in France.
Press began his Poster Studies as an exploratory exercise in the management of light and form. The work is informed by the practice of Walter Sickert, whose Camden Town Nudes originally inspired Press to take up a paintbrush, and who lived and worked just around the corner from the gallery.
“On the rough-hewn surfaces of boards sourced from the localities he haunts, Press carves with light, creating constellations of portrait tiles. Exploring a form traditionally used as an aid to portrait painting, he turns his figurative training to combative ends. This becomes a painting of resistance with a sensitivity that renders the solidity of a brush stroke constantly both itself and, stubbornly, something else. There is a substantial immediacy to the work, a mineral quality, coinciding with a lightness of touch that can only be the result of prolonged exposure to the subject. Coarse and tender, with the softness of the map and the texture of the territory, the work is a restatement of vision.”
To launch the project, Cob Gallery hosted an open studio showing Josh’s progress so far, and invited the community to be involved. Every Thursday, two slots will be available for public sittings. These can be booked through the gallery or directly with Josh via Twitter. The portraits will be on display and available to purchase at the exhibition in November.
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