Pure Abstraction, as seen here in the prints of Genevieve Claisse, is the use of solid colour without tone, shape meeting shape, never overlapping. Orbs cusp angles to create the clean-cut designs which instantly rouse the senses, causing a dopamine high – pure joy. The early abstracts of the late John Hoyland stir the chakras in a similar way.
Genevieve Claisse, now eighty two, continues to make life-lifting works. Like her forbear Matisse, she is a doyen of colour and shape. Claisse learnt the concepts of formal purity from her uncle, the abstract painter Auguste Herbin: the permutations of the circle and triangle are Genevieve’s abiding passion.
To put her in context, Claisse, in ’50’s Paris, was honing a visual language similar to the St Ives artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Bridget Riley’s optical abstractions are resemblant.
Featuring works by Simon Gaiger + Genevieve Claisse
14th October – 25th November 2017
In curating SOLID MODERN we have chosen artists whose cardinal form stems from the Modern movements of Cubism, Di Stijl and Surrealism. Simon Gaiger from Wales and Parisian Genevieve Claisse have suitably different takes on abstraction.