Brian Calvin

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Opening on Wednesday, April, 19, 2017
from 6 to 8 pm

  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    27,9 x 34,3 cm
    11 x 13 1/2 inches
  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    43,2 x 34,3 cm
    17 x 13 1/2 inches
  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    61 x 45,7 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , Sitter (II), 2015
    acrylic on wood
    231,1 x 55,9 x 83,8 cm
    91 x 22 x 33 inches
  • , Sitter (I), 2015
    Acrylic on wood
    231,1 x 55,9 x 83,8 cm
    91 x 22 x 33 inches
  • , Stroll, 2017
    Acrylic on wood
    218,44 x 17,78 cm
    86 x 7 inches
  • , Eye (II), 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 213,4 cm
    56 x 84 inches
  • , Eye (I), 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 213,4 cm
    56 x 84 inches
  • , Backstage, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , Curtains, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , The Point !, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , Revelation, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 121,9 cm
    60 x 48 inches
  • , Extra, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 inches
  • , Looking (In and Out), 2017
    acrylic on canvas, diptych
    101,6 x 76,2 cm chaque
    40 x 30 inches each
  • , Looking (In and Out), 2017
    acrylic on canvas, diptych
    101,6 x 76,2 cm chaque
    40 x 30 inches each
  • , Pinky, 2012/2016
    oil on canvas
    137,1 x 121,9 cm
    54 x 48 inches
  • , Hand, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    61 x 61 cm
    24 x 24 inches
  • , Gesture, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 121,9 cm
    60 x 48 inches
  • , Averted Eye, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 116,8 cm
    72 x 46 inches
  • , Right Here and Over There, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 152,4 cm
    70 x 60 inches
  • , Cold Bloom, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    213,4 x 142,2 cm
    84 x 56 inches
  • , New Bloom, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 116,8 cm
    72 x 46 inches
  • , The Lung (The Hunch), 2015
    The Lung (The Hunch), 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 121,9 cm
    72 x 48 inches
  • , Up Front and Over There, 2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 142,2 cm
    70 x 56 inches

Press release

Brian Calvin's non-narrative yet figurative paintings, drawings and sculptures are developed in the context of a diligent daily practice rooted in questions of shape and colour. “I’m trying to broaden my vocabulary while I explore the abstract potential of an image as it comes into being. That’s actually why there are so many repetitions in my work; I’m using extremely simplified visual motifs which then come to produce a strong impression in most cases.”

So that’s what we don’t see in Brian Calvin’s work at a first glance: the abstraction and effacement of his subject matter. One thing we can feel as we stand opposite his paintings is the rhythm and dynamics created by blocks of colour and outlined details. Brian Calvin seems to create a bridge over the space we might discern between sound and silence in music. His use of repetition causes time to stand still. And the faces stare out with an inquisitive gaze which will never be answered, but somehow that’s beside the question.

- Marie Maertens

 


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