City Limits
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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 18:00 to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 16:30

City Limits
24 February - 11 March 2017

Five painters working on the border between abstract and figurative painting.

‘City Limits’ references the 1969 painting by Philip Guston, part of an influential series of paintings made during the late 60’s when he switched from abstract painting to a distinctive cartoonish, figurative style.

Jo Berry, Gordon Dalton, Lara Davies, Catrin Llwyd and Chris Nurse are a group of contemporary painters (based in Cardiff or close by) whose work is linked by this relationship between the abstract and figurative. They all take the medium of paint in new, distinctive directions.

Chris Nurse explores the ambiguous, quirky relationship between the painted illusion of a surface and the real flat surface of the canvas on which it sits. The two surfaces wrestle with each other, sometimes creating a trompe l'oeil, trick of the eye.

The starting point for Lara Davies's work is a digital image. In her numerous studies of the same or similar image, the photograph is gradually disregarded and the paintings become about pattern and tone. A sense of being many times removed from the source material is evident but the glowing quality associated with a digital image is retained.

Catrin Llwyd’s paintings examine the vernacular culture of America, exploring the industrial landscape, the unseen, the everyday and the mundane. Drawing from  pre-existing imagery, Catrin creates a distance between herself and the subject, to introduce her own reality, recreating a location, a memory and a story.

Gordon Dalton’s recent paintings have a quiet melancholy that question their intentions.  An anxious contradiction is on show, with the work being self-conscious of its possible failings, yet revelling in a new found simplicity and its relationship to landscape painting.  His work for ‘City Limits’ was made during a recent residency in Buenos Aires.

Dealing with the authenticity of the image in the digital age, Jo Berry builds new layers into the process of representation.  By editing and re-photographing found images - visual references become hard to find in the blur of paint, and the viewer is forced to find a new meaning. Any narrative has become decontextualised.

This new show gives a snapshot of contemporary painting in the capital, at Oriel Canfas an artist-run gallery space in Canton, Cardiff. 

The show opens on Friday 24 February, with an opening event 6-8pm and runs for 2 weeks. For more info on opening times visit:

Contact: 02920 666455
Twitter: @orielcanfas

Free Event
44a Glamorgan Street
United Kingdom