Lisa Rayner: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Lisa Rayner's series Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow expands on her fascination with a painted space. Her paintings offer an ambiguity that is loaded with both strange familiarity and a fragmented sense of place.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2016
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 13 March 2016
  • Opening Time: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

There is a searching that is integral to the work, flirting and captivating the eye without offering resolution or explanation. The oscillation of thick painted marks and intense vibrancy of pigment keep the work fluid and alive. This intensity almost overstimulates with the vivid contrast of simple form and bright colour.

Rayner's enquiry into the definitions of painted space offers a sensory delight of visceral surface and an unsettling repetition of form and mirrored composition. Her abstraction of exaggerated natural forms and a suggested 'sense of place' perpetuate an internal dialogue between painter and medium. By constantly re-engaging and recycling the landscapes with their fluctuation of colour variation each repeated image calls the last into question. Her definition of landscape blurs as the boundaries between surface and form are non-specific in narrative. Rather reliant on the dislocation of constructed place to depict 'somewhere' rather than a particular location, the works remain uninhabited 'felt' spaces of perpetual, luminous movement.

Lisa Rayner's paintings exist in a realm of juxtaposition and intense contrasts. Layers of vivid paint applied with bold fresh strokes leave the viewer with an unsettled sense of the 'push and pull' between surface and image. Each landscape tantalises, and with deceptive simplicity, alludes to a 'placelessness' both familiar and constructed.

By Jessica Oliver



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