Kiwi artist Jeremy Geddes doesn’t like to describe a narrative for his paintings, preferring to let the viewer form their own impression of the painstakingly produced paintings. The first impression we get is “ouch”.
Formed in photo-realistic detail from hours of elaborate and delicate brushwork, the paintings often depict their subjects in flight, freefall or collision. This exhibition entitled Exhale, the first solo US venture for the Melbourne-based artist, features two distinct parts – Misèrere (have mercy) and Misère (destitution) – and are set apart by the former’s use of a single black background on which is meticulously rendered a single figure (seen here are the pigeon in flight and a failed lunar module).
Geddes’ work is marked out by his incredibly detailed brushwork and layers of glazing, and the stunning results are available to view at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York until 17th November.