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Airborne by David Breuer-Weil on Wednesday 10th - Wednesday 24th October 2018
Airborne, an exhibition of new works by acclaimed artist David Breuer-Weil, explores the relationships between the differing practices of sculpture, drawing and painting. This exhibition coincides with the recent installation of the 7m monumental sculpture Flight in Marble Arch.
A number of the paintings on display represent a logical progression from Flight, a work that portrays flying figures paradoxically held aloft by the very strands that hold them back, chords that connect these fleeing figures to their past, family or country. Breuer-Weil believes that every person aspires to break free and to fly. The artist spends a lot of time making very complex pencil drawings, many actually executed on flights. Much of Breuer-Weil’s travel is long-haul and he feels free when he’s in the air, as a result of which some of his most ambitious small scale works are created on flights.
Breuer-Weil comments, In my recent paintings Artist 1 and Artist 2, I want to show the awesome power of creativity. Artistic productivity becomes a force of nature in the form of clouds, storms and lightning that emanates from a diminutive figure of an artist; art transcends the individual. Breakdown is an explosive painting that shows a human disintegrating and becoming one with the cosmos. Every human being will at some point re-join the atomic structure of the universe and lose individual identity. But, in that sense, we are all immortal. Breakdown is also a work that explores the close relationship that often exists between creativity and neurosis, hence the title.
David Breuer-Weil’s monumental bronze sculptures will be recognisable to many through high-profile installations in Victoria, King’s Cross and the West End. Other works by the artist can currently be seen in Cavendish Square, Portman Square and against the backdrop of the Saint Pancras Church on Euston Road.
A hallmark of Breuer-Weil’s monumental sculpture is the very physical nature of the pieces with their deliberately textured surfaces. This is in parallel to his painting process in which many layers of impasto are built up, generating vitality and depth in the work.
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