Nigel Buxton’s arts practice is, on a number of levels, characterised as being centred upon traditions of still life painting, yet Buxton’s exhibitions frequently circle around their subjects, representing their detail - yet their attention as much about the particulars of their subjects as they are with its wider context. In Faces & Folds, Buxton paints luxurious drapes that are at times pulled back to reveal the austere countenance of a portrait. In some works the silks and satins, painted with gestured brush strokes in luscious oil, completely dominate. In others the voluptuous fabric belies the restrained expression of figures that seem to have momentarily entered the picture and may soon walk from the room. Buxton plays with illusion while celebrating the physicality of the painted mark.
Faces & Folds
PGgallery192, 192 Bealey Avenue
17 May – 17 June
- Nigel Buxton,Portrait, 2022, oil on panel