Dedicated to painting, Ralph Anderson (b. 1977, Glasgow) has developed his style over a 20 year career. Anderson brings the transient qualities of light and the viscous nature of paint together in works that analyse visual language and separates a painting’s component parts.

Painting with acrylic on aluminium or plywood Anderson uses a jigsaw to cut through the surface of the painting, revealing a solid support and transferring the viewer away from the illusionary surface. The structures are enhanced by the application of fluorescent paint on the reverse of each work, projecting a coloured glow on the supporting wall, and bringing the surrounding environment into play with the artwork.

The resulting works hover between illusion and physical reality, investigating gesture and form whilst also playing with the notions of representation and non-representation in art.

Recent career successes have come through exhibiting with JGM Gallery and completing major commissions for Hospital Club, as well as an installation for the Gare du Nord Paris Eurostar Business Premiere Lounge with five paintings created during his artist residency in 2018. His second solo exhibition at JGM will take place in summer 2019.


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