Dairy Art Centre presents American artist Julian Schnabel’s first major solo exhibition of paintings in the UK for nearly 15 years. The exhibition brings together new and rarely seen works spanning primarily the last ten years. Now known as much for his critically acclaimed films as for his art, this exhibition is both a reevaluation and a celebration of Julian Schnabel the painter — his primary occupation.
At first sight this body of work covers a spectrum of abstraction and figuration but these paintings resist categorisation and refuse to sit comfortably within such conventions. There are figurative elements within his abstracts and abstract elements within his figuration. But while these paintings exist in a fluid world of images that shift in and out of different methodologies there are unifying qualities – in painterly terms Schnabel’s fundamental concerns are a love of materials associated with pictorial space and surface.