London Exhibition: Ralph Anderson
Ralph Anderson’s Drip Pop Paintings bring a low-fi 21st Century production value and
DIY approach to abstract painting. Each painting starts with a careful assemblage
of brush marks which Anderson then cuts out with a jigsaw, revealing the plywood
base and playing with the sense of illusion.The work revisits earlier movements
in abstract painting such as Lyrical Abstraction, Hard Edge Painting, Colour Field
Painting, Abstract Illusionism, and Shaped Canvas Painting, referencing artists such
as Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly whilst also stretching back to the earlier Action
Paintings of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. Anderson’s use of
power tools to break the surface of the paintings brings the viewer firmly back to
the present day. By isolating the brush marks and suspending in time the runs of
paint Anderson aims to make the workshop and the act of cutting out, as well as
the process of painting, part of the artwork with the finished painting acting as a
residue of these earlier procedures.
For The Future of Drip Pop, Anderson has brought together recent work which show
the development of these ideas. The colour choices in these works derive from earlier
studies of sunlight and refraction, and the transferal of spectral gradients into
painting. Through these paintings Anderson has combined this scientific approach
with a free flowing, playful technique to build up layers of colours and brush marks
which sit between the representational and abstract image.
Ralph Anderson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and now lives and works in London.
He graduated from London Guildhall University with a BA in Fine Art in 2001 and
gained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012. Recent solo shows
include, I’d Like to Get Off Please, ASC Projects, London, 2015; Retrobate, ArtLacuna,
London, 2014. Selected group exhibitions include, 50/50/50, Syson, Nottingham,
2014; Pareidolia, Pluspace, Coventry, 2014; Summer Saloon, Lion and Lamb,
London, 2014; Expanded Painting: Mocka-Modern, Oval Space, London, 2014.
THE FUTURE OF DRIP POP, 21 JANUARY – 21 MARCH 2015,
9 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JR. Hours: Mon–Fri 9.30 – 5pm, Sat-Sun closed