NEW ABSTRACT PAINTINGS FROM THE PARIS-BORN TALENT:
From 25th November 2016 until 4th February 2017, Waddington Custot’s gallery on Cork Street will hold Fabienne Verdier’s first solo exhibition in London, featuring large-scale abstract paintings produced over the last year. These include work from the ‘Walking Paintings’ series, alongside a new group of paintings, ‘Rhythms and Reflections’, which mark a noteworthy change of direction for the artist.
As a painter known for combining an Eastern artistic education with the tradition of Western art, Verdier’s work is characterised by bold gestural compositions relying on a number of techniques developed over the past thirty years. In an intensely physical process, Verdier uses painting tools of her own invention, largescale, custom-made brushes, funnels and other implements suspended from her studio ceiling.
This vertical painting technique allows Verdier’s mark-making to be a product of the body moving freely, not restricted by the weight of the brush, playing with gravity. The paintings combine the influence of Action-painting with more meditative, theoretical concepts of unity, spontaneity, asceticism and other aspects of an Eastern trajectory of art history.
Verdier’s physical and performative creative practice has undergone an evolution in recent years that can be seen most vividly in the ‘Rhythms and Reflections’ series. These paintings were made following Verdier’s return to France from a period of intense experimentation spent as the first visual artist-in-residence at The Juilliard School in New York in 2014. The creation of both music and painting simultaneously, awakened in Verdier a profound awareness of vibration and the rhythm of melodic phrases. (Source: Waddington Custot)