albertz benda is delighted to announce the online launch of the exhibition Figure and Play, featuring new paintings by Christopher Le Brun. The exhibition will be installed in the gallery from this month until the end of June; we have extended the duration in the hope it will be possible to visit in person.
In this most recent body of work, created over the course of the past two years, Le Brun continues his explorations of doubles and diptychs, drawing out new visual unities through the juxtaposition of seemingly oppositional elements. In the titular diptych Figure and Play (2020), the eye passes back forth between the rich putty colours of the left hand canvas and the fiery and viridescent hues on the right. With each reading, ever more complexity appears, and with that greater depth and beauty.
Within the single canvas works, produced with equal frequency and concurrently to the diptychs, multiple visual themes exist within one frame. In Cloud, Castle, Lake (2020) for example, the sequence of colours is unified by a bold yellow passage reaching from edge to edge across layered chords of azure and turquoise, evoking sensations of harmony and dissonance.
For the online presentation, Le Brun has made short films about each painting which can be viewed on the show's webpage. An exhibition catalogue with text by Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT is also available for download through our website.
A contribution from sales has been made to the WHO.
The artist and the gallery are donating 5% of the profits to the Royal Academy of Arts. The Royal Academy receives no public funding and as the former President Christopher feels a deep attachment and concern for its welfare.