Jerwood Gallery will be bringing together a series of largely unseen paintings by London-based artist, Ansel Krut in what will be the largest exhibition and first survey show of Krut’s work to date.
Ansel Krut: Verbatim will comprise approximately 15 paintings, including new pieces exclusive to the exhibition, as well as paintings which have not been seen before in the UK.
Krut’s painting focuses around subverting still life by linking objects to create improbable, playful and often dark human forms.
He ascribes much of the unsettling imagery in his paintings to growing up in apartheid in South Africa.
His grotesque and provocative inventions, drawing on paradoxes, vaudeville and peep show, are poised between absurdity and moral criticism.
Krut’s technique involves constructing his surface with layers of nuanced paint application in which there is a strong relationship to drawing and pictorial space.
Krut already has a link with Jerwood having been a winner in the 2004 Jerwood Drawing Prize with his work Heartless Roach.
Krut says of his work: “Sometimes these paintings are comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes both comic and troubled.
“It’s as if they all have personalities, histories; as though they have accumulated experiences.”
Ansel Krut: Verbatim will open tomorrow (Saturday) and run until July 9 at the Jerwood Gallery.