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Measure of Strangeness: New Artists Show 2000

Peter Stichbury

Caroline Rothwell, Peter Stichbury, David Townsend

7 - 23 September

 

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
—Francis Bacon, 1625


Our new-artists exhibition showcases three artists who draw on traditional art styles and subjects and are concerned with the gaze—desire in vision. Caroline Rothwell presents huge, anamorphically distorted wall drawings of orchids and tiny sculptures cast in condom moulds and painted with nail polish. Peter Stichbury’s slick hyperreal paintings of beautiful boys and girls are subtly distorted, making them more visually compelling, beautiful, yet somehow wrong. In his exquisite velvet paintings, David Townsend delicately renders the musculature of beefy guys.