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Abstract Expressionism: Roy Newell at Simon Lee Gallery, New York

“Untitled," 1969 Roy Newell Signed, dated verso Oil on board; 31.8 x 42.2 cm (12 1/2 x 16 5/8 in.) (SLG-RN-10162)
(Courtesy Estate of Roy Newell )

Featuring works never before exhibited in New York, comes an exhibition from the estate of artist Roy Newell (1914-2006). The Simon Lee Gallery’s New York venue will host a retrospective of works from across the artist’s career. The exhibition will be on view from June 27 until August 17, 2018.

According to the gallery, these works are characterized by their multi-layered surfaces, irregular geometrical patterns, obsessive reworking and luminous tonality. The gallery also describes a certain expressive power that aligns Newell with the Abstract Expressionist movement, of which he was an original member.

"Producing less than 100 of these reworked paintings, Newell’s process was prolonged and often excessive, sometimes working on the same painting for as long as five decades in pursuit of perfection. Intimate in scale, the resulting paintings are immense compressions of both time and emotion: each work unveiling in its color, texture and composition an excerpt from the life of the artist. Other works however, such as two untitled paintings from the 1960s, display a more economical application of paint with less layering and reworking, to reveal how through early experiments in colour and geometric composition, the artist established a framework for his later work,” says the gallery.

Newell worked primarily in oil on panel or canvas, and due to continual reworking many of his paintings are up to an inch thick, bestowing a sculptural quality on the works. He liked to expand the pictorial space of the work further by painting over and around the narrow frames, contributing to the object-like feel of the paintings. According to the gallery, the works on view reveal a remarkable consistency of vision, surveying the expressive depth of his oeuvre and the private mythology of this complicated artist.

The exhibition is on view through August 17, 2018 at Simon Lee, 26 East 64th Street (Second Floor) New York NY 10065.

For details, visit: http://encn.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/simon-lee-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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