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Winston Branch at Varvara Roza Galleries

  • December 16, 2023
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Winston Branch at Varvara Roza Galleries

Varvara Roza Galleries will exclusively represent the artworks by the acclaimed British post-war and contemporary artist Winston Branch.

In his exhibition “The sweet scent of magnolia”, Winston Branch will present his new body of work, consisting of large-scale canvases painted in his London studio during a prolific period in 2023.

His preoccupation as an artist has been the re-examination of finding a more palatable means of expression. The excitement with which his paintings have developed over the years, has always been to explore the magic of paint: The way a total amorphous substance is transformed into an illusionary subject. It is the sensuality of the pigment of the paint that has captivated his inner voice.

In his early development, Monet’s “Water Lilies”, always captured a very strong use of light, exploring the textural surface on the canvas. These paintings he has not emulated but they have been buried deep in his subconscious and has tried to postulate that radiance both in light and in feeling.

For him painting can only work on a purely intuitive instinct, on gut feeling. Though the intellectual process is the justification of the act, in his study of “ Nude in an interior” painted in 1967, he has tried to orchestrate the figurative image and at the same time, convey a greater sensuous approach to paint.

As he has moved on, absorbing the influences of Matisse and Nicolas de Stael and widening a greater horizon, the formation of his perception has embraced the non-representational aspect of painting much more. Painting for him has always been a grand gesture and as he has found his identity as an artist, it was inevitable that this would lead to pure abstraction. It is cutting at the edge of the bone of the human experience as the faculty of imagination is the highest order of the manifestation of one’s soul. “Painting for me is to take an amorphous substance like paint, and turn it into an illusionary image, thereby evoking the sensuality of feeling. Colour is light, and through colour I express my humanity.” 

See Winston Branch’s The Sweet Scent of Magnolia until December 19th 2023 at the Varvara Roza Galleries:
Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street
St. James’s
London SW1Y 6BN

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