Julian Hartnoll
37 Duke Street St. James's · London · SW1Y 6DF · 0207 839 3842
fine artmonger · established 1968
About this exhibition
Artwork in the exhibition
The Past isn't Over by Nina Gehl
10 November 2014 - 15 November 2014
There have always been absent figures and ghostly presences in Nina Gehl’s paintings. In her new work, she physically places them at the very centre of their own “surreal” world, delivering an evocation of the past. These characters, when they appear, seem misplaced and small as if they themselves are receding into a forgotten time. 
Starting with found photographs as a point of reference, she weaves in her memories of growing up in America, and the paintings become a positive reclamation of something, or some place, forgotten. This is the welcome dawning of reflection, rather than reaction.
She paints from a palette of muted tones, much like the colours of faded or hand-tinted photographs, onto a vermillion ‘ground’. Sometimes traces of that bright red-orange are left exposed, other times the vermillion is re-incorporated into the final image. This contrasting play of hues reiterates a sense of displacement within the paintings and embraces the concept of a time passed, but not over...
Born in Buffalo, New York, Nina Gehl received an MA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art in 2005 and went on to complete an Associate Research degree at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Gehl’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the US, Europe, and the UK, including private collections, and in 2008 she was selected as a finalist for the Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize, in Barcelona.
In 2009 and 2010, Gehl curated and exhibited in the Shoreditch Ball Art Auction which included artists Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Rachel Whiteread, and Marc Quinn.
She lives and works in London and Umbria, Italy
Exhibition runs Monday to Fri 12-5pm
For more information please contact Elizabeth Hartnoll on elizabeth@julianhartnoll.com
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