Galleries West reviews Pushing The Edge

Painting is a well-mapped terrain; we have reached an era where it seems as if everything within the medium has been done, from all styles of representation to abstraction and back again. In this climate, painters strive to create their own visual languages. Pushing the Edge, the title of a three-person painting exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery, suggests that the works of Fiona Ackerman, Nick Lepard and Wil Murray take painting into unexplored territories. Delving into the work and the artists’ intentions however, I found that they were enamoured with the structures of painting, namely portraiture and landscape, using these as a means to create paintings that are less about representation and more about the manipulation of paint while remaining within its boundaries. (read more)