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Galleries Magazine, February 2014 return
This is London, Friday 31 January 2014, Issue 2886
HAY HILL GALLERY DOUBLE EXHIBITION IN FEBRUARYHay Hill Gallery are presenting a double exhibition this February, featuring the established German artists Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo. Differing wildly in style, these two shows contrast each other perfectly whilst connecting in theories of what it is to be human.
Peter Henryk Blum is one of the most exciting German figurative artists of his generation. Using the Old Masters techniques of layer and glaze painting, his scenes are muted, selective with colour, like silent film reels and tinted sepia prints. Players are staged in ironically self-conscious poses where the melancholia of sad harlequins and heavily made up women is reminiscent of physical theatre. Light hearted or darkly surreal, the works are unsettling because it is clear these people are not alone in their secret rituals. Struck dumb, there is someone watching in the wings - and that person turns out to be you.
Oliver Estavillo has been referred to as 'Pop-Brueghel' and 'The Tarantino of Painting'. His inspiration is taken from everyday life; the bizarre neighbours, serial killers, boring aunts and shrill parties. Ladies with budgerigar heads and droopy hats wear their pearls high to disguise crepey necks and sagging jowls. These are places where the meat-mottled women drink wine and fanged stags brawl under neatly mounted taxidermy testicles, operatic gatherings of tentacle-headed lurkers and emperors in need of new clothes. This ultra-violent fantasism scratches beneath the glittering surfaces to expose decay, confronting us with our own selfish bloodlust.The exhibition will be held alongside a sculpture collection which features works by Eleanor Cardozo, Nicola Godden, Richard L.Minns, Andy Cheese, Jamie McCartney, Ian Edwards and Palolo Valdes.
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Fresh German Realism: Peter
Last night I moseyed down to the newly located HayHill Gallery on Baker Street for a private view of two German artists: Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver Estavillo. The painting above is by the latter. It’s entitled ‘Killers’ Tango’. The guy in the sunglasses is pointing his gun right at you wherever you stand. This is because, as my friend artist John Gillan pointed out, the gun is painted without showing any angles, no 3D affect, as in it’s completely flat, so when you move to the left for example he’s still pointing it directly at you.
Posted in London Art Scene and tagged HayHill Gallery, Oliver Estavillo, Peter Henryk Blum; February 5, 2014.
Deutsch: Double exhibition featuring Peter Henryk Blum and Oliver
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