Mega-Jazzy! Iain Robertson At Lemon Street Gallery

By 24 Hour Museum Editor, Jon Pratty | 29 March 2006
a multi-panel painting with calligraphic symbols, strange shapes, faces and wierd marks.

Iain Robertson, Mega Jazzy. © the artist

St.Ives-based Scottish painter Iain Robertson is showing 50 new paintings to mark his own 50th birthday at Lemon Street Gallery in Truro.

If you want to see Robertson's colourful, expressionist but abstract paintings, you'll need to get moving because it closes this weekend - April 1 2006.

an abstract composition with marks made in dark blue, white, yellow and thinner scratched marks in black or dark grey.

Iain Robertson, My Favourite Things. © the artist

One of the highlights of the show is the first public viewing of a multiple work, Mega-Jazzy, consisting of fifty 30 by 30 cm panels. Mega-Jazzy is an ongoing project, which began in 2001, to 'deconstruct process in the post-modern world'.

Robertson trained at Exeter College of Art in the late Seventies and is part of a growing community of artists in the south west who remain intrigued by the possibilities of paint.

a yellow, red, white and blue painting with shapes and dots of colour in a white field in the centre of the picture

Iain Robertson, Mega Jazzy III. © the artist

Though based in the south west, Robertson's name has been made in Europe. In the mid-Nineties, he was introduced to the European scene by Danish artist Peter Brandes.

shows a simple form, shield-like in shape, painted in yellow on a white background with a red grid in the centre

Iain Robertson, Mega Jazzy. © the artist

Robertson subsequently showed with Galerie Moderne in Denmark, in the company of senior European artists like Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and Per Kirkeby. Iain continues to be represented by Galerie Moderne.

shows a jumbled, tangled series of forms, with maroon, grey and pink predominating clours.

Iain Robertson, C.W. © the artist

In the late Nineties, Robertson was the first Scottish winner of the prestigeous New York Pollock-Krasner Award, which he followed with a Residency at Grizedale Forest in the Lake District in 1993. Many of the works in this show have never been exhibited the UK before.

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