Sherman Sam

  • Robert Holyhead, untitled, 2010, oil on canvas, 45 x 30”.
    picks October 24, 2010

    Robert Holyhead

    Robert Holyhead’s paintings are determinedly slow and contemplative. In keeping with their thoughtful nature, most of the works in his latest solo exhibition are relatively small, although some seem to suggest a much larger scale. In general, Holyhead combines a geometric or architectonic silhouette with a gestural wash, usually of a single hue. Once the structure of these paintings has been decided, they are created quickly, taking just a few days. Tension enters the works via the combination of his visual structures’ relative stillness and his gestures’ dynamism, yet an overall serenity remains.