Jim Sullivan

Paley and Lowe Gallery

In Jim Sullivan’s first one-man show at Paley and Lowe, his huge acrylics on unprimed canvas confront the antinomies that were present in his earlier work but, through a process of elimination, achieve a fresh and wholly different thrust. The painting process is lucid and strong, the subtleties and complex relationships gradually unfold. Using sticks of various sizes to apply the colors, Sullivan hints at containing the action within a suggestion of margin (and indeed, his previous works already presented a concern for edges). The colors are usually limited to a triad—such as red, blue, and cream, mixed and nuanced, and varied even further by different strokes and thicknesses to the point of plastic outlines around wide bands. (Picasso once said to Christian Zervos: “Actually, one works with few colors. But it makes them seem a lot when each one is in the right place.”) These wedged on,

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