New York

Lynton Wells

Cunningham Ward Gallery

Lynton Wells’ work is a kind of synthesis of photography and painting. In his show at Cunningham Ward, there are four large four-panel works, and two smaller single-panel works which appear to be sketches. Wells’ works are large photographic prints made on photosensitized linen, stretched on a frame, and partially painted with black or white acrylic. The subjects photographed are a studio wall, and normal studio paraphernalia, such as ladders, reflector lamps, wires, and huge sheets of clear plastic. There is no special sense of the artist’s studio about the works, or of biography or personal quaintness. The arrangements of objects are simple and straightforward, if not always clear. Wells takes advantage of the accepted reality of the photographic depiction, and confuses it with the application of paint. The painted lines or areas conflict with, and at times destroy, the illusion of depth

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