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"Recent Paintings by Ingo Meller"
2003-11-13 until 2003-12-13
Andrew Mummery Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Andrew Mummery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Ingo Meller. There is a beautiful simplicity about Ingo Meller's work. They are pared down paintings with a direct appeal to the senses, which omit everything for which the artist has no use. "I paint oils on canvas, using a brush... It looks artless, spare and thrifty." (Ingo Meller). The paintings are created by the artist using a number of self-imposed rules, about which he is quite explicit. The canvases are bare, irregularly shaped, always unframed and attached directly to the wall, into which they extend, encompassing the architectural space.

The pigments are ready-made, applied direct from the tube and precise descriptions of these colours, Brilliant Yellow, Extra Pale, Williamsburg etc form the titles of the painting. They are factual descriptions, which sound poetic.

This interrelation between the rational and emotional lies at the heart of Meller's work, which seems to mediate serenely between the conceptual and the transcendent. Nothing is apparently left to chance and yet Mellor uses paint in a way that is gestural, subjective and sensuous. "The encounter with the picture is bound up with countless associations. These depend on specific constellations of colour, the way in which the paint is applied, the direction of the strokes, the irregular form of the canvas. The picture appeals to the viewer's ability to see and make connections." (Ingo Meller)

Ingo Meller was born in 1955 and now lives and works in Cologne.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of a fully illustrated book Ingo Meller: Brot und Butter/Bread and Butter with essays by the artist and by Jens Peter Koerver and Adrian Koerfer. Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, the book is available from the Andrew Mummery Gallery for £15 (plus p&p)


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