18 Mar 2018

Tom Leaver

McKenzie Fine Art

Reviewed by Harry Newman

Tom Leaver's paintings seem to float. At the border of abstraction and representation, the blurs and smudges of muddied browns, greens, grays, reds, and oranges evoke landscapes - possibly a river in a swamp, a road through a forest, an opening in the woods. Everything is misty and vague, familiar yet disorienting.

The paint is applied lightly, by hand. Streaks of turpentine are visible in the background, suggesting dissolution of the image, if not the painting itself. Rather than work by design, Leaver follows the flow of the paint into the forms that appear. These are as much about surface and the act of painting as nature or place.

Though they have individual titles like Once Again, I – III and Days Like Today, I – IV (all 2017), it's as a whole that they have the biggest impact. Together, the fifteen works, half large canvases, half small wood panels, give the impression of a recurring dream, arriving at the same place again and again to set off to unknown destinations.

Exhibition Tom Leaver link
Start date 15 Feb 2018
End date 18 Mar 2018 (39 days ago)
Presenter McKenzie Fine Art link
Venue 55 Orchard Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Tom Leaver, Still There, 2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 50 inches, courtesy of McKenzie Fine Art, New York
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