Stephen Appleby-Barr, Above The Clouds, Below The Sky
November 14 - December 6
Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and etchings by Stephen Appleby-Barr.
Since moving to England in late 2017, Stephen Appleby-Barr has been developing the next chapter in the narrative for his imaginative and exquisitely rendered paintings. Taking inspiration to the extreme, he fabricated an archive of intricate flora and architectural maquettes to inform the backgrounds and storylines for his paintings. The historical sites Appleby-Barr references in his paintings, including the Arch de Triomphe in Paris and the Duomo in Florence, are visited by both familiar and new characters – Dark Messenger, Pantyhose and Solomon encounter British muses, all adorned in characteristically elaborate period attire with modern twists.
The impulse to make these objects became really pressing when I started living in Berlin. There was so much to process and I wanted reference material that didn’t really exist. I started sculpting, little figures and buildings. I could light and arrange them and they would suggest compositions to me. I liked the results and had that lovely feeling that says “Oh, dear, you’re going to spend all of your time doing this.” Some friends invited Cody and me to stay with them in Chianti. They drove us into Florence and walked me up to Brunelleschi’s Duomo and I was dumbstruck. I wanted to fly around this thing and see it from all angles. So, I had to make it. Making one thing suggests the next. My goal is to create a whole library of these sculptures to serve as reference.
– Stephen Appleby-Barr
Opening reception: Thursday, November 14, 6-8PM
Artist talk with Daniel Strong: Saturday, November 16, 2PM
Image: Stephen Appleby-Barr, The Anatomy of Trees, 2019