DAVILLE BAILLIE GALLERY
A solo exhibition by Jimmy Law
4 to 28 August 2019
The Daville Baillie Gallery is proud to present the exhibition VARIA by Jimmy Law, a series of portraits and figure studies executed in acrylic and oil paint. The show also includes limited edition prints on brushed aluminium and glossy Perspex.
The human figures in the paintings of Jimmy Law are energetic and expressive. His artwork is a portrayal of proud individuals, elevated above the humdrum of everyday life. It is an art that is suggestive, provocative and self-contained.
“The faces of my portraits fill most of the canvas,” Law says. “Not much negative space is left and instead, huge, larger than life countenances gaze back at the viewer. This, along with strong use of contrast, composition and the gritty, expressive style of my work makes for rather dramatic images.”
Our exhibition title VARIA reflects on the self-image, presented to the public, of myriad anonymous personalities. It brings together the most recent explorations by the artist who is continually refining his method, in a quest to impart movement and coded individualism into his work.
In his self-styled visual language, Jimmy Law exposes us to the act of looking, and questions why we do so, and when.
Jimmy Law was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in 1970. After matriculating he studied Graphic Design Technikon of the Orange Free State.
Moving to Cape Town he found work at a printing company in Woodstock. Clothing design and manufacture of surfboards followed, but it was his work as a freelance and comic book artist that sustained him with painting being a spare time activity.
In 2008 he moved to painting full time, in a painstaking photorealistic style. In 2010 he radically changed his approach using only large brushes, which initiated some remarkable changes and effectively jettisoned his career. Today his works adorn the homes and offices of clients around the world.