30 Davies St
Jan 18 - Feb 20
JD Malat Gallery
JD Malat Gallery present Wandering Intuition, a solo exhibition by leading figurative artist Henrik Aa. Uldalen. Presented on the gallery’s virtual exhibition platform, PARALLEL, the show consists of Uldalen’s most experimental body of work to date.
Internationally renowned for his ethereal portraits of figures caught within refined and expressive regions of paint, Uldalen strives to capture liminal and limbo-like states of the human condition, visually translating ideas concerned with the metaphysical rather than a physical conceivable world.
The paintings in Wandering Intuition were made during Uldalen’s participation in last year’s Arthouse 1606 in Tequisquiapan, Mexico, an annual residency project where professional artists are invited to work under one roof for the duration of a month. During this residency, Uldalen was presented with the task of trusting his ‘intuition’ to inspire creativity and experimentation in an effort to authentically reflect a wider cultural context always in flux.
“The making of Wandering Intuition has been an unexpected and revealing journey for me, allowing me to freely pursue instinct and intuition in my work. To let the road reveal itself whilst walking, with no map, makes for interesting travels, destinations you would never expect to find.” – Henrik Aa. Uldalen
The goal behind Arthouse 1606 was to strengthen cross-cultural connections between a diverse group of professional artists. During the residency, Uldalen was able to draw from a nexus of inspiration, subsequently sparking a new avenue for his exploration of the human form in paint. The figures in these canvases are bound within abstract and textured flourishes of paint, a technique much more experimental and expressive in its nature when compared to the artist’s previous body of work. Wandering Intuition thus highlights the endless possibilities of figurative representation, and underlines Uldalen’s role as a protagonist in the wider field of contemporary figurative painting.
Wandering Intuition runs online on JD Malat Gallery’s PARALLEL platform until 20 February.
Image: Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Entrega, 2020
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