Graham Crowley: Light Fiction

17.05.24 – 23.06.24

Graham Crowley 'Workshop: Hastings 8' oil on board, 40×50cm, 2023

(image: Graham Crowley 'Workshop: Hastings 8' oil on board, 40×50cm, 2023)

"I paint shadows.

I'm intrigued by luminosity in painting. This is the driving force behind 'Light Industry'. I've always been fascinated by paintings like those of Manet. The way in which the image and the painting as its own object can be seen simultaneously – fused together as a single luminous entity. This remarkable duality is one of painting's defining characteristics.

Creativity and class are long–standing preoccupations of mine and one of the ways that I've discovered to navigate these complex issues is by employing a variety of vernacular idioms. In this instance it's a rather obsolete, low–tech graphic device, the duotone. My intention is to make paintings that are both luminous and their own object. This dictates the way I paint. I apply Paynes Gray pigment directly into the medium. Wet into wet, then glaze."

Domo Baal is delighted and proud to present Graham Crowley's solo exhibition 'Light Fiction' in the gallery. Crowley is the winner of the 32nd John Moores Painting Prize, which was awarded for his painting 'Light Industry'. His paintings have been selected for the exhibition ten times previously with the first time being in 1976 and in 2008 he was also a jury member for the Prize. Later this year he will present a solo exhibition at TM Lighting in London and in Spring 2025 the Walker Gallery, Liverpool are holding a solo exhibition of his work.

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