Space is delighted to present NewWorks by Tim Bavington. This is the first solo UK show by the London born artist who is now based in Las Vegas. The exhibition runs from 12th January to 11th February 2005.
Bavington makes pictures with spray-painted stripes in high-keyed colours of acrylic paint in what has become his signature style of hazy hard-edged abstraction. His influences range from such diverse experiences as his employment as a freelance illustrator for The Simpsons, his study of Bridget Riley’s paintings of the 1960s, the art of Ed Ruscha, as well as the sun-drenched desert and night time neon of the Las Vegas landscape, prompting art critic and curator David Hickey to describe his work as looking like “neon in the mist”.
In his latest paintings, Bavington uses music as the basis for his work. By linking the twelve-hue colour wheel to the twelve-tone musical scale and assigning every note a different colour, his paintings take as their starting point songs or guitar solos by such iconic and flamboyant rock bands as The Darkness and Allman Brothers. Bavington’s airbrushed paintings conjoin the calculated restraint of hard-edge with the unabashed expression of Abstract Expressionism. On a visual backbeat of colour, he riffs and grooves in inspired moments, hitting high notes, bringing out the depth and nuance of his abstract compositions.