American artists, George Condo has exhibited at the Skarskedt Gallery in New York twice before, but this will be his first solo appearance at the new London Gallery on Old Band Street. Born in 1957, he is considered on of America's most influential living artists. But Condo himself, has actually been influenced by the traditions of European artists. When you explore his Ink Drawings, you are undoubtedly seeing a modern day Picasso.
Condo's art has been described as 'abstract realism', however, for this exhibit - which is on display until the 5th April - he has moved to a more impressionistic style. He said that 'my intention with this body of work was to explore the extreme possibilities of ink on paper. I used the medium to create transparent layers of colours. I thought of Rothko at times and his overlapping veils of transcendental space. I placed the figure into this kind of space and used lines to define their ambiguous presence in the void.' This 'void' he speaks of is created through a more subdued colour palate than some of his previous work, sticking mainly to black and brown tones, with just a hint of blue creeping in. The mood created is thus one of somber lament and distress.