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Gareth Cadwallader

Gareth Cadwallader

Half-Lowered Eyelids, 18 January 2019 – 22 February 2019

Friday January 18 - Friday February 22, 2019


Josh Lilley is pleased to present “Half-Lowered Eyelids”, British painter Gareth Cadwallader’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Buoyed by crystalline composition from a school of rigor and obsession connecting Paolo Uccello and Vladimir Tatlin, Cadwallader paints small Realist jewel portals — never larger than 10 x 8 inches — depicting acts that cannot be quantified. These acts include looking, thinking, and relaxing.

Cadwallader controls the viewer’s eye with understated precision, creating subliminal, sanguine and total balance. His scenes of nature and flat light, aloof from culture and history, depict a place where banality is psychedelic and time can slow to a stop. Cadwallader paints chimera — scenes of obscure, unpinnable portent that are composed of familiar elements. They offer beauty without resolution.

“Half-Lowered Eyelids” is the most substantial presentation of the artist’s work to date, comprising 11 works exhibited for the first time along with Milk, first shown in the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist’s book, available at the gallery for the run of the show.

Gareth Cadwallader (b. 1979, Swindon, UK) studied at the Royal College of Art, London, Slade School of Fine Art, London, and Hunter College, New York. In the past 15 years he has participated in solo and group exhibitions at Hannah Barry, the Saatchi Gallery and Josh Lilley, London; Choi and Lager, Cologne; Le Vecteur, Charleroi, Belgium; and the Peckham Pavilion, Venice. Cadwallader lives and works in London, and has been represented by Josh Lilley since spring 2018.