The Dairy Art Centre in London is presenting the first exhibition in 15 years of the seminal American artist Julian Schnabel. The exhibition brings together new and rarely seen works created within the last two decades. Now known as much for his critically acclaimed films as for his art, this exhibition is both a re-evaluation and a celebration of Julian Schnabel the painter – his primary occupation.
As an artist Schnabel has invented new boundaries and categories of what a painting can be. His work is both abstract and figurative, often manifesting both characteristics simultaneously. His series explore a wide range of subject matter and visual motifs, and for his exhibition at Dairy Art Centre, works being displayed will examine themes of ‘The Painter and the Painting,’ and ‘Spirituality and the Sublime.’ These will be contrasted with other works shown in series that incorporate oriental imagery, expressive abstraction and portraits of the artist. At every point within the exhibition, the enormous depth of Julian Schnabel’s visual imagination will challenge the possibility of what painting might be.