AS PART OF OUR RENTAL PROGRAMME THE FOUNDRY GALLERY ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME
joanna bryant projects
26 JUNE TO 2 JULY 2017, 12 - 6PM
PRIVATE VIEW | 27 JUNE, 6 - 8.30PM
CLOSING SUNDAY BRUNCH | 2 JULY 12-2PM
Several years ago, whilst on a residency in Berlin, François discovered the urban wastelands. These uncultivated patches, in the heart of the city, are spaces of freedom for weeds that arise without conditioning. They are a beautiful metaphor for what will be born and what we do not yet know. Using black ink, anthracite charcoals and thin washes of fresh, dancing colour, François Pont's engravings/paintings offer a sense of space and rhythm in the landscape - valleys, mountains, lagoons, crossings, openings, passages and regeneration.
The spontaneity and lightness of transparent colour wash applied to delicate Chinese paper, combined with the repetitive and laborious methods of printing, give new and unique life to each engraving. The large format of each print opens up the space, interrupted by gestural accents and lines that rise, descend, dig and move away, capturing all the vibrations of the wastelands and the gardens of François Pont - his landmarks in this vast world.
Born in Switzerland in 1957, François has lived in London since 1979 and studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Byam Shaw and Camberwell College of Art and Design, graduating with a Postgraduate Degree in Printmaking in 1989. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Berlin and Switzerland including Foundation Louis Moret in Martigny. His work is in the collections of the V&A Museum, St Thomas' Hospital, Swiss National Print collection in Zurich, Cabinet des Estampes, Vevey and Art Museum of Valais, Sion. François now lives and works in London, where he takes care of small patches of English-style urban gardens.
ABOUT JOANNA BRYANT PROJECTS: Joanna Bryant & Julian Page opened their new business in the Spring of 2015 to support carefully selected contemporary artists working in London, by presenting their work alongside, and in the context of, more established artists. We offer exceptional new works for sale to clients and collectors who are seeking out mid-career and emerging talent as well as high quality secondary market work by established names. We curate a programme of 6-8 exhibitions per year, often collaborating with galleries, dealers and at art fairs, and through that process we are able to tease out new and surprising dialogues with which to engage our audience.