Crews-Chubb’s practice consists of paintings on canvas and paper in which the figures are informed by primitive art and culture as well as pornographic imagery found online. The works demonstrate a seemingly unfinished aesthetic created using a range of methods including collage and spray paint to create language where areas of impasto connect with areas of raw canvas. The works therefore offer the viewer a moment captured in the process of production as opposed to a pristine ‘complete painting’. The paintings share a perverse playfulness often linked to abstract expressionism which stems from the artist’s fondness of painters such as William De Kooning and George Baselitz as well as the European Avant-Guard movement COBRA – where the works were based on spontaneity and experiment and drew inspiration from children’s drawings. The grotesquery associated with Crews- Chubb’s figures derives from notions of existential doubt and the human inability to find an inherent purpose. The works often make references to ancient gods, ritualistic acts and other existential concepts.
DANIEL CREWS-CHUBB (b. 1984, Northampton, United Kingdom) gained his Fine Art BA (HONS) degree from Chelsea College of the Arts in 2009, before completing a year-long alternative postgraduate painting programme in 2013 at Turps Banana founded by Marcus Harvey. He has exhibited regularly in group shows including the Crash Open 2013 selected by Phillip Allen and Neal Tait, and Creakside Open 2013 selected by Paul Noble as well as winning Beers Contemporary’s prize for emerging art in 2014. Daniel currently lives and works in London, UK.
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