Rhys Coren

Fourty-five Played at Thirty-three

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Year 2020
Medium Spray paint on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

This drawing is an explosion; a slowed-down pop song; a frozen moment; a portal.  

About the artist:

Born 1983 Plymouth, Rhys Coren lives and works in Elephant and Castle, London. Graduated from BA (Hons) Art & Visual Culture at UWE, Bristol (2006); and Postgraduate Diploma at Royal Academy Schools, London (2016).

Coren predominantly works with animation and painted marquetry, but also uses writing, light, terrazzo, carpet, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions have focussed on the use of walking as a means to combat anxiety, using the literal journey as a metaphor for his own life journey. The imagery contained within these works can vary from landscapes to diagrams to hints of figuration to typography to abstraction. There is often a visible influence of disco music in most of what he makes, and whatever the medium, he hopes his love of colour, texture, intimacy and detail comes through. Other things to have featured in recent work include embellishment, reduction, parenthood, trees, Elephant & Castle, mental health, primary colours, self-betterment, songs with the word ‘love’ in the title and brain protein.

Selected solo exhibitions include Shape of Story, Seventeen, London (2019); Rock-hard Aura and the Lost Explorer, Grimm Gallery, New York (2018); Main Street Video, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (2018); and Love Motion, Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard / Lumiere Festival, London (2018). Selected group exhibitions include Triple Play, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2020); Summer Exhibition, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2020); Football is Art, The National Museum of Football, Manchester (2019); Rhythm, Stress & Pausing, Super Dutchess, New York (2018); Doors of Paradise, Union Pacific, London (2018); Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City (2018); Dead Heat, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig (2017); Fickle Food Upon A Shifting Plate, Studio Leigh, London (2017); Art Video for Kids, Kunstall Stavanger (2017); and Walled Gardens in an Insane Eden, Marcelle Joseph @ Sara Zanin, Rome (2017).

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