ANTHONY EYTON RA

Drawing on Hawksmoor ** EXHIBITION EXTENDED **

07 Nov 2014 - 30 Jan 2015
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St George in the East, 2014


Following from the success of his exhibition, ‘Spitalfields Paintings’ in Spring 2011, artist Anthony Eyton is set to return to Eleven Spitalfields on 6th November. ‘Drawing on Hawksmoor’, originated from a suggestion by Architect and gallery owner Chris Dyson’s suggestion that Eyton produce a series focusing on the London churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor.

The exhibition of more than 20 pieces includes a myriad of vibrant oil paintings and pastels produced since 2012, as well as a selection of early sketches and paintings from the very beginning of Eyton’s career.

The exhibition reflects the artist’s longstanding affiliation with the architect, who is most well-known for his work completed alongside Christopher Wren in the late 17th Century. It is Hawksmoor’s collection of East London churches that serve as inspiration for Eyton.  An iconic collection of buildings, the recognisable churches narrowly avoided sliding into dilapidation, before efforts in the mid-20th Century to restore them to their former glory.

As the title suggests, ‘Drawing on Hawksmoor’ features pre-dominantly drawn works, the majority of which are in pastel, that possess an incredible sense of urgency. Described by gallerist Kapil Jariwala as a ‘crazy energy...the result of an eye that sees rhythm.’

Speaking on the exhibition, Eyton says; ‘Pastel is an immediate and vibrant medium, malleable and sensitive to light. In a word, it is drawing with colour, ideal to express Hawksmoor’s supremacy of design.  A mantra ‘stone by stone’ goes through my head so that intimacy can combine to express the solids and voids of his churches.’

‘Drawing on Hawksmoor’ is a reflection of Eyton’s longstanding connection with London’s East end, as well as his enduring relation   ship with Eleven Spitalfields. His first exhibition at the gallery took place in 2011, and featured works produced when the artist occupied a studio situated on the adjacent Hanbury Street.

EVENT SERIES

Private View - Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6.30 - 8.30pm

Official exhibition opening, with introduction by Charles Saumarez Smith at 7pm

Artist Talk - in conversation with Owen Hopkins (RA Architecture Programme)

Thursday 27th November - 7pm

Spaces limited, to attend please RSVP to - info@elevenspitalfields.com

Poetry reading - Thomas Pearson (ARUP)

Thursday 4th December - 7pm

Spaces limited, to attend please RSVP to

info@elevenspitlafields.com