We are delighted to offer Derrick Guild's remarkable installation Ever After for The Edinburgh Festival 2019.
Derrick Guild creates a cabinet of curiosities for the post-modern, digital world. His rediscovery, or rather for the painter for whom it has never gone away, his repurposing of drawing and oil paint is in the context of a semiotic investigation of culture, art history and enlightenment. Guild is as comfortable constructing objects and vitrines as drawing, making moving images as permanent marks in paint, and sees no barrier in his varied approach, no essential difference between the conceptual and object-based practice.
In Ever After he has looked at the most traditional of Joshua Reynold’s orders: portraiture and forced us to interrogate how we look and so what we learn. He takes the miniature, the small oval format, and provides a detail, not a face - against all expectations and in an installation of many of these miniature details our mind tries to reconstruct a whole. He has copied portraits by some of history’s most painterly artists: Velásquez, Raeburn and Lely, but as grids of labels, each bearing a detail, or single labels with a partial of the whole: art imitating art concealing art. But he does not deny his own instinct towards beauty and each work has satisfied the need: delicacy, balance and harmony achieved at an exquisite pitch in each work, however disembodied.
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Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely View details
Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely2019oil on linenH:173cm W:122cm£22,000detail of Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely View details
detail of Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely2019oil on linenH:173cm W:122cmSingle Label Anne Hyde, after Sir Peter Lely View details
Single Label Anne Hyde, after Sir Peter Lelyoil on linen panelH:26cm W:18cmSoldEver After, after Raeburn and Liotard View details
Ever After, after Raeburn and Liotardoil on canvas in four piecesH:40cm W:38cmSoldHorse Eye From Life View details
Horse Eye From Life2019oil on linenH:5cm W:6cmSoldEver After, after Danloux and van der Kooi View details
Ever After, after Danloux and van der Kooioil on linen in four piecesH:38cm W:32cm£3,900Costume Detail, after Skirving View details
Costume Detail, after Skirving2019oil on linenH:10.5cm W:8cmSoldLips, after van der Helst View details
Lips, after van der Helst2019oil on linenH:5cm W:6cmSoldEver After, Louis Napoleon Oval after Hodges View details