J LouisSubtle Fragments 23 Jan - 22 Mar 2020The American artist J Louis is an accomplished painter of women. Their cropped and fragmentary images are strategically arranged to make dynamic and vibrant compositions. The subject is integrated into a formal schema of veils, skins and blocks of rich and subtle colour. The figure is described with a fluency of draughtsmanship; some passages are thoroughly articulated, while others are sketchily allusive. Delicately-rendered representations of flesh and hair contrast with the various textures of the surrounding painted surface.