Ian Lawrence: Gilt Complex

28 August - 19 September 2021

M1 Fine Art is proud to present a solo exhibition of Ian Lawrence’s latest collection, 'Gilt Complex', on view at M1 Fine Art, Greenwich from 28th August - 19th September 2021. Ian’s vibrant paintings strike a balance between painterly abstraction, rich passages of colour and delicate elements of nature.


This exhibition is more completely concerned with colour than any of his previous exhibitions, the inclusion of gold adding to the range and possibilities of the paintings. The idea of gilding a canvas and using this as a base for painting was borne of Ian’s many years working as a restorer. With its connotations of wealth, godliness and sunshine, gold has been used for centuries, from the early icons through to the paintings of Klimt. Generally, it is used as a block but in these paintings, Ian is doing something different; he is creating an almost holographic surface.



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Image: Ian Lawrence, "Elysian Fields," 2021, Original Acrylic and Gilding on Canvas, Framed, 200 × 100 cm (78.7 × 39.7 inches) © Ian Lawrence