Alex Jorgensen - Umbi s1.04
'Alex Jorgensen is the rarest of painters, whose quiet lyricism, whose abstracted view of things offers a sense of what it really means to look. Earlier abstracts have some grounding in the best of post-war British non-figuration, Alex using the paint surface as a rich equivalence for the textures of the light, the natural geometries of earth and sky. Not referential pictures, but distilling sensation, the world concentrated into the quietest arrangements of floating shape and colour. Images of balances, of adjuncts and counterpoints, forms that meet, group and position like the components of a Morandi still-life.
The best painters help us to see. In Alex's case, there is always a sense of underlying design, of ordering, so his abstracts and landscapes are intertwined. Just as he deals in the essence of paint, he deals with the fabric of place too, subjects coloured and shaped by the fall of the sky, a painter who gets to the weather of his location, and through a rare economy of means.'
David Whiting 2015
Tray framed oil on canvas
Canvas size 21.5 x 16.5cm