From September 6th through October 25th, David Zwirner Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings by James Bishop. The exhibition contains some of his work from the 1960s to the early 1980s. It is on view at second floor of 537 West 20th Street location. James Bishop, while still keeping traditions of post-war abstraction, has created his own visual that captures viewer with its subtle colors and the light that is captured within. His immensely large paintings gathered together in one room as each painting glows from within. Drawn by the light, the viewers are invited to look closer and examine all of its layers and transparent nature of its paint.
James Bishop, Untitled [Stone], 1969, Oil on canvas, 196 x 196 cm, Purchased 1973, National Gallery of Australia.
His use of vertical and horizon lines divide up his delicate space into a window. He creates delicate layers to carry light on its own, and when all the layers come together, Bishop creates this frames within the painting that lets the under layers to shine through. In some of his paintings, he uses linear quality to create abstraction of architectural element. He interweaves painting and drawing to create a quiet corner of his world. Bishop’s works not only explores the linear quality and a flat form, but also his use of layering creates ambiguities of material opacity and transparency. Bishop has created unique language within the post-war abstraction era. He has mastered his craftsmanship of his medium and created subtle, light-capturing window to his world.