Allan Boston's Recent Paintings reveal an obsessional interest in cars. He treats them however, not in a meticulous or even fetishistic manner, but as objects whose shape and colour offer great formal possibilities. He says of his work: "the cars are used as drawn elements that track across the surface of the pictures and disturb the colour."
While these paintings use a traditionally male imagery, the reverence shown to the cars is minimal. Boston distances himself from them and their importance is lessened by the use of space and colour around them. There is a suggestion that Boston's cars are in fact toys, because of their small size and arrangements.
James Rosenthal's installation Merciful Vessels uses painted representations of commonplace objects, painted in naive, exaggerated style. At first sight these objects appear decorated merely with flowers and squirls, yet closer inspection reveals the intrusion of a 'masculine; imagery: planes,boats, cars, chimneys, etc.
The distortion of scale, and the pictures within pictures, remind one of medieval religious wall paintings, especially in the church-like atmosphere of Chisenhale Gallery.
This text is taken from the press release for Allan Boston and James Rosenthal, July 1988.