Dan Perfect’s paintings have a restless energy that permeates their dense compositions. Grounds and figures merge to depict a seething internal world with an imperative to create, connect and situate disparate elements. The paintings include a tumult of ambiguous forms and allusions to lost toys, dream characters, masks, animals, foliage and half-remembered places.
There is an urgent curiosity evident in Perfect’s work that imagines a landscape populated by archetypes, where familiarity, loss and discovery collide. Leading us through this is Perfect’s assured use of line that disciplines and delineates, and which connects the viewer to a panoply of decision-making. Perfect’s free associative works on paper, from which these paintings are developed, have an affinity with animation, and exploit the inherent instability and seductiveness of colour.
Dan Perfect was born in London in 1965 where he lives and works. Shows have included Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People, Anthony d’Offay Gallery; Becks Futures, ICA, London; Exploring Landscape: Eight Views from Britain, Andrea Rosen Gallery; Perfect Drawings, Karsten Schubert and Recent Paintings at One in the Other, London.
Events & Talks
Thursday 7 February, 7pm
Matthew Collings in conversation with Dan Perfect.
Saturday 23 February, 3pm
Chisenhale Director Simon Wallis discusses the exhibition.