May 4th - 26th, 2018
“Each piece is a story, or an aspect of a story that writes itself as I work on it. What has happened? Who are these people? What is their story? I hope to create work that is open to interpretation, asks questions and invites involvement rather than providing answers.”
Sheffield, UK painter and self-taught artist Craww is known for creating rich characters, realized with a mixture of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos. For his first Arch Enemy solo exhibition, Craww’s work appears with a new and added sense of order, as moments of passage and transformation are structured and marked by ritual, with each piece channeling its own energy into a larger narrative.
Craww works in chapters. Each painting and collection is a continuation of themes, and a new piece of one ongoing storyline, exploring the natural world, populated by muses surrounded by flowing lines and natural forms. With each piece he reveals a little more and uncovers more about these moments seemingly ambiguous connections, and reveals another passage from the story.
It’s a balance between having a clear focus, and liking to play with ambiguity in his work. Craww says he’s never been a ‘big idea’ kind of artist, instead building his story piece by piece and moment by moment, hoping to encourage a story that writes itself.
With Incantation, his newest chapter, Craww hopes the answers are still hidden, and the ending of the story is still a mystery, inviting participating and engagement from an active viewer to consider life and death, beauty and decay, strength and fragility, and the interplay between conflicting and complementing forces of nature.
"Invocation" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 39.5 x 31.5" unavailable
"Somnium" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 39.5 x 31.5" unavailable
"Purpose" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 19.75 x 27.5" unavailable
"Slip" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 19.75 x 27.5" unavailable
"Kindle" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 15.75 x 31.5" $1400 USD
"Space Between" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 15.75 x 31.5" $1400 USD
"Masquerade" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 7.8 x 19.7" $750 USD
"Umbral" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 7.8 x 19.7" $750 USD
"Conjuration" (2018) oil on stretched canvas 7.8 x 19.7" unavailable