Josh Lilley is proud to present Three Corner Field, an exhibition of new paintings by British painter Ryan Mosley. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Over the past 15 years, Mosley has become well known for paintings that call freely to thousands of years of art-historical characterisation, from Greek antiquity to Flemish court painting, Commedia dell’arte and Victorian Aestheticism. Clowns, camels and dandys commingle on the artist’s canvases, and signs mutate as they repeat. In 4th-century Hellenic statuary a lady’s hair scraped up and back into an ovoid bun meant we were looking at Persephone; here she’s a dancer keeping strands from her face, or an actress casually showcasing her cheekbones, or an old maid who can’t make the effort. Mosley puts formal elements in all states of being, keeping all combinations alive.