Champ Lacombe, Biarritz, is presenting the work of
« My painting process involves working in masses and lines simultaneously, considering volumes and spaces, in many iterations, where the image may be radically repainted, reminiscent of the way Auerbach and Kossoff paint, and how Giacometti’s sculptures arrive from the adding and taking away of clay. Painting is a precarious high-wire act, a risky mixture of the planned and the accidental. I am fascinated by the depiction of the human form as a 3D structure, in space, and how the application of paint and colours aligns with how we see and perceive, physiologically, psychologically and culturally. »
Chuhan’s gem-like works create a visual equivalence of her emotions. Embedded with a spirit that is at once melancholic, whilst also inquisitive, and filled with passion and joy for the very surface of which they are made, they are monuments to a life lived in devotion to the act of painting. To the act of mark making so instinctive, repetitive and pure in its insistence you sense the dedication in each layer.
Jai Chuhan is an Indian-born British artist. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally in Italy, Belgium, Singapore and America and in the UK at Tate Liverpool; Barbican, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Ikon, Birmingham; Tramway, Glasgow; Arnolfini, Bristol; Commonwealth Institute, London; Horizon Gallery, London; Watermans Arts Centre, London and Pitzhanger, London. Solo exhibitions include Small Paintings, Qrystal Partners, London (2023); Remodel: Painting Studio, Asia Triennial, Manchester (2018); Decanting Desire, Liverpool Biennial (2014) and J Chuhan: Recent Paintings, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool (2013). Her paintings and drawings are in the collections of the Tate, the Arts Council Collection and Cartwright Hall in Bradford.
Jai Chuhan, “Small Paintings”, Qrystal Partners, London