Neil Raitt, Floating Lands, Huxley-Parlour Swallow Street, 11 July - 10 August

Current

11.7 – 10.8 2024

Neil Raitt:Floating Lands

3–5 Swallow Street

Neil Raitt:Floating Lands

11.07 – 10.08.2024

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3–5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to announce Floating Lands, an exhibition of new works by British artist Neil Raitt, opening in July 2024. The exhibition presents large and small scale works that reveal Raitt’s evolving engagement with the landscape genre. Using a spectrum of saturated colours, Raitt’s canvases depict classic iconography of the American landscape as replicating motifs: snow capped peaks, log cabins, cacti and rivers. New, large scale paintings explore idealised jungle scenes in which foliage is brought to the fore.

The exhibition’s title refers to the ambiguity of space which defines Raitt’s works. The artist suspends his imagery against richly coloured grounds, decontextualising it through repetition and juxtaposition, as waterfalls meet desert and cacti take root alongside pine trees. Raitt positions his work dichotomously between the real and the imagined, with recognisable tropes of classical landscape paintings manifest in idealised natural landscapes. Figurative realism gives way to the surreal as each repeated vignette appears subtly altered. Raitt’s landscapes are resultantly uncanny, denying attempts to trace an original as the simulacral impetus overwhelms the picture plane.

The Works

18

1

Neil Raitt

Hot Spring Falls (Jungle Cut Through)

2024

Oil on canvas

2

Neil Raitt

Hot Spring Mountains (Purple Reflections)

2024

Oil on canvas

3

Neil Raitt

Hot Spring River (100 Edit)

2024

Oil on canvas

4

Neil Raitt

Violet Palms

2024

Oil on canvas

5

Neil Raitt

Step Falls (Morning Dew)

2024

Oil on canvas

6

Neil Raitt

Icecap Mountain (Forest Cut Through)

2024

Oil on canvas

7

Neil Raitt

Papaya Palms (Emerald Waters 100 Edit)

2024

Oil on canvas

8

Neil Raitt

Ochre Falls (Tiger)

2024

Oil on canvas

9

Neil Raitt

Moonlight River

2024

Oil on canvas

10

Neil Raitt

Step Falls (Misty Rock)

2024

Oil on canvas

11

Neil Raitt

Spearmint Hills

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

12

Neil Raitt

Ochre Stream

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

13

Neil Raitt

Hot Spring Mountains

2024

Oil on canvas

14

Neil Raitt

Hot Spring River

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

15

Neil Raitt

Magenta Sun (Ochre Clearing)

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

16

Neil Raitt

Ochre Falls

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

17

Neil Raitt

Papaya Palms

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

18

Neil Raitt

Step Falls (Emerald Night)

2024

Watercolour and acrylic on paper

Neil Raitt

B. United Kingdom1986

Neil Raitt

B. United Kingdom1986

Biography

Rather than depicting singular or necessarily even real locations, Neil Raitt distils his landscapes into artificial motifs which generate an uncanny sense of place. These motifs are repeated across his canvases, seamlessly tesselating with the potential to extend infinitely. Whilst their repetition appears almost mechanical, each vignette is individually rendered by Raitt in saturated hues that echo the style of popular television-painter Bob Ross. His unique visual language – somewhere between representation and abstraction – offers a reflection upon the possibilities of artistic production in the digital age.

Neil Raitt was born in Leicester in 1986. He studied Fine Art at Norwich University College of the Arts before receiving his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. The following year, Raitt received the Catlin Art Prize, followed by the Northern Trust Acquisition Prize in 2016.  He has exhibited internationally, including at the the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas and the Centre d’Art Contemporain La Halle des Bouchers in Vienne. Raitt’s work is in the permanent collections of the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Saatchi Collection, London; and the Frank-Suss Collection, London.

Raitt lives and works in London.

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