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Brixton Sounds - Red Gate Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of paintings by painter/musician Errol Linton, Brixton Sounds, will be on display at the Red Gate Gallery from March 6 to March 12, 2009. It will be accompanied by live blues music.

Errol Linton’s work transports the spectator immediately into a world of hustle and bustle filled with music, voices, people shouting, singing, preaching, bargaining. If you were to squint, all would melt into an explosion of colour, pattern and form. If you tried hard enough you could almost here music played or smell the various goods sold: fish, jerk chicken….

Some of Linton’s more recent works seem to take simple scenes to extremes, as if all of the above were magnified and amplified. Voices suddenly become a symphony of a thousand mouths talking, singing, screaming, whispering. Simple glances suddenly turn into a multitude of prying, laughing, wandering or gazing eyes. Shadowy figures stalk the night deathlike……

Bold in colour and brush stroke, Linton’s paintings are reminiscent of fauvism and surrealism yet they are very idiosyncratic in style and denote of the artist’s unique power of imagination and strength of expression.

Brixton born, Linton starts from a small simple sketch, developing the composition from memory and imagination. For over twenty five years he has been painting, carving and performing music.

He says “I feel my music and art feed off each other. I like trying to capture the atmosphere and movement of the moment.”

Private View/live performance: Friday, March 6 – from 6pm to 11pm.

Times: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Last day of exhibition – from 11am to 5pm.

Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RU

Tel: 020 73260993