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Works by Bruce French - Scream Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of new and recent works by emerging British artist Bruce French, entitled simply Works, is on display at the Scream Gallery until December 6, 2008.

Works created with oil and charcoal are being shown alongside fine line drawings in pen and graphite. All were inspired by the artist’s observations from life.

In this, his second exhibition, French revisits the emotional themes of his earlier work – of life’s challenges and failings, and the experiences of coping with everyday existence.

Always drawn from life, whether in person or via a video-phone connection, the images, which are paired down to the simplest figures, represent a kind of emotional diary. Removing the subjects’ individual physical features, French enhances their emotional weight, creating a tension between the viewer and the faceless sitters.

Speaking about the work and his unique style, French said, “The images are not necessarily about a particular person but about enabling an emotive empathy – an instinctive humanistic understanding.”

During the exhibition, the gallery is hosting a new production of Stephen Belber’s acclaimed play Tape, by up and coming, London based theatre company, The Betsey Group. A series of eight evening performances will take place amid the exhibition – from November 18 to 21, and from November 25 to to 28.

A story of three childhood friends brought together after many years, Tape deals with questions of betrayal, jealousy, remorse and forgiveness, and examines the love-hate relationships that often exist between friends.

The Betsey Group, a company of actors who concentrate on “exploring the craft of living truthfully under imaginary circumstances in public places”, chose the tense, fast-paced, psychological drama, having been inspired by French’s emotionally charged work.

Time: 7.30pm.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

Exhibition times: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

Scream Gallery, 34, Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QX

Telephone: 0202 7439 7388