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Oona Hassim - Woolff Gallery

Work by Oona Hassim

Exhibition preview

WOOLFF Gallery is presenting a dynamic new series of paintings by artist Oona Hassim. A solo exhibition, it will be on display from January 27 to March 9, 2012.

Represented by Woolff Gallery since 2002, Oona Hassim’s works are exhibited worldwide. Her paintings can be found in the London Institute Collection and one of her topical works of the G20 demonstrations, March 2011, was selected for display at the 2011 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.

Hassim’s unique style of painting is poised between figurative and abstract. Focusing on random crowds and the passage of life that traverses the city of London, her distinctive palette of soft greys juxtapose against colourful crowds and neon lights.

The potent emblem of the city is its crowds and her new works explore the explosion of recent activity and unrest on the streets. As an impartial spectator, it allows Hassim to observe the vast charge of changing energy within the city.

The works reflect the city’s atmosphere – from benign marches to reactive demonstrations, Hassim’s paintings harness the power of mass movement and map the mood of its people.

Often painting people to the point of disappearance, her use of blur references Gerhard Richter’s Demo in one of her recent works, Anti-Cuts Demo. This painting explores the power of crowds at public demonstrations such as the March 2011 protest rally against the coalition government’s cuts within the public sector.

Here, she examines the UK’s largest union-organised march since the Second World War, reflecting upon the manner in which passionate crowds can never move freely due to the constraint of the city landscape and event marshalling.

In contrast, Hassim’s expression of April 2011’s Royal Wedding depicts the celebration of patriot colours in an exuberant, yet controlled city. Oona Hassim records these historic events in the traditional and timeless medium of oils and the result is both tempestuous and emotive.

As one of the contemporary artists who continues to express concern about the city as a paradigm for society, Oona Hassim depicts its paradox of positive and negative energies and comments:

“Perhaps to fully understand the city, we need to grasp at all of its trajectories, its intimate corners and blinding glitter, and somehow attempt to weave together these disparate qualities.”

Admission: Free.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 6pm, Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Woolff Gallery, 89 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PU

Tel:0207 631 0551