23rd Oct – 21st Nov 2020

From Oct 23 to Nov 21, 2020, Galerie Thomas Fuchs holds its first solo exhibition of British artist Danny Romeril ( born in 1996 in Jersey, GB; lives and works in London, GB ).

Many of Danny Romeril’s paintings revolve around the theme of music, with jazz musicians playing a particularly important role in his oeuvre. For his latest series, however, the artist concentrates solely on instruments displayed in a fictional music store and refrains from the presence of any figures. The contrast between musical instruments and their missing players is reflected in the equally strong contrast between the presence and absence of music.

In "Norman’s music" the viewer looks through a shop window at an array of various guitars, brass instruments and drums. The implied depth of the corner window turns into a flat distortion of the display. Saturated Primary colors set the tone of the painting: the deep blue storefront frames the yellow brass instruments, which are presented on red cloth. The green background highlights the hanging guitars, which vary in form and color. Although the work is in fact a still life, Romeril's rough and dynamic brushstrokes turn the instruments into living objects. A certain vibrancy erupts from the objects as if they are simply waiting to be played again and thus turning into a visual placeholder for the music.

Danny Romeril’s paintings often have thick layers of paint that create an almost three-dimensional effect and contrast the rather flat depictions of the motifs. Especially the use of paper and pieces of canvas, among other things, which are sometimes applied by Romeril to the canvas as collage, creates layers and contours that break up the two-dimensional depictions. In "Original hard shell case" chunky color stripes run in the background, which gives the painting a rough structure. Bold contours separate the guitar case from the pastose surface. Not light and shadow, but color indicates the highlights and depths of the motifs. Fast and intuitive brushstrokes make up the shapes and forms of the objects and give them a sense of restlessness.

After painting figures and musicians, a music store closed during the lockdown has become an inspiring approach to the transition to still life painting. The four ink drawings of the exhibition document Romeril's work with the genre. Stacked, hanging, leaning and standing - Romeril's instruments seem to have a life of their own. Whether flute, harp or accordion, the ink drawings with their combination of different objects interacting with each other have become a key element in Danny Romeril's work.

For his exhibition "Music shop music" Danny Romeril invites us to a somewhat paradoxical music shop that is full of music and at the same time there is none. The eerie scene of "Window display Reflected city" shows five instruments that are almost forgotten in the music store window. The street and the full moon are reflected in the window showing life outside of the shop, while the instruments look outside almost longingly to be a part of it. Through the use of collage, Danny Romeril creates an inner and outer world in the picture: the window frame and the moon reflection form a transparent barrier to the musical instruments, which as a result are moved further into the painting. They are trapped behind the window and become silent, unnoticed observes of the life outside.

Danny Romeril's depiction of musical instruments captures the current atmosphere. The instruments, which eagerly want to be played, remain in suspension, are silenced and in a moment of unclear stagnation. The liveliness of the color and the dynamic brushstrokes contain an underlining restlessness to continue or to move forward and in some way play the music that cannot be heard.

Danny Romeril, Original hard shell case, 2020, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Original hard shell case, 2020
oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm
Danny Romeril, Window display Reflected city, 2020, oil and collage on canvas, 160 x 195 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Window display Reflected city, 2020
oil and collage on canvas, 160 x 195 cm
Installation View, Danny Romeril, Music shop music, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Installation View
Installation View, Danny Romeril, Music shop music, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Installation View
Danny Romeril, Night music, 2020, oil and collage on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Night music, 2020
oil and collage on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
Danny Romeril, Music Shop Window, 2019-2020, oil and collage on canvas, 127 x 101 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Music Shop Window, 2019-2020
oil and collage on canvas, 127 x 101 cm
Installation View, Danny Romeril, Music shop music, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Installation View
Danny Romeril, Norman's music, 2020, oil on canvas, 185 x 90 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Norman's music, 2020
oil on canvas, 185 x 90 cm
Danny Romeril, Guitar leaning up on drum, 2020, ink on paper, 41,7 x 30,4 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Guitar leaning up on drum, 2020
ink on paper, 41,7 x 30,4 cm
Danny Romeril, Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy, 2020, ink on paper, framed, 41,7 x 30,4 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy, 2020
ink on paper, framed, 41,7 x 30,4 cm
Installation View, Danny Romeril, Music shop music, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Installation View
Danny Romeril, Guitar rack, 2020, oil, charcoal and collage on canvas, 85 x 55 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Guitar rack, 2020
oil, charcoal and collage on canvas, 85 x 55 cm
Danny Romeril, 4 Harmonicas ( new city landscape ), 2020, oil and collage on canvas, 85 x 55 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
4 Harmonicas ( new city landscape ), 2020
oil and collage on canvas, 85 x 55 cm
Danny Romeril, Original hard shell case, 2020, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Original hard shell case, 2020
oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm
Danny Romeril, Painted drum heads, 2020, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Painted drum heads, 2020
oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm
Installation View, Danny Romeril, Music shop music, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Installation View
Danny Romeril, Folk instruments on a red cloth, 2019-2020, oil and collage on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, Galerie Thomas Fuchs
Folk instruments on a red cloth, 2019-2020
oil and collage on canvas, 100 x 80 cm

Biography

1996 born in Jersey, Channel Islands, GB
2015 — 2016 Foundation Diploma at Highlands College, Jersey, GB
2016 — 2019 B.A. in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, London, GB
2019 La Brea Studio Residency, L. A., US

Danny Romeril lives and works in London, GB


Exhibitions

2020
"Music shop music", Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)
"FBA Futures 2020", Mall Galleries, GB (G)
"London Art Fair", VAB Gallery, GB (G)

2019
"One hit Wonder", New Art Projects, London, GB (S)
"Florence Hutchings and Danny Romeril", The Cabin, L. A., US (G)
"Personal Narratives", Crypt Gallery St Pancras, London, GB (G)
Central Saint Martins Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London, GB (G)
"Open Studios", Central Saint Martins, London, GB (G)

2018
"Places Faces", New Arts Projects, London, GB (G)
"Endless Summer", Melbourne AU (G)
"Slightly Seared on the Reality Grill", Unit 5 Gallery, London, GB (G)
"Leben, Essen, Landschaft und Mode"Nordheimer Scheune, Nordheim, DE (G)
"Open Studios", Central Saint Martins, London, GB (G)

2017
"Open Studios", Central Saint Martins, London, GB (G)
"Yes Master", New Cross Gate, London, GB (G)
"Mud", Doomed Gallery, London, GB (G)


(S) Solo Exhibition
(G) Group Exhibition

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