Kerry Law – Artist Feature
Kerry Law – Stacking paint and mortality
There is an endearing seriality about Kerry Law’s painting practice. He is committed to his subjects and often works in isolated bodies of work until he has pushed the idea and subject as far as he can or can stand to. He must care about the subjects to paint them so often in isolated bodies of work – but he doesn’t fuss with them. Instead, he plays with what paint can do in different temperaments and attitudes.
I’m most curious – at the moment with Kerry’s proclivity towards painting graveyards and tombstones. This may sound morbid or didactic but it’s sweet, soft, playful, sometimes graphic and like all of Kerry’s work, about much more than the subject.
Kerry is using the form of a gravestone and a graveyard to connect with the future, history and mortality. He does this while also channeling art history and building his own sweet, funny yet hard to face body of work about what happens when we pass on.
Law’s painting’s make me wonder how an artist can paint about fate, mortality, figure foreground, Phillip Guston and Bonnard at the same time. The simplification and the stacking of the tombstone create compositions not interested in real physical space – but interested in connection.
The tombstones often hover on or near each-other – in real life, this is stressful and heartbreaking but in these paintings the stacking forces me to think only of color, of art history, and of painting. That isn’t easy – it’s difficult. Additionally, Kerry hasn’t found a compositional formula to cling to. Each painting answers it’s own question, speaks to a time period that references the likes of Guston, Morandi and Bonnard. It connects the past in such a generous way – you forget it’s a painting about a tombstone.
I urge you to follow Kerry and his paintings along.
Kerry Law Website: www.KerryLawArt.com
Kerry Law Instagram: @kerrylawart