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Extended through May 1, 2021

Spencer Sweeney

Queue

February 22–May 1, 2021
Davies Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Spencer Sweeney, Blue Head in Shadow, 2020 Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Blue Head in Shadow, 2020

Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Absurd Patriarch, 2020 Oil, Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencil on linen, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Absurd Patriarch, 2020

Oil, Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencil on linen, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Salacious Demon, 2021 Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Salacious Demon, 2021

Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Elemental, 2020 Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Elemental, 2020

Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, The Kerfuffle, 2020 Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, The Kerfuffle, 2020

Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Head Construct Blue Yellow White, 2021 Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Head Construct Blue Yellow White, 2021

Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Woman with Blue Eye, 2021 Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Woman with Blue Eye, 2021

Oil and charcoal on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Atonal Music Mask Blue and Red: After Cecil Taylor, 2020 Oil, oil stick, and distemper on linen, 41 ½ × 30 ½ inches (105.4 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Atonal Music Mask Blue and Red: After Cecil Taylor, 2020

Oil, oil stick, and distemper on linen, 41 ½ × 30 ½ inches (105.4 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Elemental with Swan, 2021 Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Elemental with Swan, 2021

Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Carnival Mask, 2020 Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Carnival Mask, 2020

Oil, distemper, and acrylic on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Blue Anguish, 2021 Oil on linen with paintbrushes, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Blue Anguish, 2021

Oil on linen with paintbrushes, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Weeping Ghoul, 2021 Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Weeping Ghoul, 2021

Oil on linen, 40 × 30 ½ inches (101.6 × 77.5 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Abraham the Poet, 2020 Oil on linen, 18 × 14 inches (45.7 × 35.6 cm)© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

Spencer Sweeney, Abraham the Poet, 2020

Oil on linen, 18 × 14 inches (45.7 × 35.6 cm)
© Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

When I’m painting, I often become very involved with these different personalities that come about. . . . It’s an automatic process of a personality that comes from the motion of my hand and from my imagination.
—Spencer Sweeney

Gagosian is pleased to present Queue, an exhibition of new paintings by Spencer Sweeney.

Sweeney’s imagery is centered on the human figure, ranging from semiabstract reclining nudes to surreal, ambiguously gendered self-portraits. Conveying intense emotion through lively color and deft handling of paint, his art maps the physical and psychological spaces occupied by the body.

In his paintings, Sweeney moves among art historical references, emulating the enigmatic tone and audacious palette of Surrealist and Russian Expressionist figures such as Alexej von Jawlensky. Deriving further inspiration from the drive of jazz improvisation, Sweeney allows faces and encounters from his subconscious to rise to the surface as he paints. The resulting works, which he describes as having been created through an instinctive, “automatic” process, are abstract topographies and dreamscapes as much as they are traditional portraits. Surpassing the simple objective recording of their subjects, they chart the subjective interiorities of the human psyche.

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Davies Street, London

17–19 Davies Street
London W1K 3DE

+44 20 7493 3020
london@gagosian.com

The exhibition space is viewable through the gallery windows from 8am to 8pm.

In the interest of public health, this gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.

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