Rupert Gatfield sets out to at once seduce and confound the expectations of his viewer. A quick glance at his paintings may offer a nostalgic colour combination here or the sculptural curve of something seemingly familiar there. But on closer inspection one discovers these initially reassuring signals and symbols are no longer keeping to the path. His paintings are not for calming and/or forgetting –a two-way work out with the viewer to distract or unsettle.
Part of a loose diptych in connection with Arrival, Approach reflects the artist’s current obsession of black swifts, set against a tumbling block pattern, cream paper origami aeroplanes, people and inflatables. A mostly monochromatic surreal work bringing diverse elements together to create an enigmatic allegory filled with white, black and grey, the image gives a glimpse into the artist’s mind.