Tom de Freston: Paintings After Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside,London

Private View: Tuesday-5th-November,-6.30-8.30-pm

Show runs:4th-November-20th-December-2013- Open:10am-5pm


Extraordinarily original, immediate and totally contemporary-(Sir-Trevor-Nunn)

A selection of five new large scale works produced over the last two years, which continue a fascination with theatre, literature and Shakespeare. Gustav Meyrink’s ‘The Golem’ is also a central source of inspiration.

Here a new series of tableaux are staged across individual paintings, evoking the scenography of an overarching narrative. Protagonists command the abstracted space with dramatic gesture and pose. Catalytic moments are intensified by tumultuous backdrops which dissolve into abstraction, vigorously enhancing the frozen moment at hand. Urgent action is called for as figures teeter on vertiginous precipices and chess board stages. The cast of characters sets itself in motion, a fragmented play to be read across the collection.


All images courtesy of Oli Scarff (Getty Images)Globe3