The first solo presentation by one of the monstres sacrés’ of contemporary art Julian Schnabel is on view at the Pace Gallery in London until 22 June. The exhibition features twelve recent paintings using imagery and an expressive approach to painting that the artist has refined throughout his career.
Schnabel’s inspiration for the series originates from twelve calendar prints published by John & Josiah Boydell and made by Royal Academy artists William Hamilton (1751–1801) and Francesco Bartolozzi (1727–1815), whose names appear at the bottom of each image. Discovered by Schnabel in a second-hand store in New York City, the original engraved images feature agricultural scenes that depict the seasonal activities of rural England for each month.
“There is often a sense of Julian Schnabel as a medium, through whom painting and gesture appear almost to be self-generating. Yet no matter how diverse the mark-making strategy, the paintings always bear the hallmarks and handwriting of his recognizable self.” – Norman Rosenthal, 2011
The exhibition coincides with the reopening of the Royal Academy for their 250th anniversary. Schnabel was elected an Honorary Royal Academician in 2009.