11-28 October 2005
The artist has been exploring the parallels between structural abstraction in painting and musical theory in relation to colour and form. This has led to a group of complex but individually radiant paintings which have already had wide acclaim in a current UK museum tour (including Ferens Art Gallery, Hull).
The idea that there can be a relationship between non-figurative non-narrative music and abstract art is hardly a new consideration, Laycock's initiative is the creation of intensely considered and rigorously executed colour-harmonic paintings, governed by systems much like those followed by composers.
With an authoritative and erudite system all of his own, Kevin Laycock makes a newly significant contribution to the canon of abstract art in this country.
Laycock has been included in several group shows here at Art First. Born 1962 he studied at Leeds and the Royal College of Art, London. He now teaches and works in Leeds, where the University has given considerable support to this project. Further support has been given by the Arts Council of England.
Copies of the illustrated catalogue, essays by Matthew Withey (Henry Moore Institute) and Kenneth G. Hay (University of Leeds), will be available.