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Understanding editions: Remi Rough

July 22, 2014
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an article by Nick Garrett

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Above: the Megaro Hotel, Kings Cross London

Remi Rough’s work stands apart from many new era artists as it transits between truly massive global murals, sculpture and small bench editions with mesmerising ease.

These pieces appear slick and clean but it has been a practice built around dedication and hard work.  The result is no doubt an art that expresses pure sophistication on first glance yet keen reflective introspection thereafter.

And for many, that reflective quality allows an entry into the rather smooth world of Rough, coloured by difference, movement energy and change.  For these are portraits of change… visual transcripts of the fleeting precious moment worthy of the share.

Is there some major life even that the artist inwardly refers to that drives him to value the moment so?

Few are able to render works of such complex ideas and shattered sensualities with such a clarified, pure signature: Kline, Serra and perhaps Mondrian form a short queue.

How does he stand today in the global artscene?

A huge interest is amassing around this prolific artist and according to a great swathe of following it is not solely a matter of if but of just how big.

As an investment piece the writing is on the wall… go hard!!

But surpassing that is where owning a Rough art work and his own values lie: a Remi Rough on your wall is an investment in your personal space, family and passion for great art.

From my own experience the effect is like opening the interior onto an amazing energizing colour field, such is the architectural geist of his mark-making.

Remi Rough in Africa

Photo: Overpowered By Jazz - 2014</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>So tomorrow night my inaugural exhibition at the new SozeGallery WestHollywood space opens.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>I hope to see all my LA friends there…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Beats are being supplied by the legendary Augustine Kofie so see ya there... x</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Soze Gallery<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
935 N. Fairfax Ave<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
West Hollywood<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
CA. 90046<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Tel: 323.366.2734<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
At artist's workshop- Remi Rough preparing his artworks for the exhibition at soze gallery in los angeles.

Neon Neon artwork on wood by Remi Rough will be exhibited at soze gallery in Los Angeles

Remi Rough in Africa 2

Overrate- art in progress, graffiti on which Remi Rough is working for his 'Further Adventures in Abstraction' exhibition

“Remi Rough has been making images for more than a quarter of a century. His art began on walls and trains in South London in 1984; today it has been exhibited in cities such as Miami, Newcastle, Berlin (London ed NG) and New York. A respected train writer, Remi has also played a significant part in the development of ‘abstract graffiti’, a term that seems far too clinical to describe the accomplishments of his work, which has always been about the interplay of colour and shape.

His colour palette –and it seems to include an infinite range of shades and combinations – is worked out through deceptively simple arrangements of lines and angles that bring colours into unexpected encounters with each other. Much of this has been done on canvasses large and small, bringing the movement and style of train writing, condensed to its essential ingredients of line and colour, into the space of the gallery. And as part of the collective Agents of Change, Remi has also been re-imagining public spaces, whether in an abandoned ‘ghost village’ in Scotland, now transformed into a massive outdoor gallery, or on the exterior of the Megaro Hotel in the centre of London, offering passersby the sight of a new and dramatic mural five storeys high.

While Remi’s art has always been about creating dimension within the depths of a canvas or a wall, his new works have taken that idea in an exciting new direction, by transforming a three dimensional object such as a skull through the application of paint and by extracting complex shapes from the flat canvas into sculptural forms. The interplay of line and colour on Remi’s canvasses speak to his fascination with artists such as Kazimir Malevich; these new works point to a dialogue with shape and space, following sculptors such as Richard Serra. And to me that makes perfect sense, for who is better placed to understand the interplay of colour, form and line than an artist with the kind of history that shapes Remi’s work – a history that begins with trains moving through the city and that weaves together gallery, graffiti and the architecture of the city.
When we look at Remi’s images today, we think about the spaces around us, whether in a gallery or a city street, and we lose ourselves in the sheer pleasure that he offers us through the geometry of colour.”


Professor Alison Young in his The Geometry of Colour.



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  1. July 22, 2014 12:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Fine Art Painter Nicholas John Garrett and commented:

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