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What’s On for Frieze Week at Alex Eagle Studio

What’s On for Frieze Week at Alex Eagle Studio
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For Frieze London 2019, Alex Eagle Studio will exhibit new collections by two artists whose practices interrogate the human form and the constructed space.

“Frieze is one of London’s most exciting weeks,” says Alex Eagle. “The international art community descends and the city is abuzz with creativity. Everyone is keen to see things and I wanted to take the opportunity to present two very different talents; artists who are presenting new perspectives on the world.”

Christabel Blackburn is a London based painter whose work explores the relationship between figures and their environments. Her latest collection, twenty works in varying sizes commissioned specifically for Frieze and Alex Eagle Studio, finds her subjects held in moments of contemplation, features blank yet their personalities richly drawn through clothes, stance and surroundings. A vivid and unexpected colour palette, a pared back line and a keen eye for space create unusual, emotive juxtapositions of people and place.

“I am an extreme people watcher,” she says. “I often find it hard to concentrate on who I’m with or what I’m meant to be doing; instead I’ll be staring at somebody walking past a sunlit building, or a lovely Brutalist high-rise. When looking at my paintings, the viewer is invited to exchange places with the figure, becoming part of the painting itself.”

Roberto Ruspoli is a Swiss born, Paris based artist, who grew up in Rome and whose work draws on classical form and figures and reimagines them for the modern world. His lovely Roman youths, finely wrought profiles and clean lines expand beyond the canvas onto walls, ceramics and sculptural light fittings, transforming the classic and familiar into something modern and new. His show will feature two large, and twenty smaller drawings which shall be exhibited in the upstairs space of Alex Eagle Studio.

“These are a selection of works that show my love for classic art and my attempt to reinterpret it with a line that combines the classic and the contemporary in my own personal synthesis,” says Ruspoli. “Alex saw my work and contacted me to propose a show in her space. I immediately felt in tune with her. I like new and unconventional paths and I saw potential. Alex is a truly independent thinker, and I like this freedom; it made me feel at home in a way.”

Christabel Blackburn and Roberto Ruspoli’s work will be on show at Alex Eagle Studio from 2-8 October.


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