Two Steps Removed

Influenced by Debussy.

A work by Simon Mills and Gareth Winters.


15th September - 17th September  2019

From commissioned photographs of exhibitions, Simon Mills has created a powerful series of ten paintings. The 5" x 4" ektachrome (the end product of Gareth Winters' photography) has been closely observed and reproduced in detail. Scaled precisely to twelve times the original size, painterly rather than photo-realist, these 5' x 4' oils are an intriguing reworking of some fascinating and beautiful moments from the art world of the eighties and nineties.

This work is an examination of the positioning between art, photography and journalism. The paintings are of photographs of art, retaining the ephemera of the original transparency- the rebate, the clip marks, the notches, batch numbers and damage - yet they stand in their own right as powerful paintings of the content and mood of the exhibitions they represent. Each of Winters' source photos was originally shot to to provide a record of the intrinsically short-lived display which is its subject, and yet subsequently exists in the abstract as a self sufficient image. Mills has taken this serendipity to another level, asking whether or not the material can be transformed one more time, to create a valid painting. The answer is yes, it can, and regardless of subject- the artist, the gallery, the date - these are unique, autonomous works of complexity and depth.

The artists whose work is represented in this piece are: Daniel Buren, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Peter Joseph, Anish Kapoor, Barnett Newman, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Nicola von Skepsgard and Tomoko Takahashi.