A Collection of New Paintings for Michael's Spring Solo Exhibition in London,
Opening May 26th 2022
Reality and imagination collide in this deeply personal exhibition which explores themes of repression, release and the rediscovery of hope
The Story of Respair
Painted from Rumsby's home and studio in Saussignac, France, Respair builds on work that was started in the 2020 lockdown and marks a new direction in to still life. Bold and considered, the paintings pulsate with colour and light, reflecting on a long-awaited return to hope after a period of despair, and showing an increased energy with explosions of blossoms and maximum expression. The narrative flickers between the way we experience the past and present all at once; dotted with family heirlooms, antiques and new collectibles to create a nostalgic scene of that was then and this is now.
Respair presents a release for the artist; coming out of lockdown, of hiding, of inauthenticity in his life and work and ultimately, towards a crazy colour celebration of life.