Birch Contemporary

Ben Walmsley: BURNT ORANGE NIGHT Process Colour Landscapes

We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Ben Walmsley.  BURNT ORANGE NIGHT is a collection of recent large-scale paintings that Walmsley calls “process colour landscapes”. These vibrant colour field paintings were created exclusively using  the standard primary or process colours of the printing industry: cyan, magenta and yellow, combined with white acrylic paint. The paint is applied in sprayed layers from a manual atomizer,  creating an all-over pointillist effect that allows the colours to vibrate in their juxtaposition. The titles of the paintings reference the artist’s abiding interest in commercial paint colour samples, disclosing the formula of his palette and suggesting a poetic correlation with a place, time, thing or sensation.  These are psychedelic paeans to light and colour, the sun and the prismatic sky. 

Ben Walmsley has been exhibiting professionally since 1983, and his work is included in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections.