Exhibition: Not Vital: Paintings

This exhibition runs from Tue, 13th Apr 2021 to Wed, 26th May 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

14th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
15th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
18th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
19th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
20th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
21st May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
22nd May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

Not Vital: Paintings will present renowned Swiss artist Not Vital in an intimate new light, underscoring the depth and breadth of his multifaceted practice. Focusing on a series of Portrait Paintings begun by the artist 12 years ago, the exhibition will feature a selection of works never previously exhibited in the UK, many of which have never been seen by the public.

The Portrait Paintings occupy a deeply personal and significant position in Vital's oeuvre and offer insights into elements of his working process that usually remain hidden behind the scenes. As Vital says of his work in this medium: 'Painting is the best way for me to see, feel and smell the light'. In this way, the works offer a unique addition to his sculptural practice, at the core of which lies a distinct and innate sensitivity to light, space and form.

Rendered predominantly in white, grey and black, the series of oil paintings features both prominent figures from history and individuals close to the artist. Reduced to the delicate interplay of light and dark, which is achieved through the subtle tonalities of a limited, greyscale palette, his subjects are repeatedly presented as darkly coloured orbs floating against the void of a seemingly 'empty' background. Stripped back to their essential elements, Vital's portraits become a process of mediation on the human form. These portraits replace an emphasis on the minutiae of detail with a focus on the overall form, highlighting the potency of essence as opposed to ornament.

Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Thaddaeus Ropac,

London Ely House,
37 Dover Street,

Map of Thaddaeus Ropac