For its inaugural exhibition, Maximillian William gallery in London presents a new series of paintings by artist Reginald Sylvester II. “NEMESIS” marks the opening of Maximillian William's first permanent exhibition space, and Sylvester II's debut solo presentation in London.
Those familiar with the New York artist's work will no doubt recall his confrontational, de Kooning-esque figurative pieces that simultaneously invite and resist comparison to Jean Michelle Basquiat. It's fitting then that an exhibition that represents a number of beginnings should also mark a shift in the young painter's practice towards pure abstraction.
Applying the same expressive brushwork as with his “Soul vs Flesh” series, Sylvester II examines the tension between passion and desire and “the unwillingness to submit to God’s authority.” While the works are undeniably abstract, limbs, torsos, and buttocks are gestured towards, as is the body’s desire for money, drugs, alcohol, power.
Read our interview with Reginald Sylvester for Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 16 here and be sure to head down to the Maximillian William gallery between September 27 and November 7, 2019 to catch “NEMESIS.”
Maximillian William 47 Mortimer Street, W1W 8HJ London, United Kingdom