JD Malat Gallery is re-opening with the dynamic solo exhibition A Certain Blue Enters Your Soul, by the Icelandic painter Katrin Fridriks. From 12th April until 9th May 2021, A Certain Blue Enters Your Soul will present Fridriks' newest body of work which focuses on the centrality of blue to our universal histories.
Aiming to underline JD Malat Gallery's role as an encompassing space for the London public to reconnect after the lockdown period, the exhibition is composed of 14 new major works and accompanied by a text by the writer Sebastian Di Giovanni. (Top of page - Katrin Fridriks, Cosmic Stargate - Portal Activation, 2021, Acrylics on canvas, 100 x 165 + 5 cm).
Inspired by the multifaceted symbolism of blue, from its representational and material value in art to its ubiquitous presence throughout the world, this new body of work seeks to emphasise the encompassing and connective power of blue in terms of its natural, cultural and historical significance. The title of the exhibition recalls the work and words of the French artist Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954). Renowned for his intense colourism and use of blue, Matisse pioneered the revolutionary use of colour as an index of emotion or expression. By framing her work under Matisse's well-known phrase "a certain blue enters your soul", Fridriks strives to emphasise the enduring role of blue within a wider discussion concerning the unity of being.