A year after its triumphant opening, Mayfair's JD Malat Gallery is throwing a colourful, month-long birthday party in the form of the first-ever London show of Los Angeles-based artist Andy Moses' work, entitled Echoes Of Light.
Moses has long been working in pure colour, with only a hint of form running through his canvases. Since 2003, he has produced colourscapes in the vein of Rothko, suggestive of mysterious, foreign worlds - a burning, orange Sahara reflected in the sky above in one, or a marshland of opalescent, oil-spill silver in another. Moses moved from New York back to his native Los Angeles in 2000; the visual transition from a vertical, skyscraper-punctuated city to the horizontal urban sprawl was one that spurred him to paint his pseudo-landscapes, as was his penchant for gazing out of the windows of planes on flights, surveying the unknown below. As an adolescent, Moses watched Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey on the massive, curved screen at LA's Cinerama Dome, an immersive experience that informed his own concave canvases. "I want them to refer to landscape without becoming landscape," he says. In 2017, he made the move to working on circular canvases and the coloured, alien landscapes became 2001-esque tunnels of light, simultaneously resembling planets and microscopic forms.