Peter Gronquist’s practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation, utilising mediums such as aluminium, ceramic, mirrors and the environment itself.
The seventeen pieces on show in Shape Shifter, his debut show at our Mayfair gallery, survey Peter Gronquist’s most experimental and innovative works to date. The exhibition highlights the artist’s continued interest in the emotional potency of colour and temporality of our world, from the objects we produce to the transience of humanity, addressing themes of impermanence, excess and escapism.
The minimalist ‘Colour Field’ paintings form an essential narrative to Gronquist’s exhibition, reflecting a poignant time in the artist’s personal life and subsequent creative output. Once a strictly representational and figurative painter, the death of the artist’s young daughter led to an artistic overhaul, pushing Gronquist to re-evaluate not only his subject matter but entire focus and discipline. Over the past seven years, Gronquist has explored emotion through the use of colour, by differing the gradients throughout his pieces, the artist is able to create a mesmerising intensity.
Gronquist has gone on to further this effect – a number of works on view at Unit London embody a corporeal sense of light, appearing to glow without being lit. Gronquist describes this process akin to a religious experience, allowing an emotional outlet from which the artist can immerse himself.
Colour theory, 2018
Peter Gronquist's Shape Shifter is on display at our Mayfair gallery until 17 February. Click here for directions to the gallery.