“I paint towards the light, the sun and the night
I paint streams, rivers and oceans, from my memory, like a rolling wave,
a screaming call, continuously and talking about you, about me, about our relationship with the world
seen through the fog of the sound in our daily lives”
– Manu Rich
In the meeting between acrylic and oil that special something, which is characteristic of Manu Richs works occurs; poetry. I the abstract paintings both chaos and silence confronts us, which leaves the works in a distinctive, quivering state. Day, night, nature, urbanity and mankind is represented in the paintings, but the abstract scenes allow the beholders to get an impression of the art on their own. Manu Rich urges us to reflect.
Layer upon layer, angle upon angle the artist builds his works – dark backgrounds refracted by light, fleeting dashes. The color palette is broad, but primarily dark: Green, blue, purple and black nuances playfully mix on the canvas – telling their own story. There is at the same time a tranquility and a raw violence in his works. This combination creates a stimulating dynamic, which allures the beholder.
Manu Richs technical abilities; his dramatic strokes and textured backgrounds, makes his paintings unique. This is why he is at Gallery V58. Because even though the gallery mainly focuses on works with a distinct realism, Manu has a depth and an insight, which is outstanding. Because of his implicit narratives, he has an evident space at the gallery.
stud.mag. Nordic language and literature & Visual Culture, Anna Emilie Ravn