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Installation Views

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Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery
Installation view of paintings by Julian Lethbridge at Paula Cooper Gallery

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Julian Lethbridge Good Intentions, 2021 Oil and pigment stick on linen 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Good Intentions, 2021
Oil and pigment stick on linen
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Roundel, 2020-2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 96 x 80 in. (243.8 x 203.2 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Roundel, 2020-2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
96 x 80 in. (243.8 x 203.2 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Carpenter's Square, 2021 Oil and pigment stick on linen 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Carpenter's Square, 2021
Oil and pigment stick on linen
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Fulcrum #1, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Fulcrum #1, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Broken Helix, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Broken Helix, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Hand Axe, 2020 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 60 in. (132.1 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Hand Axe, 2020
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 60 in. (132.1 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Helix, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Helix, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Rope, 2016 - 2020 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 44 in. (132.1 x 111.8 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Rope, 2016 - 2020
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 44 in. (132.1 x 111.8 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Rope 2, 2016-2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 42 in. (132.1 x 106.7 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Rope 2, 2016-2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 42 in. (132.1 x 106.7 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #1, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas ​12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #1, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #5, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #5, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #6, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #6, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Good Intentions, 2021 Oil and pigment stick on linen 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Good Intentions, 2021
Oil and pigment stick on linen
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Roundel, 2020-2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 96 x 80 in. (243.8 x 203.2 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Roundel, 2020-2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
96 x 80 in. (243.8 x 203.2 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Carpenter's Square, 2021 Oil and pigment stick on linen 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Carpenter's Square, 2021
Oil and pigment stick on linen
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Fulcrum #1, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Fulcrum #1, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Broken Helix, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Broken Helix, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Hand Axe, 2020 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 60 in. (132.1 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Hand Axe, 2020
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 60 in. (132.1 x 152.4 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Helix, 2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Helix, 2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Rope, 2016 - 2020 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 44 in. (132.1 x 111.8 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Rope, 2016 - 2020
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 44 in. (132.1 x 111.8 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Rope 2, 2016-2021 oil and pigment stick on linen 52 x 42 in. (132.1 x 106.7 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Rope 2, 2016-2021
oil and pigment stick on linen
52 x 42 in. (132.1 x 106.7 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #1, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas ​12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #1, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #5, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #5, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge Color Note #6, 2021 pigment stick and oil on canvas 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Julian Lethbridge
Color Note #6, 2021
pigment stick and oil on canvas
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Press Release

A remarkable lightness emanates from a group of new paintings by Julian Lethbridge completed over the past two years. In striking contrast to earlier works, the artist’s structural foundation and liberated hand are illuminated in radiant color. Deep blues, iridescent whites, and vibrant reds enliven the richly textured abstractions to inform an immense spatial depth and atmospheric brightness.

The underlying formal geometry of each work informs the overall composition, and is revealed to varying degrees. After applying an initial layer of paint, Lethbridge scores predetermined lines into the surface of the canvas, pressing in such a way that the paint rises around the incision into a sharp ridge. The resulting network of raised lines forms a composition in relief, providing a kind of sculptural base on which the brushwork will take place. By fixing a geometric foundation of concentric rectangles, waving lines, or parallel arches before beginning the brushwork, the artist frees his hand entirely to focus on the application of an increasingly bold palette of complimentary colors, typically in two tones. As the tightly curled layers of paint and pigmented oil stick move over them, the lines halt or reverse the flow, creating alternating positive and negative brushstrokes. At certain stages Lethbridge uses the foundational lines to guide the selective removal of paint, creating smooth veil-like absences that reveal layers of depth. The underlying geometry tames the tightly wielded flow of pigment, while the necessarily arbitrary brushstrokes reintroduce ambiguity to the structure and inform an overall rhythm.

Video

Julian Lethbridge discusses his recent exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (September 17–October 16, 2021).