Gábor Roskó (1958) debuts his latest cycle of paintings along with some of his recent ceramics in a solo exhibition at acb Gallery. While the artist’s most recent paintings have been characterised by a dark tonal figurality, Roskó’s work now follows a completely new painting programme compared to his earlier works.
Roskó has experimented mainly with abstract paintings over the past 3 years, and has incorporated their liberating lessons into his latest series. The paintings of 2023 are characterised by a monochronicity resulting from their homogeneous use of colour, based on different shades of a single colour. Yet their most powerful aesthetic mark is that, for the first time in his career, Roskó has created painting compositions that integrate raw plywood surfaces into his paintings.
Roskó’s figures and inscriptions are built from contour lines, a technique derived from ink painting that he had previously only used on large-scale works on paper. In addition to the new method and compositions, however, many of the basic elements of Roskó’s painting and private mythological figures are recalled in his new paintings, which are emphatically complemented by English-language slogans.