A Mark of a Lighter Purple is Francis Gallery’s first solo exhibit, featuring the work of Paris-based painter Rosemarie Auberson. Sometimes informed by images and photographs, sometimes working in a purely non-representational manner, Auberson paints on wood panel or paper. Thick, textural brush strokes in acrylic and gesso take on sculptural depth, and bold, earthy blocks of colour contrast with shades of lilac and purple.
Auberson intentionally leaves her compositions open, welcoming elements of imperfection and a sense of incompleteness into her work. Consequently, her paintings embody a fragile beauty akin to the silhouettes of flowers, the changing tones of an evening sky, or a gleaming panel of daylight on a wall.
A Mark of a Lighter Purple is the first exhibit of her work in the United Kingdom. The title of the show arose from Auberson’s translation into English of a passage in La Jalousie (1957) by Alain Robbe-Grillet, which describes the change in colour wrought on an interior by the light at dusk. “In this book, scenes are rendered as paintings, and each visual element is dissected and attended to, whether it’s a shape, a colour, or the qualities of light and shadow,” says Auberson. “I am deeply inspired by the whole visual world, particularly colours such as these, which one finds in nature.”
In the changing light that floods through Francis gallery’s windows, the works take on additional qualities. Contoured brush strokes seem to build, while purples and violets shift between subtler and more vivid hues. Works hanging in the windows, facing outward, cast subtle reflections in the glass. A vast mural extends across the gallery wall, framing a table and two chairs in abstract lines of green, white and red.
Words: Ollie Horne
Photos: Rich Stapleton