What is in a line? The recent work of Gareth Jenkins is concerned with the reduction of concept in his paintings. In the past the work was developed from urban culture, man made structures, the walls and spaces that went into the make up of the architectonic environment. Perhaps to the viewer they still echo these concepts but to the artist it is less about where it came from and more about what it is and how it is.

Recently, through his work Gareth has demonstrated how line in its simplest form can be used to convey a sense of the object while asserting spatial structure within a non-figurative format. From this perspective he has tried to control the paints natural need to flow and continues to create paintings that discuss the almost impossible task of creating sharp edged lines out of a liquid substance.In other words, how does a line behave within a given space using a liquid material to create hard-edged lines that fall in and out of the paintings frame? When considering hi work it is also impossible not to reflect on colour field theory when considering the volume of space and line with its inherent historical links to modernism and more recently its post modernist ideals.

The grounds of Gareth’s paintings are carefully treated, cut from MDF and more recently plywood, meticulously prepared and sanded so that the application of paint is smooth and effortless, each particular section previously mapped out with masking tape along linear, abstract, mechanized shapes where the maximum thought process is reserved for this initial preparatory stage. Repetition, simplicity and a reduced, almost minimal palette are prerequisites. Gareth’s natural progression for the idea of these paintings is demonstrated by his move to the three-dimensional.


Mark St.John Ellis

Director and Curator



(Mark St.John Ellis is the Director and founder of the ‘nag’ new art gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The gallery began as a project space supporting emerging artists work until it was officially launched as a commercial gallery in 2012.?? Mark was previously the curator and co-ordinator of the Ashford Gallery at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin).

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