The St Louis
signed and dated ' Ryan Mosley 2013' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
8658 x 75in. (220 x 190.5cm.)
Painted in 2013
Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013.
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As a young artist, Mosley supported himself through work as a warden at London’s National Gallery, but was repeatedly disciplined for sketching the paintings. The influence of past masters certainly echoes in Mosley’s work. The theatrical circus-troupe members that recur often in his oeuvre convey a pathos reminiscent of Picasso’s Blue period but Mosley updates this subject with graphic shapes and a contemporary perspective enhanced by the super foregrounded horizon line. In the artist’s words: The horizon is “a structure at the bottom of the canvas… where protagonists would play out their narratives…a stage, supporting characters as they play their story".

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