Published: 1 February 2017
The scenes and situations that Aldo Balding depicts often read as film stills- a fleeting view of cafe goers or fishermen in action is transformed from ordinary to romantic. The natural movement of Balding's figures along with their placement within each composition suggests that a relaxed and unstaged setup is what most entices the artist.
The liminal feel of a Balding chimes harmoniously through effortless brushstrokes. Easy and unaffected, the artist manages to record important details while still leaving room for expressive, looser passages. The edges of his canvases tend to bear light touches of paint, exposing just enough space to separate the photographic from the painterly.
Balding takes part in a three-person exhibition from the 2nd to 18th of February, joining Robert E. Wells and Graeme Wilcox in a display of their finest new paintings. This is certainly a show worth viewing in person.