NY sans Titre
2010 by Ronald Dupont
Stephanie Hoppen Gallery (at London Art Fair until 23 January)
Dupont’s work has a quality of photographic perspective; when seen from far away his paintings appears crystally clipped in bright sunlit colours, yet up close the soft and painterly brush strokes are pleasingly visible. His images appear almost as stylistic illusions, playing with our notion of medium — making paint transparent from far away and glorifying its possibilities up close. Self-taught, it is perhaps no wonder that Dupont handles his paint with such precision yet gives off an air of casual creativity; so soft and expressive are his brush strokes, they possess a fluidity that escapes the contrived. Colour is equally as important in his paintings; bright and considered, they are beautifully mixed, creating a mesmerising sense of light throughout the composition. In NY sans Titre (New York without Title) the reds, yellows and browns give a warmth that seems to exude sunlight, while the sultry and almost illustrious turquoises cast moody blue shadows across the cityscape. It is this attention paid to colour that helps give Dupont’s paintings the illusion of reality; his compositions are incredibly three dimensional. Buildings spring up and out of this painting, recreating the awesome expanse of building tops visible from the Empire State building; New York really does need no title.