Horrific Paintings by James Jessop at The Dragon Bar Leonard Street Near old Street
Reviews

From: JJ
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 04 December 2002

Review

James Jessop's come-downs make him paint bad otherwise he'll just cry and wonder why. Upstairs from this always buzzy bar, full of the waifs and strays of international middleclass skateboard-music culture, we enter a gallery crammed with large paintings(twelve feet or more) on one side and scrappy drawings on paper and pizza bases on the other. The paintings have impact: words shout, cartoon horror images are clear, the colours bright and bold, the paint surfaces varied. Their clarity is their quality, one can imagine them screaming at the rich on a dark night at The Gagosian Gallery. But one wonders how his energy is transformed into careful painting. If horror and hatred existed would they have time to mix and blend oil paint. Of course the psychopath is often meticulous, but then the imagery would be more disturbing and the method more extreme. So wait for really bad painting, James Jessop is still too good at it.

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