Founded in 2004, Ben Brown Fine Arts is a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in London, Hong Kong and Palm Beach. The gallery is renowned for our stable of international, multi-disciplinary artists, including Tony Bevan, Yoan Capote, Rob and Nick Carter, Kitty Chou, Awol Erizku, Candida Höfer, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Vik Muniz, Nabil Nahas, José Parlá, Enoc Perez, Ena Swansea, Hank Willis Thomas, Gavin Turk and Jan Worst. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, the gallery is recognised for its depth of expertise and inventory in 20th century European and American art.
The current exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts London is green light, the gallery’s third solo exhibition of American artist Ena Swansea, running from 13 May to 30 July 2021. The gallery’s first solo exhibition since lockdown, the title green light implies the chance to at last put one’s foot on the gas, after being stopped and daydreaming outside of clock time, not knowing what day it is. Swansea’s new series is representative of her decontextualised and timeless style, directing attention back to painting itself.
green light features recent large-scale canvases exploring motifs that recur within Swansea’s practice, including snow, sea and the urban landscape, all bordering on abstraction and demonstrating the artist’s ingenuity with the painted surface. Priming her canvas with mixtures including pulverized mica, oil, marble and graphite, her paintings have a luminescent and cinematic quality and the artist is venerated for her distinctive ability to create works of nuance and depth.
Main Image (above): Installation view from Ena Swansea: green light at Ben Brown Fine Arts.