About the artist

 

Daniel Crews-Chubb’s paintings combine powerful visual archetypes, familiar throughout human history; Gods, mythical characters, nudes, beasts, trees and chariots. The characters are rendered in his large-scale, mixed media works that typically incorporate drawing, collage and painting.

 

They embody a search for the authentic, the raw and the unrefined, and are subtly influenced by consumer culture, Modernist painting and the history of mark-making, from cave painting to expressionism and neo-expressionism.

 

His repetition of figurative motives becomes a vehicle for exploring the act of painting itself, utilising a repertoire of seemingly casual marks that are, in fact, worked and reworked to create hard won, layered paintings. He uses oils, acrylics, spray paint, sand, charcoal and pastel with abandon on rough, stretched and re-stretched canvases, that he often scrapes back and over-paints many times. Corrections are brutal, collaging further canvas and assorted material on top of past imagery to edit and proceed quickly retaining spontaneity in the development of his ideas.

 

Crews-Chubb’s employed methodology involves using his canvas structure like an ever-evolving collage both conceptually and physically, the architecture of which if dissected, would reveal numerous itineration’s, thoughts and actions that led to the final state of rest. If the artist dislikes or wants to change something it is covered with linen, clothing or whatever material is to hand, allowing him to adjust and proceed quickly. Thus, he is capable of making paintings that feel at once the product of their own layering and time worn history whilst remaining truly dynamic and gestural. So, whilst these works are ‘new’, they are also laced with both the history of their making and a patinated record of progress and recession. In this way, Crews-Chubb gives us something we crave - the new fresh and organic with a sense of time, history, patina and physical progress. This is combined with his ability to trigger displaced memory through reference to historical figurative parallels and abstracted homage to his inspiration both in terms of art and artefact.

 

His characters are introduced and reintroduced into the paintings, one feeding the next. Ancient gods and goddesses, mix with Yetis, and Belfie girls from Instagram, -abstracted yet realist, false yet real.

 

Daniel Crews-Chubb (b. 1984, Northampton) has had solo exhibitions at Timothy Taylor, New York (2020) Roberts Project, Los Angeles (2018); Vigo Gallery, London (2016); and Galerist, Istanbul (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Telescope, curated by Nigel Cooke, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings (2019); Tree, Vigo Gallery, London (2018); and ICONOCLASTS: Art out of the Mainstream, Saatchi Gallery, London (2017). His works are represented in international public and private collections including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; The Long Museum, Shanghai; Saatchi Gallery, London; The Bunker Artspace and Beth Rudin de Woody Collections, Palm Beach and New York; and the Hall Art Foundation, New York. Crews-Chubb graduated from Turps Art School, London and has a BA from Chelsea School of Art. He lives and works in London.

 

selected works

Mare Imbrium
2019
Head (serpent)
2019
Acrobat III (green)
2019
Yeti Dance (red with blue foot)
2018
Zeus(!) (red, yellow, blue, green)
2019
Zeus(!) (White)
2019
Forest (blue green pink)
2018
Mios (Yasigi mask)
2019
Yasigi (blue red pink green)
2017
Forest (blue and red sky)
2018
Lion (Red and copper)
2018
Shango and Vammarter (blue, pink and unbleached white)
2015
Rituals (blue and copper)
2016
Zumbi (broken)
2016
Jigs and reels (green)
2015

forthcoming exhibitions

20 October 2020 – 16 January 2021

Daniel Crews-Chubb

45:45

Featuring a work by Daniel Crews-Chubb

27 March 2021 – 27 March 2022 (Exhibition dates to be confirmed)

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Chariots

past exhibitions

7 February – 14 March 2020

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Cave Continuum

7 November – 10 November 2019

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ART021 Art Shanghai
25 April – 28 April 2019

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ART BRUSSELS

Vigo Gallery
11 April – 14 April 2019

Johnny AbrahamsDerrick AdamsDaniel Crews-Chubb

Dallas Art Fair

Vigo Gallery
6 February – 10 February 2019

Daniel Crews-Chubb

5 December – 9 December 2018

Johnny AbrahamsDaniel Crews-Chubb

8 November – 11 November 2018

Johnny AbrahamsDaniel Crews-Chubb

Independent

27 June – 4 July 2018

Daniel Crews-ChubbIbrahim El-SalahiMarcus HarveyBram Bogart

Masterpiece London

17 March – 28 April 2018

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Chariots, Beasts and Belfies

Roberts Projects
27 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

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Iconoclasts

21 June – 21 July 2017

Daniel Crews-ChubbZak OvéCaroline AchaintreBen EnwonwuChe Lovelace

Playing Mas

Vigo Gallery
27 April – 5 June 2017

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Yasigi

The Vault
13 January – 15 January 2017

Untitled San Francisco

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Untitled San Francisco
11 February – 25 February 2016

Shango

Vigo Gallery
2 December – 6 December 2015

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Untitled Miami

selected press/news

14 July 2020

Daniel Crews-Chubb

5 Artists to Follow If You Like Basquiat
 
2 June 2020

Daniel Crews-Chubb

5 Artists on Our Radar This June
 
1 May – 30 November 2020
4 February 2020

Daniel Crews-Chubb

‘The Surface Is as Important as the Image:’ See How Artist Daniel Crews-Chubb Builds His Magnificently Textured Works
 
14 November 2019

Daniel Crews-Chubb

Shanghai's Profile is Rising: How Long Before It Becomes the Go-To Art City in China
Featuring Toby Clarke & Daniel Crews-Chubb
 
14 April 2018

Daniel Crews-Chubb

An ugly kind of pretty: The unruly painting of Daniel Crews-Chubb
 
Chariots, Beasts and Belfies
17 March – 28 April 2018
1 May 2018

Daniel Crews-Chubb

Daniel Crews-Chubb
 
14 February 2016

Daniel Crews-Chubb

16 Artists to watch in 2016
 
2 – 6 December 2015

video

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Hunted Projects: Daniel Crews-Chubb studio visit

Mare Imbrium

2019Oil, oil bar, charcoal, ink, spray paint, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas186 x 248 cm / 73 1/4 x 97 5/8 in

Head (serpent)

2019Oil, oil bar, pastel, acrylic, ink, charcoal, spray paint, coarse pumice gel, on collaged fabrics on board248 x 187 cm / 97 5/8 x 73 5/8 in

Acrobat III (green)

2019Oil, oil bar, charcoal, ink, spray paint, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas100 x 74 cm / 39 3/8 x 29 1/8 in

Yeti Dance (red with blue foot)

2018Oil, acrylic, charcoal, spray paint, ink, pastel and collaged fabrics on canvas250  x 200 cm / 98 3/8 x 78 3/4 in

Zeus(!) (red, yellow, blue, green)

2019Oil, oil bar, charcoal, ink, pastel, sand, spray paint, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas.210 x 150 cm / 82 5/8 x 59 in

Zeus(!) (White)

2019Oil, oil bar, charcoal, ink, pastel, sand, spray paint, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas210 x 150 cm / 82 5/8 x 59 in

Forest (blue green pink)

2018Oil, acrylic, charcoal, ink, spray paint, pastels coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas 200 x 500 cm / 78 3/4 x 196 7/8 in

Mios (Yasigi mask)

2019Oil, oil bar, charcoal, ink, pastel, sand, spray paint, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas210 x 150 cm / 82 5/8 x 59 in

Yasigi (blue red pink green)

2017Oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, coarse pumice gel, sand, pen, cardboard, pastels and collaged fabrics on canvas210 x 150 cm / 82 5/8 x 59 in

Forest (blue and red sky)

2018Oil, acrylic, ink, spray paint, charcoal, pastel, oil stick, sand, coarse pumice gel and collaged fabrics on canvas.200 x 500 cm / 78 3/4 x 196 7/8 in

Lion (Red and copper)

2018 Oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, pastel, ink, coarse pumice gel, sand and collaged fabrics on canvas 120 x 180 cm / 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in

Shango and Vammarter (blue, pink and unbleached white)

2015Oil, spray paint, charcoal and pumice gel on canvas180  x 130 cm / 70 7/8 x 51 1/8 in

Rituals (blue and copper)

2016Oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, pastel on canvas260 x 352 cm / 102 3/8 x 138 5/8 in

Zumbi (broken)

2016Oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, coarse pumice gel, pen, cardboard, sand, collaged fabric on canvas230 x 150 cm / 90 1/2 x 59 in

Jigs and reels (green)

2015Oil, spray paint, charcoal, pastel and collaged materials on canvas152 x 112 cm / 59 7/8 x 44 1/8 in