2 April - 3 May 1996

Mick Moon

Letters from India

The Alan Cristea Gallery is holding an exhibition of new work by Mick Moon entitled Letters from India, which will consist of new paintings, monotypes and prints. The pictures speak with both images and words about the relationship between India and England.

The artist works either on paintings or monotypes, which have layers of imprinted and collaged elements fixed onto a backboard of canvas. The compositions of these new works include square tea chest shapes and stencilling overlaid with fragments of dark flowers, maps, gripping lines, and Indian objects. There is an element of conflict and diffusion in the formal structure of the images, and their titles, such as Old Power and Imports, frame an evocation of traces left by Empire and colonialism: Exotic Indian teas and spices are juxtaposed with trading company names and a map of the East End of London, location of Whitechapel's Indian community, and the wharves and warehouses of the dock-lands.

Mick Moon has shown in earlier, more abstract prints the influence of the exotic colour, lights and artefacts of India on his sensibility. Letters to India reveals a more figurative, dramatic and emotive response to cultural cross-over, an elegiac kind of Orientalism.

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The gallery’s new name recognises publicly the close partnership between Alan Cristea and David Cleaton-Roberts, who have worked together for over 20 years. Alongside the other directors, they have built the gallery into one of the world’s leading publishers of original prints and editions, forming relationships with an extensive roster of international artists and estates, as well as representing several artists in the UK for their painting and drawing.

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