Ivan Seal is a Berlin-based British painter who has attracted critical interest for his paintings which appear to be still lives but are in fact painted from his imagination. His practice rejects the traditional approach to the genre which conventionally depicts a moment in time, opting instead for an approximation of memory almost sculpted in thick impasto paint.
For Cure3, a thing bells silence behind the fulfilled skull, may be small in scale but both title and subject are psychologically charged. Seal references René Magritte´s ‘Ceci est un Morceau de Fromage’ that depicts a small framed painting of a slice of cheese set on a stand at an angle within a glass dome that would normally contain cheese. In a post-COVID world, one cannot help but think that the morsel of face conserved in the cube is the part of us that is now hidden from view: generalised, silenced, protected and preserved.
Ivan Seal says that he “selects from his own memories to create portals into spaces inhabited only by painted objects. Scrutinised mental snapshots inform sets of features and narrative which are used as material to sculpt objects and architecture which inhabit ambiently illuminated non-spaces...”