Receptacles

David Leapman (1959 - )

Dayglo and acrylic on canvas

1998

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  • About the work

    David Leapman's paintings defy our attempts to impose fixed meanings onto them. The two forms within this painting look like boxes perched on long sticks, or possibly open hands. But then, almost as soon as we have recognised them as such, we notice something incongruous, and the meaning slips away again. They are like a visual equivalent of that moment when the precise word we are fumbling for is just on the very tip of our tongue, before it eludes us completely. Although the precision of line and use of bold, obstinate colours seems to establish a framework of absolute values, Leapman's enigmatic painting embraces uncertainty and irresolution.

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  • Details
    Title
    Receptacles
    Date
    1998
    Medium
    Dayglo and acrylic on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 144.00 cm, width: 185.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Beaux Arts Gallery, March 2000
    Inscription
    verso, tr: David Leapman 1998 / Receptacles
    Provenance
    Beaux Arts, London
    GAC number
    17458