Harold Ancart ‘Freeze’ at David Zwirner

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Harold Ancart is a Belgian painter who was born in 1980.

‘I like to envision exhibits not so much as a succession of objects to be looked at, but as tensions created between the various zones of emptiness.’

As this quote suggests, his work is pared down – but it would be wrong to see it as minimal. Every picture includes the flat line of the horizon, slicing through the canvas. The subjects of these paintings are icebergs, those often towering ice structures, which have floated out to sea. His icebergs though are forlorn: some seem to melt, bits have broken off as smaller ice floes.
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What lifts the work is its colour. The lumps of ice become crystalline structures composed of shades of sea green and ice blue. One floats atop a scarlet sea under a sky of egg-yolk yellow, another sits on deepest black, beneath an expanse of smudgy Gauguin pink.

The stillness of these scenes is arresting. This work is intense and decorative in an affirmative sense. This is more unusual than you might think, go and see if you agree.
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Harold Ancart ‘Freeze’ is at David Zwirner at 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ
until 22 September

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