Published to accompany the exhibition Bernard Frize: Hands On at the Ikon Gallery, 3 June – 20 July 2003, this is the most comprehensive exhibition of work by French artist Bernard Frize in the UK to date. Combining recent painting with rarely seen sculpture and photography, audiences will have an opportunity to see the impressive stylistic and technical diversity of his work.
Frize has likened his various ways of making work to recipes. More often than not he chooses paint as his main ingredient and then it becomes a question of process and editing. Frize makes crucial decisions as to how to proceed with his painting and the rest is virtually automatic. The repetition with which paint is applied to the canvas leaves no room for any new inspiration that will significantly effect the outcome.