Ralph Anderson


Ralph Anderson’s Drip Pop Paintings bring a low-fi 21st Century production value and DIY approach to abstract painting. Each painting starts with a careful assemblage of brush marks which Anderson then cuts out with a jigsaw, revealing the plywood base and playing with the sense of illusion.The work revisits earlier movements in abstract painting such as Lyrical Abstraction, Hard Edge Painting, Colour Field Painting, Abstract Illusionism, and Shaped Canvas Painting, referencing artists such as Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly whilst also stretching back to the earlier Action Paintings of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. Anderson’s use of power tools to break the surface of the paintings brings the viewer firmly back to the present day. By isolating the brush marks and suspending in time the runs of paint Anderson aims to make the workshop and the act of cutting out, as well as the process of painting, part of the artwork with the finished painting acting as a residue of these earlier procedures.

The colour choices in these works derive from earlier studies of sunlight and refraction, and the transferal of spectral gradients into painting. Through these paintings Anderson has combined this scientific approach with a free flowing, playful technique to build up layers of colours and brush marks which sit between the representational and abstract image.

Ralph Anderson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and now lives and works in London. He graduated from London Guildhall University with a BA in Fine Art in 2001 and gained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012. Recent solo shows include, I’d Like to Get Off Please, ASC Projects, London, 2015; Retrobate, ArtLacuna, London, 2014. Selected group exhibitions include, 50/50/50, Syson, Nottingham, 2014; Pareidolia, Pluspace, Coventry, 2014; Summer Saloon, Lion and Lamb, London, 2014; Expanded Painting: Mocka-Modern, Oval Space, London, 2014.