Richard Learoyd, Obliteration after Modigliani, 2022
Richard Learoyd, Obliteration after Modigliani, 2022 

27/10/2022 - 23/12/2022

49 Geary Street 
94108 San Francisco   

Fraenkel Gallery presents a new exhibition by British artist Richard Learoyd, his fifth with the gallery. Learoyd’s recent work deepens his exploration of classical themes, using exacting techniques to create pictorially lush, one-of-a-kind photographs. The exhibition features approximately twenty works— nudes, still lifes, and portraits—made over the last three years using the artist’s room-sized camera obscura in London. The gallery will host a public reception with the artist on Saturday, October 29, from 12-2pm. Learoyd’s meticulous process uses cumbersome technology to make rich, grainless images that are painterly in their nuanced attention to pose, detail, tone, and texture. His botanical still lifes depict vibrant and wilting flowers, subjects Learoyd has called transient and fugitive, “alive and dead at the same time.” Other still lifes feature taxidermied parrots, elephant bones, candles, and mirrors—objects that suggest questions of illusion and mortality.