Winston Roeth, Quintet, 2010 (tempura on slate tiles)
WINSTON ROETH is based in Beacon, New York State, and has been described as "probably the best colour painter in New York" by American critic Michael Brennan. At first glance his work appears very simple: thin, exquisitely layered, skeins of tempera on roof slates, building into velvet pigments that shift in the changing light. These colour combinations play gentle tricks on the eye - simultaneously drawing us into dense voids and then bouncing our gaze back with a vibrant intensity. Roeth's compositions are distilled to this apparent simplicity through the most minimal ingredients. Sometimes the slates are arranged as shimmering totems. In other works they are divided into grids, a geometric harmony of lines and colours, so that the matt expanse of paint is broken up by luminous lines in a perfect balance of light, depth and colour. In a world so accustomed to instant gratification Roeth's paintings require and reward an unusual level of contemplation.