PJ Riley: I’m Always Better when I’m Next to You

24 April 2024 to 30 April 2024 J/M Gallery

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The Caribbean comes to London with PJ Riley's new exhibition

This spring, Caribbean-based British artist PJ Riley will transport audiences to the splendour of Island life in his new exhibition I’m Always Better when I’m Next to You, which will showcase a selection of his most vibrant and meaningful artworks that explore the depths of human emotion and experience.

In a world of beauty, emotion, and introspection, Riley's oeuvre is a mesmerising fusion of abstract expressionism and narrative storytelling, weaving together a compelling tapestry that resonates with the contemporary soul. His paintings – some fiery and bold, others soothing and melancholic – are reflections of the human condition, rendered with a boldness and nuance.

With a background in industrial design, PJ Riley has designed innovative products such as a plastic spoon for Haagen Dazs and a keyring for Vivienne Westwood.  In 2014, Riley moved to the Caribbean and shifted his focus on painting, drawing inspiration from the Welsh Hills and the Caribbean light and colour. He has since created a new strand of modern art with a Caribbean twist, which reflects his resilience and desire to make being alive mean something.

From the vibrancy of Matisse and spontaneity of Jackson Pollock, to the distortion of Picasso and texture of Van Gogh, PJ Riley’s work pays homage to the greatest artists in art history, which is further fused with the emotive storytelling of a Goya. This blend of characteristics have paved a way in reshaping the dialogue around abstract art as seen in Riley’s art which is deeply personal and explores the energy that links us and the possibility of a higher power.

Each artwork in the exhibition serves as a portal into a world of emotional intensity and introspection, passion and contemplation. Through his masterful use of colour, form, and composition, Riley creates a visual symphony that speaks directly to the heart, transcending language and culture.

The exhibition is a testament to Riley's status as a visionary storyteller whose canvas serves as a mirror to the complexities of contemporary life. Through his art, he challenges viewers to confront their own emotions, experiences, and perceptions, inviting them to find meaning and connection in the midst of chaos and uncertai

Further information: Art Gallery | J/M Gallery | Notting Hill (j-m.gallery)