Louise Alexander Gallery

Nicholas Archer

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With a depth of vision and a scale of multi-layered meanings that some of cinema’s great directors would be proud of, Nicholas Archer’s latest paintings possess a nocturnal, Lynchian quality that suggest a shocking, dystopian vision of the world in crisis, a journey at an end.

Archer had previously used haunting re-imaginings of Disney inspired landscapes, and now, in the role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice himself, his new images link the painting style of the Early European Northern Tradition with the genre scene backgrounds of artists like Breugel, Uccello and Bosch to more contemporary cinematographic language of recent dark fairy tales such as del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Here menace is implicit in a seemingly enchanted landscape.

Selected works