The pleasure, 2017

Tal R’s paintings are distinct for their colourful palettes and playful imagery. The pleasure is from his series on sex shop exteriors. For the artist, that which is on display is only successful if it activates the imagination, hinting at something tantalisingly out of reach. Keeping us on the outside is a deliberate creative strategy. Working from photographs, Tal R is on the outside too: shut out by closed doors and broken windows, which he paints with varying degrees of abstraction in dazzlingly seductive hues.