Patrick Howlett @ Susan Hobbs Gallery

Patrick Howlett, you may gather/a kind of absurdity/if you see her, 2012 (courte
Patrick Howlett, you may gather/a kind of absurdity/if you see her, 2012, pencil crayon, distemper, oil, oil stick, linen and wood on linen, 169 x 169 cm (courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery)

Robert Linsley blogs about an exhibition of paintings by Patrick Howlett recently on view at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Linsley writes: "Howlett’s line is very Klee-like in that it thinks as it moves, and probably the most important effect of the show for me was that it pushed me further off my position on straight lines. Straight lines or shapes with straight edges are hardly unusual in abstraction, but I don’t use ‘em, and have a bit of an allergy to the same. Like everything else, including reliefs made of cut-out panels, it’s what you do with them that counts."