February 26 - April 10, 2010
Harold Shapinsky (1925-2004) remained largely unappreciated and unknown until late in his life. His work came into public consciousness in the mid 1980’s solely because of the efforts of an Indian teacher and art lover, Akumal Ramachander, who was convinced of Shapinsky’s genius. He brought the artist’s work to the attention of the Tate Museum, which helped arrange his first solo exhibition at the Mayor Gallery in London. After receiving stellar reviews from that exhibition, the artist began exhibiting regularly in Europe and the United States, and is now considered to be a major contributor to the abstract expressionist movement. Exhibiting for the first time at the gallery, Shapinsky’s works communicate an energy and intensity that transcends their intimate scale.