A mural on the back wall of the gallery depicts an amethyst desert landscape. Mirroring the language of the paintings on canvas, it is blown up to form a backdrop, similar to the way that a scenic painting provides visual context for a narrative in a play. ‘Imitation Sand’ weaves together a narrative of displacement, romanticism and internal-logic that subverts the domestic element of the paintings which are plucked from the context of decoration and display. Transported through repetition to an abstract world, the paintings become at once enticing and ensnaring. The exhibition forms a fictitious world in which visual devices, such as a mirrored screen, divide the room and reflect the landscapes of the paintings, placing the viewer inside the maze-like nature of the work.

Neil Raitt (b. 1986, Leicester, UK) lives and works in Los Angeles and London. Raitt received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. Raitt’s work has been exhibited at public and private institutions including the Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne; Villa Du Parc centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse; the DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago; and the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas. He was the recipient of the Northern Trust Acquisition Prize, 2016 and the Catlin Art Prize, 2014. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles (US), Nicelle Beauchene, New York (US) and Mon Cheri, Brussels (BE).

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Neil Raitt
Parallel Peaks (Tracey Island)”,2017
Oil on canvas
52 x 34 15/16 Inches. / 132 x 88,7 cm

Neil Raitt
Parallel Peaks (Tracey Island)”,2017
Oil on canvas
52 x 34 15/16 Inches. / 132 x 88,7 cm

Neil Raitt
Van Dyke Foothills (Golden Green)”,2017
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 35 7/16 Inches. / 120 x 90 cm

Neil Raitt
Van Dyke Foothills (Golden Green)”,2017
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 35 7/16 Inches. / 120 x 90 cm

Neil Raitt
Sunset Cross”,2017
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 27 11/16 inches. / 100,3 x 70,3 cm

Neil Raitt
Yucca Valley (Harold)”,2017
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 27 9/16 Inches. / 100 x 70 cm

Neil Raitt
Icecap Mountain (Winter Cabin Edit)”,2017
Oil on canvas
58 x 42 8/25 Inches. / 147,5 x 107,5 cm

Neil Raitt
Desert Haze (Blondie)”,2017
Oil on canvas
58 x 42 8/25 Inches. / 147,5 x 107,5 cm

Neil Raitt
Forest Falls (Vanilla Peaks)”,2017
Oil on canvas
58 x 42 8/25 Inches. / 147,5 x 107,5 cm

Neil Raitt
Forest Falls (Vanilla Peaks)”,2017
Oil on canvas
58 x 42 8/25 Inches. / 147,5 x 107,5 cm

Neil Raitt
Silver Ridge (Golden Green)”,2017
Oil on canvas
39 19/25 x 27 3/4 Inches. / 101 x 70,5 cm

Neil Raitt
“Icecap Mountain (Yucca Valley Pass)”,2017
Oil on canvas
65 15/16 x 43 8/10 Inches. / 167,5 x 111,5 cm

Neil Raitt
Misty Mountain Glow (Indian Yellow)”,2017
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 Inches. / 80 x 60 cm.

Neil Raitt
Yucca Valley (Marisol)”,2017
Oil on canvas
94 1/2 x 70 7/8 Inches. / 240 x 180 cm.

Neil Raitt
Canyon Screen”,2018
MDF, Perspex and brass fixings.
Variable dimensions. Panels: 76 7/9 x 32 2/7 x 1 3/8 Inches (each).

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Imitation Sand
Neil Raitt

at Valentin, Paris

27.01.18 – 24.03.18

Photos: Grégory Copitet /
Courtesy of the artist and Valentin, Paris.

Valentin