Editor’s Pick David Horváth Turquoise Routine

Untitled, 2021, oil on linen, 45 × 60 cm

There is a colour in the title of this show, one that is not there —or, however, not predominantly. It is suggested to cling to the viewer’s eye and potentially influence their visual experience of the works, displayed synchronically as if these were part of the same tireless exercise in the reproduction of the light and its effects, as a continuum with no rupture between one and the next. Turquoise Routine is David Horváth’s first solo exhibition ever, displaying a selection of small to medium format oil paintings. The Romanian born artist composes impressionistic scenes of landscapes, figures and self-portraits that demonstrate curiosity in light and shadows.

There is always a tree in the window, in every painting where there is a window. It is the tree that is outside the room where David paints, his bedroom in his parents’ home, where he was born and grew up: it partially blocks the view and filters the light entering his sleeping/working space, therefore almost always dark. Painting the light then becomes first of all the practice of imagining it. Turquoise Routine is on view at Ciaccia Levi, Paris, until July 23rd.

Untitled, 2021, Oil on linen, 55 × 40 cm

Distorted self-portrait, 2021, Oil on linen, 40 × 55 cm

Untitled, 2021, Oil on linen, 50 × 40 cm

Untitled, 2020, Oil on linen60 × 60 cm 

Courtesy the Artist and Ciaccia Levi, Paris-Milan
Photograph: Aurélien Mole