Jack Bell Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of paintings by contemporary artist Raquel van Haver. ‘Metro 54’ brings together two mural scale paintings along with a new series of small intimate portraits. The artist works on burlap, often combining oil paint, charcoal, gypsum, newspaper and ash in heavily textured compositions. This will be her first exhibition in the UK. Van Haver offers snapshots of daily life in the South-East of Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the artist lives and works. She is interested in race and identity, drawing from African, Western, Caribbean and Latin American cultures within her direct neighbourhood. Her painting is raw and masculine, at times monumental and energetic, at others dark and ominous. Negotiations between ‘self’ and ‘other’ appear as recurring themes. The artist skilfully fuses great traditions of painting and the more contemporary practices of graffiti in

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