By Graham Chalmers
David Rusbatch: Lost & Found, RedHouse Originals Gallery, Harrogate.
Wearing my ‘Rusbadge’, a homemade badge of one of his paintings cleverly constructed for fun by RedHouse Originals owners Richard McTague and Jon Kendall, I wander round this new exhibition by young Leeds-based artist David Rusbatch like a man in a daze.
There’s no strobe lights or glitter balls, only some nice Roosters beer on tap for the launch.
But the atmosphere in this quietly cool Harrogate gallery still belongs to a nightclub, something correctly spotted already by one of Rusbatch’s biggest fans, Norman Cook aka ‘Fatboy Slim’ who described his latest work as being like a “visual mash-up”.
A passionate fan of dance music and British club culture, Rusbatch’s colourful mixed media canvases and collages combine painting with a resin covering.
The effect is to lend a spangly twinkle to the images themselves - faceless figures whose features have been lost in a myriad of colourful patterns, surrealistic flowers and bits of Ecstasy era bric a brac.
The distillation of Rave culture by a very talented artist.
l The exhibition continues at RedHouse Originals Gallery, 15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate until May 3.
More information at www.redhouseoriginals.com