Zidane Little's painting achieves the extremely difficult feat of engaging with the legacy of Abstract Expressionism in a way that manages to be both contemporary and interesting. Whereas Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko were insistent about the correct way to understand their abstract images as expressions of sublime experience, the painting exhibited here remain ambivalent about the communicative potential of their symbols and gestures.
Some of these symbols are developed on the always-evolving chalkboards that accompany his work. They refer to ideas about the relation of ancient cultures to alien civilization, attempting to capture or explain something of the intense, or sublime, experiences the artist cites as the inspiration for the paintings. This hybrid of abstraction and conspiracy theory is original and compelling, and undertaken with absolute sincerity. It manages to be equally about abstraction, the communication of feeling, and popular culture.
Zidane Little was born in Brighton, East Sussex, UK, 1984 and studied at The Plymouth College of Art from 2006 - 2009. In 2008 he won the Ben Hartley Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Fine Art.