Review: Fatboy Slim hails Rusbatch exhibition

Artist David Rusbatch at RedHouse Originals gallery in Harrogate in front of his Rave Year (calendar)  artwork. (Picture by Proctor Photography)

Artist David Rusbatch at RedHouse Originals gallery in Harrogate in front of his Rave Year (calendar) artwork. (Picture by Proctor Photography)

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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