Adam Neate has always been a particular visionary. For years, as he mastered a 4D painting craft that felt like an evolution on 2D, he still felt grounded in a traditional aesthetic that was also a throwback. It was such a fascinating, intriguing body of work. Neate's "return" so to speak to 2D is once again stunning and immersive, a body of work that feels more contemporary and in response to the pandemic worldview. But it feels fresh, like only Neate can create.

The new works will be on view at Allouche Galley in NYC from February 6—March 10, 2021, created after our Art In Uncertain Times visit with Neate in Brazil last year. Madalena remains, still, a powerful examination of dimensionality with paint and surface. “For this new body of work I wanted to revert back to the traditional 2D painted canvas," Neate says. "I wanted to capture daily life in and around Vila Madalena, an area in Sao Paulo where I live. With such a diverse mix of people in Sao Paulo I wanted to create a unity amongst the figures I painted.” 

That way Neate captures nuance, combined with some new uses of color and subject matter,  Madalena seems like a revelation. In an interview with Juxtapoz in 2017, Neate told us, "A dimensional artist can train one's mind to compartmentalize time and space in relation to events happening around the subject matter." He has done it once again, in one of our favorite bodies of work to date from the UK artist. —Evan Pricco