Review in Art Monthly

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If Malevich took painting to ‘zero form’ with Black Square, 1915, the Teesside artist Deb Covell frees paint itself from its conventional flat fate, placing it into a surprising three dimensional form, as demonstrated in her new exhibition ‘Zero’, a title consciously referencing the Russian Suprematist. Her technique uses thickly applies acrylic paint, curled or draped and eschewing any need for canvas or frames. Her six new works, all in black and white, some installed on the walls, and one, Back to Front, 2013, on the floor, brought the grey painted space of Manchester's independent, subterranean Untitled Gallery to life in an entirely unexpected way. Another kind of left turn, perhaps.