10th April - 28th May
The Andrews Gallery
10th April - 28th May 2017
Islands of Ours
brings together an ambitious body of new work by British painter Shaun McDowell. Shaun has always aspired to make an exhibition in Belfast, where he is excited by what he calls “a landscape of movement and enterprise, of colourful past and bright future - a city simmering with potential”. This exhibition comprises paintings which in both form and feeling reflect on landscape and memory. They are informed by personal experience and history, intuition and pure gesture, as well as connected with the news and views of our present day. The paintings in the exhibition have all been made over the past few years. Shaun McDowell works on his boards all at the same time on the floor of his studio. He moves between the boards, layering wet on dry marks which give rise to complete works which are alive and vibrant in colour and expression.
(b. 1981, Sussex, UK) has exhibited his work internationally. Notable exhibitions include Visible, Invisible: Against the Security of the Real
with Cecily Brown, Katy Moran, Hans Josephsohn, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, The Tangled Grove
, Brickhouse at Nutbrook Studios, Peckham, London and solo presentations at the Hannah Barry Gallery Navigator
(2016), MOONS MASK S BIRDS DEMONS
(2014), The Souvenir
(2012) - which took its title from a Fragonard painting in the Wallace Collection, London – and Confessions and Love Pictures
(2008). He also has worked as a curator, making exhibitions over the last few years including amongst many others Alice Browne, Varda Caivano, Christopher Green, Howard Hodgkin, Ralph Hunter-Menzies, Raoul de Keyser, Wendy McLean, Saul Adamczewski, Marie Jacotey, Robert Crumb, Evgenij Kozlov, Pavel Pepperstein, Rose Wylie, Kate Groobey, Sofia Silva, Louise Thomas, Lara Viana and Hugo Wilson. Shaun McDowell’s father’s family are from Antrim in Northern Ireland. He lives and works in Redhill, Surrey, where he also runs the occasional exhibition space Dynamite Projects.
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