Inspired by ancient methods of painting this exhibition features works which draw on Egypt’s ancient landscape and culture. New paintings address the moors and coastal spaces around his studio in Cornwall. This exhibition follows on from O’Carroll’s solo show at the Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam in 2018.
The wide angle gestural paintings and the shaped wooden panels within ‘Nature’s Alchemy’ emulate the vastness and silhouettes of the Egyptian landscape, a sense of space drawing on John O’Carroll’s time spent in the big landscapes of the Western Sahara. His study of the structure and soil conditions of the Egyptian desert landscape and the artefacts uncovered there, add depth and further reference in his paintings with the untamed Cornish coast bringing its own inspiration. In his systematic, compelling way, O’Carroll brings the most remarkable of these various worlds together.
Speaking of his series of PLACE paintings, John says “Many of my works in this series depict a white mound – it’s a real place in the white desert, a limestone desert shimmering in space that could be mistaken for ice burgs. The round bent and curved panels are based on geological forms taken from the landscape, each creating shadows and light as the sun moves”.
20 Jul – 20 Aug 2019 | Floor 1
EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS + COLLECTIONS
Exhibition Highlights Include:
Holly Soloman Gallery, New York – USA
Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam – NL
Nanky De Vreeze Gallery – NL
PAN – Amsterdam – NL
Kunst Rai, Amsterdam – NL
Past Projects + Collections:
Treasures of Ancient Rome – BBC 4
Treasures of Ancient Egypt – BBC 4
Valley of Nobles – Supreme Council for Antiquities
Saquarra Valley Temple Project – Ted Brock
Valley of Kings – Ted Brock; NL Embassy – Egypt
Holly Soloman Collection – USA
British Embassy, Mondrain Foundation – NL