A dark figure half-submerged in a phosphorescent black sea set the mood of the private view of Faith; a series of paintings, drawings and video installation by a group of eleven artists, set in the intimate location of the Primo Alonso gallery in London’s east end. The artists’ collective exploration and questioning of the meaning of ‘faith’ is palpably evident in the exhibition, an ecclesiastical undercurrent emitting from every beautifully considered piece of work, but each takes a unique approach. Simon Burton’s dark, faceless figure rising from anonymous watery depths is reminiscent of a Francis Bacon or Peter Doig but swathed in a foreboding blackness, a dimly unsettling vision of a dystopian future.
The sublimely talented David Hancock’s most recent work appeared; small, intricately painted portraits of three apostolic figures, their wide eyes averted to the heavens. Neon pinks, yellows and greens emerge spasmodically beneath the flesh of the figures and the distorted walls they lean against. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic movements, Hancock’s work draws on the religious symbolism of this era but relocates them into an urban, contemporary context. Every piece of work left me stunned and enraptured – a remarkable show of remarkably talented individuals.
The show runs until 13th April.
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