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Jack Dunnett: Metonia
28 November 2019 until 30 December 2019
Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street
Private view: 6-8pm, Thursday 28th November – all welcome.
Exhibition continues 29th November to 30th December
“The paintings are staged scenes, manifesting facets of life which I feel to be profoundly true; veiled with the incertitude of what we can define as truth. I’m interested in depicting stories in a designedly curtailed portrayal of interaction; a figure relating to surroundings; atmospheres which are detached from a clear and subjective view of experience, lacking certainty, yet undeniably authentic.”
Jack paints exclusively on small boards; his postcard sized pieces draw the viewer into an intimate viewing of something larger than the sum of their parts. From claustrophobic interiors with captive inhabitants, to dwarfed nomads in endless expanse; their sense of scale expands and contracts like a changing lens.
Lit as if performers on a stage, Jack arranges figures within his paintings akin to a director using actors to block a scene. The images themselves are reminiscent of stills from films; depicting a narrative cloaked in ambiguity, desperate for a context which remains inaccessible.
Jack’s methods utilize traditional oil painting techniques alongside a shorthand of reactive chemical processes; drawing a fine line between the formal and the uncontrollable. His approach creates radical organic forms interlaced with fine, crisp and delicate characters; creating an uncertain dialogue between human and environment.
Exhibition is open
Monday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 1 – 5pm