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Aperture


artist | Philip Gurrey

2008

Painting

50 × 55 cm / 19.7 × 21.7 in

Oil on board.

Philip Gurrey seeks to explore the many facets of the human condition through face and figure in paint; pushing away from reality and an illustrative way of working into oil paints own unique visceral language. A common ... Read more
Oil on board.

Philip Gurrey seeks to explore the many facets of the human condition through face and figure in paint; pushing away from reality and an illustrative way of working into oil paints own unique visceral language. A common theme in his work is identity and through its inherent link to the subconscious he feels compelled to reveal/ask questions surrounding our understanding of ourselves as people. The title of this painting 'Aperture', relates to the lens or camera and the closed eyes of the subject. Jon Dunne described the eyes as the 'windows to the soul' yet here they remain shut. This however does not cut the viewer off from the subject in fact it gives the viewer time and space to consider the work without being confronted or challenged by the eyes, possibly leading to a greater insight into the subject's thoughts. There is a calmness to the expression yet the way the paint is handled lies in direct contrast to this. The left eye painted in a completely different manner to the right yet the image remains coherent. None of what the painting says or does can be explained in words, the paint itself challenges and communicates to the viewer to reveal a much greater diversity of thought and emotion. Read less

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