MARK SHIELDS: HERE AND ELSEWHERE
Grosvenor Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition of recent paintings by Mark Shields, entitled Here and Elsewhere. Working within the confines of figurative painting he has successfully managed to be original and contemporary which has led to his success.
As William Packer states: "These days it takes a very brave artist to commit himself entirely to the image of the figure…"
Now with the current exhibition 'Here and Elsewhere' Shields presents a powerful group of 17 large scale figurative compositions. Two wrestling figures in The Struggle conjure thoughts of Jacob and the Angel. A rugged Village Couple have become the eternal wanderers. The Captivessuggest slave prisoners. The stillness and calmness associated and admired in Shields work is present in these however the painting technique is not. Matte, fresco-like surfaces, scratched and spattered with paint as though marked with the passage of the ages, combine with the imagery to suggest a more violent monumental spirit.