Mark Shields: Here and Elsewhere
21 April 2010 - 14th May 2010
Grosvenor Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition of recent paintings by Mark Shields, entitled Here and Elsewhere.
Grosvenor Gallery is to open an exhibition of new paintings by the acclaimed Northern Irish artist, Mark Shields. 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 Captives suggest 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.
The title Here and Elsewhere is suggested on different levels. The figures themselves, mostly coupled, are inextricably linked with each other yet they often appear to inhabit quite separate plains. Here and Elsewhere. Again, the paintings depict believable scenarios- three girls in Daydreamers, a poet at his desk in The Poet- yet one senses that the Here of the depiction is merely a visual clue to a transcendent Elsewhere. And then one senses that the painter himself is both Here at the materialisation of the work and Elsewhere as he recognises the echoes of other periods and cultures in his expression of the endlessly repeated themes of human existence; of love and suffering, chaos and order, doubt and belief, the sacred and the sensual, the temporal and the eternal. In these he identifies with his ancestors as though the most ancient of times were present with him still. Here and Elsewhere
Andrew Lambirth describes the recent works: "Art deals with the things that can't be explained, the things of the spirit… His latest series of paintings embody these ambitions in a most remarkable way. Like all good art, they work on a number of levels and continue to feed the mind and eye of the viewer long after the initial encounter"
This will be Shield's 8th solo show at the Grosvenor Gallery in London. As well as shows in Berlin and Art Basel there is growing International demand for his work. He is featured in leading private collections in the UK and around the World and is in the permanent collection of several museums.
Here and Elsewhere is an important show and one not to be missed.
Exhibitions: 2008, Colloquy, Grosvenor Gallery, London; 2007, Twilight and the Unseen, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin; 2005, Paintings and Drawings, Grosvenor Gallery, London; 2003, Pilgrimage, Grosvenor Gallery, London; 2001, Inhabitants of the Dream Courtyard, Grosvenor Gallery, London.