"These works speak a language of colour and tell tales of passion the heroics of desire"
Shaun McDowell is an accomplished colourist and mark maker. In MOONS MASKS BIRDS DEMONS, he presents a series of seventeen paintings, the result of an extended stay in Tuscany over the course of last summer. There, Shaun was afforded the time and space to work on all the pictures simultaneously, making each individual mark instinctively and incisively. These paintings constitute a potent representation of his feeling and his thinking, his engagement with the world.
In Italy, Shaun worked on a large number of paintings. Some of the works on display in MOONS MASKS BIRDS DEMONS began life in a Peckham studio and were driven for completion in Tuscany, others were started and finished in Italy. He employed Florentine craftsmen to prepare the surfaces with gesso, and once the boards were constructed and lined up, would begin his work. At one point there were so many boards, that they had to be cycled from the wall to the floor, where he was working on them.
(text source: Hannah Barry Gallery)
Shaun McDowell, Seeking Venus, 2013, Oil on board, 60 x 60 x 3 cm; Courtesy of the Artist and Hannah Barry Gallery
More on Shaun McDowell (b. 1981, Sussex, UK)
Shaun McDowell’s paintings are based on his personal perception of the world around him. Painting from nature or a model, his work invariably shows an artist in awe, either of his model or the beauty of nature. Using the energetic brushwork of an accomplished colourist he successfully blends figure and surroundings. His paintings reveal the temptations of a painter who wants to both disclose his feelings and be protective of them.
(text source: Artspace)
(Image on top: Shaun McDowell, Beware the invitation, 2013 , Oil on board , 80 x 80 x 5.5 cm; Courtesy of the Artist and Hannah Barry Gallery)