The Gates of Heaven
Small & Large Gallery
David Marl is well-known to art lovers in North Dorset where he lives and works, but this new exhibition at The Jam Factory, entitled Gates of Heaven, introduces his paintings to an entirely new audience. These beautiful works are both intriguing and thought-provoking.
In a recent conversation about the title of the exhibition, David quoted the painter Cecil Collins who said when writing about Francis Bacon, ‘He paints hell, and hell is a most popular subject today because so many people are in it. Hell is very stimulating and easy to understand. Paradise is very difficult to understand. And also in paradise there is a rebuke’. David found this an intriguing idea and commented, ‘I suspect this is a good reason for steering clear of trying to imagine and paint heaven. But I called this exhibition the Gates of Heaven because I suppose my painting is about those moments where we have glimpses of something else. I have times when I have a sense of something other, and it’s those moments of otherness that I try to capture in my pictures.’
To coincide with the exhibition David will be talking about his inspiration and process, giving insights which are always enlightening and often amusing.
The exhibition comes to The Jam Factory from The Slade Centre in Dorset and includes a number of drawings which illustrate the development of Marl’s work since his first solo exhibition at there in 2001.
The Slade Centre, The Square, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AY