Colour Radicals

22 Sep 2018 – 4 Oct 2018

Event times

22nd September - 4th October 2018

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Rugby, United Kingdom


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Recent explorative oil paintings by Coventry based artist Bernard Charnley. The exhibition has a focus on representations of change through a series of visual propositions.



 The paintings showing in the First Floor Gallery reiterate a collapse of the normal with unexpected results. Each image can be likened to a theatrical event, where the props are caught in a moment of destruction or drama. Yet that same moment yields a surprising contrast. Colour emerges from, ignites or lights this virtual stage. 
These visual metaphors touch on ideas of dystopia, while at the same time releasing a narrative of colour as an emancipatory energy. In turn, ideas of visual beauty or the aesthetic are rehearsed and resited within mis-en-scenes of transformation.


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