jon oakes | choose your masques

31 Oct 2014 – 22 Nov 2014


Cardiff, United Kingdom


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jon oakes | choose your masques


gallery/ten presents 'choose your masques', a solo exhibition of new work by painter jon oakes this new body of work sees oakes further develop his themes of disguise, self-confidence + heroism, first showcased in his early 2013 solo exhibition 'physiognomy' at gallery/ten. oakes' practice is full of wry social commentary, brimming with dry humour, often taking inspiration from imagery sourced from the news and press. however, his recent work veer towards the ethnographic, with characters formed through close observation of his surroundings + encounters. throughout this latest series, oakes considers whether some individuals enjoy the game of identity, whereas others may feel uncomfortable with the concept oakes' loose, seemingly unfinished brushstrokes are coupled with strong mark-making + effortless detailing - the crease of a shirt captured in a single gesture. this juxtaposition between the expressive and loose + the fine and detailed, together with his use of text + bold colour, make oakes' work instantly recognisable oakes lives + works in cardiff. since graduating from the university of wales institute cardiff in 1997 he has exhibited widely throughout wales + has been a part of the gallery's pool of artists since the very beginning. 'choose your masques', his second solo exhibition at the gallery, cements oakes as one of the most exciting artists in the gallery's stable prices range from £250 - £895. the arts council of wales' interest-free payment scheme, collectorplan is available on all works. for further information on the gallery + its artists see www.gallery-ten.co.uk

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