Lords of the Forest marks a new collaboration between Kir Royal Gallery from Valencia, Spain and PAPER from Manchester. The exhibition brings together two artists who create surrealist dystopian fantasies presented in a series of beautifully rendered paintings and drawings. This exhibition creates a dialogue between two artists and two further cities; from Liverpool to Madrid they have shared and discussed ideas common within their individual practices for the production of this exhibition.
Born in Albacete, Spain, José Luis Serzo will present work from his on going series Los Señores Del Bosque (Lords of the Forest). Serzo creates an alter ego, Blinky Rotred, who as narrator guides us through the fascinating world of the artist’s subconscious and its immeasurable symbolic recesses. After surviving at a terrible shipwreck, Blinky lands and enters into a forest where these vivid and strange paintings begin. Blinky starts a journey fraught with particular and symbolic encounters into a dreamlike universe created through careful details and wonderful compositions. This forest is populated by very peculiar and hyperbolic creatures. The protagonists are pseudo – archetypal beings that might be daemons themselves, although his appearance is human, many details lead us to place them among those beings belonging to a collective storytelling. All this takes place between imagination and reality.
Richard Meaghan assembles narratives from a never-ending stream of political corruption. Fabricating a dystopian world born from his imagination, his surreal meanderings and thoughts take on an evolutionary journey from ancient history and theology to ideas of globalisation, control and political agenda. The resulting characters are an eternally recurring cast of players, wallowing in a world of Machiavellian machinations.
José Luis Serzo lives and works in Madrid. His works have been showed in international galleries, museum and art fairs. Recently the Contemporary Cultural Centre Las Cigarreras (Alicante, Spain) hosted his solo show with artworks from the series La Historia mas bella jamás contada and Los Señores del Bosque. His artworks are in important public and private collections
Richard is based in Liverpool. He studied Fine Art at Staffordshire University and on graduating was awarded a travel grant to study Renaissance Art in Italy. The resulting work was awarded first prize in the Sefton Open, followed shortly with his first solo public exhibition at the Atkinson Art gallery, Southport. Meaghan was chosen as one of three emerging artists to exhibit alongside Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Keith Tyson in 'Exposed' (Art and Culture in England's North West) and was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2009. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.