To mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI the artist Robert Fitzmaurice will present a solo exhibition of paintings, prints and mixed media that considers the nature of the soldier from ancient times to the present day.
Robert has spent the last year in research, reflection, and experimenting with different painterly approaches in the studio. The discoveries he has made regarding the use of colour, collage and textured surfaces to interrupt the sense of the image have been important ways for him to invoke the emotional tone in material terms. Combining his enduring interest in the figure and figure groups with literary and artistic sources that include Velázquez‘s ‘Surrender at Breda’, ‘The Soldier of Marathon’ by Cortot, and Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ he has created an original body of work that transcends historical specifics.
By uniting these historic references with a contemporary approach to image-making his aim is to present the viewer with fresh opportunities for reflection on this ongoing and seemingly inescapable aspect of the human condition.
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