The secret life of objects: recent paintings

Peacock, Irvine (2004) The secret life of objects: recent paintings. In: Exhibition at Portal Gallery, 43 Dover Street, London, 27 Sep - 16 Oct 2004, Piccadilly, London.

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Abstract

Peacock has been successfully represented by the Portal gallery since 1978. He has undertaken commissions and been included in many group shows during this time. He was invited to hold a solo exhibition there in 2004. The exhibition consisted of around 20 new paintings produced specifically for the show. The paintings are deeply researched manifestations of ongoing preoccupations with specific objects, their depiction and meaning. An accompanying essay exemplifying his research ethos was written by Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Dartington College of the Arts and Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University, based on a series of interviews with the artist. This provides a scholarly insight into some of the concerns and motivations behind the work, while placing it firmly within the framework of contemporary art practice. ‘Peacock’s oneiric labour is less dream-work than conscious daylight reverie, its atmosphere distilling pure detail in successively finer brushstrokes – a patient and focussed elaboration of images involving time both as a worked duration and as a mental space in which subject and object may, or may not achieve, albeit temporary, reconciliation’. This essay was included in the illustrated publication “Secret Lives of Objects” (ISBN 0-9548582-0-4)

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Additional Information:Peacock has been successfully represented by the Portal gallery since 1978. He has undertaken commissions and been included in many group shows during this time. He was invited to hold a solo exhibition there in 2004. The exhibition consisted of around 20 new paintings produced specifically for the show. The paintings are deeply researched manifestations of ongoing preoccupations with specific objects, their depiction and meaning. An accompanying essay exemplifying his research ethos was written by Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Dartington College of the Arts and Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University, based on a series of interviews with the artist. This provides a scholarly insight into some of the concerns and motivations behind the work, while placing it firmly within the framework of contemporary art practice. ‘Peacock’s oneiric labour is less dream-work than conscious daylight reverie, its atmosphere distilling pure detail in successively finer brushstrokes – a patient and focussed elaboration of images involving time both as a worked duration and as a mental space in which subject and object may, or may not achieve, albeit temporary, reconciliation’. This essay was included in the illustrated publication “Secret Lives of Objects” (ISBN 0-9548582-0-4)
Keywords:Art, Exhibitions, Art galleries
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W120 Painting
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1347
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:11 Oct 2007
Last Modified:19 Feb 2013 11:42

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