Tuesday 29th April – Saturday 17th May 2008 Fosse Gallery Fine Art, Stow-on-the-Wold
A new Exhibition – Family Matter – Paintings by Mick Rooney, RA. Mick is not a typically English painter. Although his artistic antecedents embrace the narrative, not to say literary traditions of our national art, they also look to the broader horizons. He is an eclectic whose subject is the human condition:to this endlessly renewing disaster area he brings a sharp eye and a pawky humour.
Mick Rooney studied at the Royal College of Art, London from 1964 to 1967. Here he was awarded the Austin Abbey Major Scholarship to study at the British School of Rome from 1967 to 1968, where he was commissioned by the Franciscan Order to create a wall mosaic for a new Basilica in Nazareth, Israel. He was elected RA in 1991.
His paintings are profoundly figurative and illuminated by a resilient humanism, at times compassionate, more often dispassionate- in the sense of the unwavering recording eye- but, in the pursuit of his art, above all passionate. His latest work is about the interpretation of found images. When Mick lived in Hastings – he has now moved to the Cotswolds – he was presented with a box of postcards by George the Dustman, found among the rubbish of a society that seems to value so little. The postcards were evidently collected by a soldier during the Second World War as he moved with his battalion through Italy. They offer a kind of wartime travelogue crossed with a rite of passage, and for Rooney they are a rich source of images for painting.
The Exhibition is filled with imagined and highly poetic work, ambiguous in narrative, not about ideas so much as visual images.
Fosse Gallery Fine Art, The Manor House, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos GL54 1AF
Telephone 01451 831319
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 or by appointment
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