"Domesticity is only on the surface, yet it provides the tension
that real passion lives off" says Welsh artist Kevin Sinnott,
which explains the title Domestic Species for his
upcoming exhibition at Flowers Cork street.
As one of Wales' most admired artists, Flowers gallery is
delighted that Kevin Sinnott will unveil a new collection of work
along familiar themes, which have been reinvented, revisited and
explored further. While this collection of works was painted in the
second half of 2013 and 2014, the exhibition is almost a personal
survey, as it will include Sinnott's reflections from his sketches
of the 1990s, when the artist left London and returned to live and
work in Wales.
Known and celebrated for his works such as: Running Away
with the Hairdresser, which is housed in the permanent
collection of the National Museum of Cardiff, Sinnott captures the
same spirit with a fresh approach, in his latest offering.
Followers of Sinnott from around the globe will be pleased to see
that his new works continue his fascination with human interaction
and relationships, where his inimitable emotive creations and
clever use of colour, result in an unabashedly powerful pictorial
delivery to his audience.
Try! is about a peculiar human passion that is wrapped
in tribal identity, chance and triumph. The central figure, a
sensually conveyed woman, appears ambivalent, both involved and
perplexed in the scene. The flat ground on which the interaction is
played out, has been elevated by the use of a decorative layer and
the pattern hints at that of a tribal wrap, adding to the exotic
overtones and relaxed air of the piece. The movement and underlying
eroticism in the painting, is created by the bold use of colour and
the angles and position of the characters within it.
Hanging Out is multi-faceted and while it appears to be
centred around a domestic chore, on deeper inspection, it reveals
themes around sensuality, commitment, respect, family, and
community. The washing lines that feature here and in several of
Sinnott's works, he explains, are a "meaningful recurrence", rather
than a purely domestic motif.
Hanging out, says Sinnott, "depicts my utopia". This
utopia he describes is a place where progress has been sidestepped.
He alludes to the sense of nature being the stronger force - that
natural elements control us and not the other way around. There is
an underlying theme of progression in Sinnott's works and an
acceptance of the community harmonising with natural forces, both
symbolically and literally.
In Three of Each Sinnott wanted to repeat the success
of his work: Cock a DoodleDo, which he explains came about
almost by accident, which he puts down to his initial compositions
being created freely and almost haphazardly. This piece consists of
similar themes to his other works, however in this particular
painting he includes domestic birds as the central figures in the
foreground, specifically so that they are on an equal footing.
The painting is based on a drawing from one of Sinnott's sketch
books of the 1990s and appears representative of many of his pieces
in this collection, in that he is able to make a statement via
dramatic, exaggerated movement and the unconventional use of visual
semantic fields or symbolism. The domestic and rudimentary aspects
juxtapose the deeper layers of Sinnott's works and the overall
effect, whether partaking of the symbolism, or simply enjoying the
visual impact of colour and movement, are mesmerising.