John Kirby painting on display at Walker Art Gallery
14 November 2014
We are pleased to announce that a major painting by John Kirby entitled Open Arms is now in display in the modern section of the prestigious Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Having grown up in Liverpool, John has a strong connection with the city which has remained with him throughout his career. The artist exhibited a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in 2012, and this short film entitled 'Son of Liverpool' gives an insight into the city's influence on Kirby's practice.
Kirby tackles the complexities of gender, sexuality and race through arresting and unnerving portraiture. Whilst many of his works are sublimated self-portraits, others nod to religious and cultural iconography, or act as coded memories of his own family. Kirby's surrealist style has drawn comparisons to Magritte, Hopper and Balthus.