‘Our Worlds’ is a two man show featuring new work by two very different artists, both working in Project Ability’s Aspire studio.
Gerard Gallagher and Edward Henry find a common ground in their love of working from the world they see around them. Sometimes from films, sometimes magazines, always from real life, the subject matter varies from people to animals to places. There is humour and drama in their work, in different measures and applications.
Edward Henry is a painter. His colour palette is as rich as his subjects, and he masterfully composes his canvases with curious figures and sharp imagery. He has a keen eye for the unusual, the dramatic and the striking aspects of a life less ordinary. Constantly changing his subject matter, his work never grows tired and continues to impress, amuse and capture the viewer’s attention. The detail he gives each piece of work is methodical and unique. His curiosity of life can be seen in his compositions and subjects, often drawing unusual phenomena or faraway lands.
Gerard Gallagher works mainly with pen on paper. His gestural figures capture an abundance of personality through minimal mark making. His palette is often black ink on white paper, but when a decision has been made to incorporate colour, Gallagher goes head first in with bright pinks, blues and yellows. Amongst the mainly black and white drawings these gems of colour stand out with verve, like a full colour television advert in the middle of a black and white film. Gallagher often works from images of old film posters or television advertisements. He enjoys recreating familiar pictures, such as Ronald Reagan in an advert for Chesterfield cigarettes, or Henri Rousseau’s ‘The Tiger Riding Ukulele Man’. He creates a playful puzzle for the viewer; leaving them to work out the origin of his subject matter and guessing at the inspiration behind each different artwork.
These two artists work in very different ways but both have a charm and skilled naivety to their artistic practice. They are happy to share their work with the public, but their main source of enjoyment from their practice is the making of the work itself. ‘Our Worlds’ gives us the opportunity to peak into their minds and develop a picture of two artists, the world they have come to know and the world they are compelled to portray.