Project Ability is proud to present a solo exhibition of Jim Feeney’s newest paintings, titled ‘squalor’.
Jim Feeney’s paintings tell a story. It isn’t always a happy story, but it is an important one. One that seems all too familiar, once again, at this point in history.
His work speaks of social injustices and the strength and comradery often found in areas of squalor. Tragedies, such as the Grenfell Tower fire, play a lot on Feeney’s mind. With an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Jim was born and raised in the Gorbals – Jim Feeney is a Glaswegian through and through.
He has battled with mental health issues which arose during impossible circumstances, leaving the artist out of work and in constant battle with the unemployment offices. He’s no stranger to employment however, having worked on the railroads, in the butcher’s and as a young boy delivering papers on his bike. He has found his own serenity over time and through his art, creating portraits of the people and places he cares most for. Thoughts on poverty, politicians and the greed in which the world unfortunately revolves around are all front and centre of his paintings.
Through the compositions he constructs on his canvases, via old photos and magazines, he brings out a beauty that some might consider hard to see in these places in Glasgow. His work is nostalgic, thoughtful and charged with insightful opinions that allow us a look into the mind of the artist, as well as the history of Glasgow.