The Fitzrovia Gallery presents LAYERED LEGACIES an exhibition of work by Roy Prentice. His paintings and drawings are visual traces of his accumulated experience of the diverse landscapes of Crete. They are responses to living and working ‘elsewhere’, on a Greek island, for extended periods of time over many years.
Images have their origins in rural and urban settings, in places glimpsed and remembered, explored and recorded, savoured and revisited. Long-standing preoccupations with the qualities of expansive mountain vistas, enclosed courtyard gardens and the faded patina and crumbling architectural detail of abandoned stone buildings continue to inform his work.
His most recent paintings and drawings have a sharper urban focus; in particular the remnants of Byzantine and Venetian stone walls ,fragments of fortifications that punctuate the perimeter of the old city of Chania. These stratified structures expose embedded fragments of preserved precision and recycled components that hint at former functions and now surrounded by decay and disintegration. The walls are a rich source of imagery, sites where order and disorder, the enduring and the ephemeral, the robust and fragile coexist. They stand as a metaphor for our capacity to change whilst remaining who we are.
16—21 OCTOBER 2017 11—6 30
PRIVATE VIEW 17 OCTOBER 2017 6–8
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