Oil on linen on board
Original size: 44 x 32 cm
Photographer: Damien Meade
Damien Meade (b.1969 in Ireland) lives and works in London
In recent years, Damien Meade has made a series of paintings of busts, heads and limbs and other forms that have been modelled in clay, tape and wire. The fabrication of these sculpted subjects can appear cursory and improvised, but this crudeness of form is dignified by the trompe l´oeil of their painterly representation. The premise suggests artifice within artifice, but the paintings still appear to transcend the artificial, oscillating between the inanimate and the reanimated. In their genre, they hover between still life and portraiture; in their subjects, between inert matter and sentient beings.
Recent exhibitions include Sitting with the Qualities of a Mountain, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London; Damien Meade, Scheublein + Bak, Zurich; Shape Shifters, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Beastly Hall, Hall Place, Kent; Unspecific Objects, Malgras|Naudet, Manchester and The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Have You Seen Dante?, Vitrine Gallery, London; About Face, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, The John Moores Painting Prize 2012, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London; The Smallest Composite Number, Standpoint Gallery, London; Damien Meade, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London; SV12 Members’ Show (selected by Jenni Lomax and Mike Nelson), Studio Voltaire, London.