Damn Idle Eyes is a show of paintings focusing on tensions and balances within Painting. Created throughout 2022, this exhibition of new work by Jack Dunnett is a continuation of an ongoing investigation into quotidian aspects of everyday life.
Featuring paintings that use a variety of familiar materials and motifs in order to create unexpected pairings, these works explore subjects that are often considered mundane, ordinary or bleak, through a lens of cautious irreverence.
The work ranges from figuration to abstraction, using materials such as paint, brick, plaster, rubber, varnishes and various detritus, in ways that may be obvious or go unnoticed.
A collection of portraits; interiors; abstracted landscapes; social commentary and a touch of the absurd, the paintings encompass different approaches, yet share a common thread. They are pulled together by an unreliable narrator; as if scenes from a world which is detached from our own, but rooted in direct experience of it. Scenes of places which are other-worldly, yet have essences of familiarity. Narratives which forever remain indefinite yet profess that there is a story to be told.
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