Paintings by Lynda Miller Baker (UK), Keith Payne (UK), Ronnie Wood (UK),
Andy Warhol (USA), John Sharkey(UK), Mary Lloyd Jones (UK), Steven Barret
(UK), Katya Weyher (Poland), John Sharkey (UK); sculptures by Moussa Ouattara
21 March - 20 April 2008
ICON - A Veritable Exhibition of the Eclectic
The Russell Gallery will bursts on the
scene this year with an enthralling exhibition which takes one into the
mysterious and enchanting world of iconology and the study of symbolism.
The gallery's director, Stefania Russell in collaboration with Gallerie
Pomie (France), has brought together the works of a plethora of artists
to celebrate that most fascinating of subjects, the icon, and those sacred
and indeed not-so-sacred personages behind the myriads of images which
have become icons to mankind since the dawn of time.
Throughout both the religious and secular world the recognisable image
be it animal, human or symbolic draws people into similar or parallel
understandings. The form attains energy through recognition which over
time elevates it to the state of ICON.
Here we have gathered a collection of work from both traditional and contemporary
artists who have all responded to the concept of ICONIC imagery. They
represent prehistoric, animistic, religious and modern iconography posing
the question “WHAT IS AN ICON”.
From Cave Art to Mary Mother of Jesus to David Beckham, the revered image
as perceived through the human collective consciousness skips impertinently
from the mysterious and deeply disturbing to the outright frivolous.
Consider the works of Ronnie Wood, the craggy Rolling Stones guitarist
against the exquisite bronzes of Moussa Ouattara; compare the Sixties
kitsch of Warhol to the and discrete and magical cave painting by Keith
This is an exciting but ultimately serious insight into that which makes
us tick, that which for whatever reason, happens to become an iconic image,
be it an object of reverence or an object of distaste. From gold leaf
to plastic, from the grotesque demons of exhibition will engage and focus
the attention like few others.
The Exhibition is opening on Friday
21th of March and will run until the 20 of April.