Martin Kerrison exhibits a selection of narrative drawings,
paintings, and prints. His work combines magical realism with social satire and
commentary. Set by the coast, fun fairs, lighthouses, beached icons of
consumerism, armies of men in suits; serve as characters and backdrops for a
very contemporary farce. There is a sense of a garden of earthly delights gone
wrong, a bonfire of the vanities; as lost, often surreal figures, grotesques,
at once trapped in their own conceit and social manner strut across apocalyptic
amusement parks. With titles like Crunch Time an attempt at some critique of
the current economic situation is clear. Stylistic allusions are aplenty. The
tension between stasis and motion is reminiscent of Bacon whilst the everyday
is eulogised more in the manner of Stanley Spencer. In its elements of
caricature and farce Peter Howson, Giles, or Hogarth and the quaint English
charms of Paul Slater all come to mind. Within this ambivalent critique of
capital, the ghosts of memory resonate through Kafkaesque landscapes of 20th
century nightmares and male angst, refracted through a comic-book eye.

Helter Skelter  charcoal on
paper 144x103cms    2007
 Kerrison's studio practice is akin to writing a book, in the
form of various designs for stage sets that happen to be paintings, drawings or
prints. There are elements of automatic writing in pictures that are
interrogated and moulded to create narrative. This allows possibilities for
drama, psychological tension, humour and satire to develop, operating at the
point of intersection between the personal and the social. Often these allude
to aspects of a tradition of north European realism and in their probing satire
can be compared to the Neue Sachlichkeit painters or the more contemporary
artist Neo Rauch.

Ship of Fools     oil on
canvas 90x90cms    2010  (Private Collection) 
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