In Justin FItzpatrick’s work, the act of painting is a way to explore the idea of conceptual metaphors; metaphors that structure our world view and perspective. Painting, in an improvisational mode, can turn the process of metaphor into a visual performance or an evidence, a constant sliding across the surface of a subject, it can enact the semantic jumps the mind makes when likening one thing to another and it provides an evidence of this fundamental activity. Recent works have focussed on diagrammatic, hydraulic imagery, drawing on the visual vocabulary of anatomical drawings, medieval illumination, sci fi book covers and Art Nouveau illustration.
Justin Fitzpatrick (b. 1985, Dublin) lives and works in Brussels. Recent solo exhibitions include :
Omega Salad at Seventeen - London (2020) ; URIZEN at Galerie Sultana - Paris (2019) ; A Pulsation of the Artery, Foxy Production, New York (2019), Underworld, Kevin Space, Vienna (2018), F-R-O-N-T-I-S-P-I-E-C-E, Seventeen, London (2018) and Uranus, Sultana, Paris (2017).
Recent group exhibitions include : La Clinique du Queer at La Maison Populaire - Montreuil (2020) ; Mascaras at Galeria Municipal do Porto (2020) ; Le Combat De Carnaval at Rodolphe Janssen - Brussel (2020) ; Salon de Peinture, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (2019), Pastoral Love, Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf (2019), Room Raiders, Mathew Gallery, New York (2018), Material Art Fair, with Sultana gallery at Mexcio City (2018), Whisky et Tabou, Musée Estrine, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (2017), Amazing girls / It’s complicated, Kevinspace, Vienna (2017), The Bloody Chamber, The Koppel Project, London (2017), On and Off, Projectos Medellin, Mexico (2017), Lonesome Wife, Seventeen, London (2016), Streams of Warm Impermanence, DRAF, London (2016), My own private Idaho, Chalton Gallery (2016), Animal Mundi, Solo show, Barbican Arts Trust (2016), I would’ve done everything for you…Gimme more, London (2016), Mask, Glass Box Gallery, Coventry (2016), Caput Medusae, Westminster Waste, London (2016), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2015).
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