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Nicolas Bisley: The Quiet Forgotten
February 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - March 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
An intimate visit to the unvisited. In this selection of works from two collections, The Quiet Forgotten (1984) and Dark Avenue (1986), viewers are invited into two different private worlds of contemplation at the end of a life. Beyond their visual intensity, these works hold a candle up to the darkness of human nature: our fears of abandonment, our isolation, our mortality. Nicolas Bisley depicts the trembling moment before the clock hand strikes another second away, another second closer; his images bring the quiet forgotten before us, before they are forgotten.
Prolific in both art and music, Nicolas (1954 – 2012) produced the core of his paintings and drawings in Stockholm, Sweden, where he attained a diploma in Fine Art at Stockholm University. Nicolas studied under Cotswalds monks in England, learning how to paint icons using tempera and gold leaf; this education is evident in his wall-sized, often biblical paintings. References to literature are woven throughout his work. A lover of sacred texts and music, his later work draws on religious iconography to compose an elegy to the living and to hint at consolation.
Opening Saturday 27 February, 2pm to 3.30pm.
Saturday 27 February to Wednesday 16 March