Gavin Nolan's disparate elements within his paintings combine resolutely to
form freakish portraits. The various characters develop personalities and traits.
Seemingly demanding of their creator ("make me look beautiful") to the point that
Nolan’s seems bizarrely to have gone easy on his nightmarish subjects. As in so
many portraits of course, true personality cannot help but caustically seep through.
His dialogue is appropriately diverse. The delicate brushwork is at odds with brutally
applied splashes, swathes and scumbles. Despite this contradictory language, the
rigorous glazing and twisted compositional tricks combine to harmonious effect. The
paintings are discordant, disquieting and beautiful.
Lives and Works in London.
1996 - 1999 Loughborugh University 1996 - 1999 Loughborugh University
1999 - 2002 Royal Academy of Art, London . MA Painting
People Like Us, Sartorial Contemporary Art at nomoregrey, East London, March/April 2006
The Deviants Part II, James Jessop & Gavin Nolan, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, December/January 2006
Mai Jabi!!! Fucking Brilliant!!! Tokyo Wondersite, Japan, December 2005
NLK. Wooster Projects, New York, October 2005
The Sun Also Rises. Solo show, Rockwell Gallery, London May 2005
The Deviants. James Jessop & Gavin Nolan, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, September/October 2005
Green Door. Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, February / March 2005
First Assembly. The Ragged School, London, 2004
Born Cry Eat Shit Fuck Die. Rockwell Gallery, 2004
Horizon of Expectation. Empire Gallery, London, 2004
Moral Combat. St Leonard 's Church, Shoreditch, London , 2003
Rockwell. Rockwell, London, 2003
The Protective Clothing Company. Knox Gallery, London, 2003
Full House. FNR Projects, London, 2002
The Guardian, Pick of the Week. Review, April 2005
Upcoming- Modern Painters. Feature on Rockwell Space and Artists
Miser and Now Magazine. Feature, Keith Talent Gallery, London, March 2004
Fashion Riot. Issue Two, 2003
Allegra Stratton & James Lindon, (editors). Liberal Intervention: The empires New Clothes? Aitchess Press, 2003
Art Review. Feature, Friends in High Places. July/August 2003
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