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Justin Mortimer

'National Geographic’

Exhibition of Paintings & Collages
June 19 – July 12

In Mortimer’s paintings, environments that have borne witness to conflict or human vulnerability are populated by often truncated, faceless figures; The paranoid landscapes - military structures, derelict wastelands, TB Sanatoria are psychological spaces as much as real places and their inhabitants in a persistent state of anxiety.

This is not to depict literal dismemberment, but rather to augment the disconnected, anxious tension between themselves, their bodies and immediate surroundings. Similarly in his portraits, sitters are choreographed (by use of compositional imbalance and cropping, choice of colour and gesture), to enhance their unspoken, inner dialogue.

 

 

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