ref: bOs Oct 13-Nov 12 2010 AUSTIN/DESMOND FINE ART Julian Perry: An Extraordinary Prospect - Open a 'pdf' of this press release - return to Galleries PR Index



An Extraordinary Prospect


Perry’s response has been to make paintings that

conflate two time periods (before and after the cliffs

erosion). WWII Pill boxes, houses and trees float in

the space they once occupied prior to the loss of the

land upon which they stood.

Finding poignant

significance in the natural and man-made environment

is a recurring theme throughout Perry’s work. Here his

gaze has shifted to the English Coastline, creating

powerful metaphors of vulnerability and loss through

these unique depictions of threatened landscapes.

Julian Perry (b.1960) lives and works in East London

and has participated in over two hundred group

exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally. The

artist has received several major awards including Arts

Council England and British Council.

Perry’s works

are held in many public and private collections

including The Museum of London, Guildhall Art

Gallery and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

The Coastal Erosion Paintings

13 October – 12 November 2010

Private View: 12 October 6.30 - 8.30 pm

This Autumn’s exhibition programme at Austin / Desmond

Fine Art will feature the exhibition: An Extraordinary

Prospect - a three year study of English coastal erosion,

bringing together thirty new works by contemporary artist

Julian Perry.

Following his highly acclaimed 2007 exhibition A Common

Treasury, The Sheds Lost to the Olympiad this is to be

Julian Perry’s seventh solo show at the gallery.

Perry’s paintings are enduring recordings of the changing


Celebrated for their extraordinary fidelity and

powerful imagery, his work reflects complex political,

social and environmental issues.

An Extraordinary Prospect engages with one of the

strangest and most profound phenomenon to affect a

landscape: the disappearance of the earth. The exhibition

title references the 18th century concept of the sublime (in

which beauty and dread are conceived as two sides of the

same coin) whilst also hinting at an uncertain future.

Appropriately the Greek derivation of Sublime is ‘to look

up’, a defining characteristic of many of these dramatic


Perhaps the most striking aspect of these paintings is the

floating of their subjects in space.

Perry: I needed a way of conveying the extraordinary

sight of land dissolving into nothingness; the gradual

disappearance of the geological bed from beneath a

landscape’s features. This process has no equal in the

normal run of our lives, earthquakes are more deadly but

erosion is more profound.


Pied Bull Yard

68/69 Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3BN

The forthcoming exhibition offers the opportunity to

see Perrys latest body of work and will feature more

than twenty five large scale paintings alongside small

studies and works on paper.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available with essay

by Professor Paul Gough and text by Will Self.

Works are available for sale upon receipt of catalogue.

For more information and images please contact:

Evie Howard or Sethy Alamgir +44 (0)207 242 4443

Image: Caravan and Sea Mist II, 2010, oil on panel

(Further images available on the following page)

T: +44(0)20 7242 4443

F: +44(0)20 7404 4480

Opening hours: Mon Fri 10.30 – 17.30 pm

Sat 11.00 – 14.30 pm [during exhibition]


JULIAN PERRY: An Extraordinary Prospect

WORK DETAILS: All works oil on panel

House with Blue Sky, 2010

30 x 25cm

Coastal Tree, 2010

41 x 31.5cm

Cliffs at Happisburgh, 2010

20 x 26cm

For high resolution images please contact

T: +44(0) 207 242 4443

Evie Howard or Sethy Alamgir:




Happisburgh Defences, 2010

26 x 20cm

Skipsea Bungalow, 2010

25.5 x 34.5cm


Pied Bull Yard

68-69 Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3BN