Girls at Play
New paintings and drawings
by Derek Marks
13 January - 6 February 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday 13 January, 2011 | 6.30 to 9.30pm
Derek Marks, Girls Dangling III: Silent Separation, Oil on canvas, 2010
Girls at Play, new paintings and drawings by Derek Marks, can be divided into three
themes: girls dangling, girls drawing and girls making pacts; each representing
something of the cloistered worlds of privacy and uniformity.
The subjects portrayed are not aware or even interested in the viewer, but only in their
activities and, to varying degrees, each other. These images do not only represent play
but are playful.
Often the girls faces are averted from view and their individuality hidden with uniform
clothing. While at the same time, there is a powerful sense of society and of belonging,
reinforced by the compactness of the groupings. The work becomes conversations
about identity, both singular and group.
This playfulness is also found in the execution of the work – colour separates one part
of the body from another with no visible flesh to make the link, but the construction
Derek Marks, Girls: Inseparable III, Charcoal, 2010
of the body is such, that one is left with no doubt of the understanding of human
anatomy underpinning such decisions. What appears absent at first, makes itself quite
present in time.
These are sensual works paying homage to the charm and beauty of youth – evoking
strong references to a more innocent state of being, while displaying an absolute joy in
the art of image making and painting.
For further information, text or images, please contact António Capelão.
Bicha Gallery, 7 Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PP
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Bicha represents living contemporary artists from the UK and around the world
– working in sculpture, ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, photography,
printmaking, etching and metal work.
Bicha Gallery | Girls at Play | 13 November -6 February, 2011
New paintings and drawings by Derek Marks
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