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Joseph Urie

Work on Paper 1978 2014

13 September 5 October 2014

Open weekends 12-5pm, viewing welcome at any other time by appointment.

Joseph Urie was born in Glasgow, 1947, trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College

of Art, Dundee and then at the Royal Academy Schools, London. He has won

numerous awards, has exhibited widely and is held in various public collections

throughout the UK.

This is his first solo show for a number of years and the first retrospective of his

work to date. Despite taking a step back from public exhibitions he has

maintained a prolific output of painting and drawing and for the past 3 years has

been working on lino and woodcuts.

This exhibition will cover mainly work on paper from 1978 to the present day

and will include earlier sketches, drawings, lithographs and oils on paper as well

as showcasing his recent printmaking taken from lino and Japanese plywood.

He is arguably best known for his large, painterly canvases packed with

ambiguous symbolism - the paint applied thickly and swiftly with an apparent

obsessive agitation. His sketches, again laid down quickly with a similarly

frenetic style, are the foundations for these large canvases and are exhibited here

giving a wonderful insight into the artistic process. Fully worked charcoal

drawings, detailed pen and ink studies as well as vibrant watercolours document

the journey Joe has been on his hopes and dreams, fears, lost and found love,

broken hearts, superstitions and mythology all can be found within the

ambiguous symbolism of Joe’s work.

The majority of this work has never been exhibited and offers a great insight into

the development of a unique artistic talent.

Fidra Fine Art

45 Dirleton Avenue

North Berwick

East Lothian

EH39 4BL

01620 895057

07981 982464