Date(s) - 17/08/2019 - 13/10/2019
Luan Gallery is delighted to announce its autumn exhibition entitled Asymmetrical Warfare which will feature the work of award-winning Wicklow based figurative artist Conor Walton. The exhibition will include some new and previously unseen works by Walton, will be launched by Robert Ballagh on Saturday 17th August at 3pm with a wine reception to which all are welcome. Conor sees himself, “as a figurative painter in the European tradition, attempting to maintain my craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value. All my paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’”
“The phrase ‘Asymmetrical Warfare’ in a way sums up my career and approach to painting and culture, but has particular relevance to my current work because this deals explicitly with cultural conflict, with the crises of our times – political, ecological, financial, cultural and moral – and the warped perspectives that ensue.”
Walton has impacted artists, critics and historians on both sides of the Atlantic. Donald Kuspit, American art critic and art historian widely regarded as the foremost practitioner of psychoanalytic art criticism has stated:
“Walton’s pictures are loaded with connotations – he is an educated artist, his art is more than ‘self-expression’, a major example of what I have called the new objectivism (whatever traces of the old subjectivism linger in his atmospheric handling) – giving them an inner resonance and depth that the Pop Art he utilises lacks, confirming that his works, with their disturbingly enlightened skepticism.