Berlin Opticinas Gallery is delighted to present The Nose Knows – a solo exhibition by invited artist Mark McGreevy. This is the first in a new series of solo presentations, which move away from historical buildings to contemporary industrial settings.
McGreevy’s paintings are known for their texture and vibrancy of colour. In this exhibition, his palette is full of pinks, reds, bright blues and greens. The colours are often applied in blocks that occupy separate, designated areas, as if the paint brush followed the lines of a colouring book, a territory previously scribbled in with a crayon. There is a determination to his painterly gesture: the brushstrokes read as thick and expressive.
Simultaneously, the world potraited by McGreevy is both enticing and estranged. He captures the mundane and utilitarian aspects of life or residual spaces, which otherwise can go unnoticed. Those moments and places are often recorded in his sketch-books as a visual prompter, adding to a collage of ideas that inform his painting process. Thus, the reality offered by McGreevy is never fully defined and comes across as a tweaked and twisted version of what we experience. There is a sense of out-of-placeness and incompatibility within the picture plane, that corresponds with the awkwardness and unease of the subject-matter he depicts.
Mark McGreevy is a graduate of Ulster University, Belfast. He has had exhibitions at The MAC, Belfast; VISUAL, Carlow; The F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge; The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; RHA, Dublin; Fendersky Gallery, Belfast; The Lab Gallery, Dublin; The Third Space Gallery, Belfast; The Crawford Gallery, Cork; Katzen Art Centre, Washington, DC; Draiocht, Dublin; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; The Glucksman, Cork, among others.
McGreevy is the recipient of many awards including the Suki Tea Prize, a number of Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards, and Arts Council NI SIAP award. He has been shortlisted for prestigious art prizes such as The AIB Award and BOC Emerging Artist Award and has participated on artist residency programmes at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo and previously held a membership studio at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. His work is held in both public and private collections. Mark McGreevy is currently based in Belfast.