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Darryn George – grasses, shrubs & trees – 15 Sept-9 Oct, 2020

The Garden of Eden was the start point for these new works by Darryn George. He draws as if seeking a return to an age of innocence, when enjoyment in nature was less complicated. These works are a radical departure from George’s earlier paintings. He abandons the austerity of highly polished surfaces, straight lines and black in favour of organic mark-making and the immediacy of bright colour. There are glimpses of Henri Matisse, Franz Marc, Joseph Stella and the intensity of Persian miniatures. In the foreground we see not a crowd but a congregation, gathered for a common purpose, in an exuberant cathedral of trees and giant flowers – the primal architecture of nature.

Darryn George has just been announced as the 2020 Wallace Arts Trust Second Award Winner.