Extended until June 14th

The Sayle Gallery


Joseph Urie

10th of April – 14th June 2015

The Sayle Gallery is delighted to announce ‘Phantasmagoria’, the upcoming exhibition of the work of Scottish Expressionist Joseph Urie.

This is a rare opportunity to see a retrospective of prints and paintings of a contemporary figurative Expressionist, whose work is held in several significant national and private collections.

Joseph Urie attended the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and the prestigious Royal Academy in London.

Urie will be touring the Island by bicycle during the month of his exhibition, as he does every year, seeking new inspiration from the Manx landscape. His love of the island began in his youth, when he worked for many summers driving a beer lorry and saving for art school in Dundee.

Damian Ciappelli, Chairman of the Gallery, commented: “The Sayle Gallery is pleased to bring this important contemporary British artist’s work to a Manx audience. The ability to put on such an exhibition depends upon having a well-resourced Gallery and we are grateful for the continued support of the Isle of Man Arts Council and the Steam Packet Company.”

Urie’s work explores the dark er aspects of the human condition, presenting a subjective response to the world’s objective reality. His distinctive use of bold strokes and highly emotive depictions of figures is present throughout the exhibition.

Many of his works contain the symbolic use of animals, representing the parts of humanity not driven by reason. He also uses musical instruments, seeing music as a kind of unfettered communication of human emotion similar to in aims to the work of the expressionist painter.

The combination of a highly emotive and at times primitive style with a heavy use of symbolism creates an uneasy atmosphere which leads to a disturbing confrontation with the phantasmagorical unknown.

Through both paintings and prints, ‘Phantasmagoria’ reveals a body of work that resides in the uneasy liminal spaces between the human and the non-human; the real and the unreal; the perceived and the imagined.

Students from the Isle of Man College will have the opportunity to meet with the artist and discuss his work during a seminar held at the Sayle Gallery on the 24th of April.

The exhibition runs from 10th of April to 3rd of May at the Sayle Gallery, The Colonnade, Harris Promenade, Douglas. The gallery is open between 10.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday and 1.30pm – 4.30pm Sunday. Telephone: 674557. Email: info@thesaylegallery.com

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