Newly represented artist Guy Allott will be exhibiting a significant new series of paintings and sculpture in his first solo show in London since 2006.
In this new body of paintings, the very distant past and the far-flung future merge. His scenes are replete with improbabilities and anachronisms: fiery mackerel skies, techno-dystopic animal carcasses erupting from the earth and jolly-but-sad spacecraft (evocative of 1960s toys rather than actual rockets).
In order to create these works Allott must contend with a cultural mother-lode of warped landscapes: the pastoral tradition of Antoine Watteau and Claude Lorrain, the spooky wraiths of English Romantic painters (Samuel Palmer et al), CS Lewis' Narnia, HG Wells’ end-of-empire fantasies, the surrealist 20th-century works of Paul Nash and his followers, mid-century pulp science fiction book covers and Hollywood's vast painted (and now CGI) backdrops. Allott succeeds by carefully gesturing towards these, before returning the viewer to his own personal vision – an expanded exploration of the surrealist English landscape tradition. Allott has continued to exhibit in Museums and Galleries nationally and internationally including 176/Zabludowizc Collection (The Library of Babel); Chung King Projects, Los Angeles (Solo); the Kunstverein, Springhornhof, Germany (Group); Arp Museum, Remagen Germany (Solo); Whitechapel Gallery, (East End Academy); the Walker Art Gallery (John Moores); Reception Gallery, Berlin (Solo) and City Art Gallery, Leicester (Solo).
His work has also been featured in Art in America, Time Out, The Art Newspaper and Modern Painters.
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