Fear is the Mind Killer

Ivan Seal, skat nvank, 2011, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

The work of Ivan Seal on first appearance appears traditional in approach and subject. Objects appear on plinths or tables in quite traditional still life form. On closer inspection or more appropriately when your eyes adjust you are rewarded with very confident and brave works. These are definite paintings. They appear to be half finished experiments; some have a beautiful grotesqueness to them. When I look at them I can’t help but feel that I am looking at artefacts from The Island of Doctor Moreau. Fittingly the artist describes his work as a ‘hand-eye parasite that grows and grows’. See more work here and there.

Posted by Damien Flood

Ivan Seal, the crent humps rhe ebaec, 2011, oil on canvas, 50×40 cm


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