Damien Meade’s paintings depict hand made heads and other body parts modelled in clay, wire and tape. There is an unnerving quality about how he manipulates the lifeless clay that gives the impression that they are alert. “The head is his most frequent motif often appearing decapitated physically disfigured or incomplete. The heads fabrication might appear to be crude and improvised however there is real craft in their painterly representations. They provoke empathy in the viewer through our recognition of this most human of subjects. We recognise the inanimate nature of the model heads but their pictorial representation provoke a sense of uncertainty, as they hover between still lives and portraits.” Extract from Geraint Evans essay on Damien from Turps Banana issue eleven. Check out more about Damien Meade on Daniel Weinberg Gallery here and the artist’s website here.
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