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Kevin Gavaghan is a self taught artist, originally from North London but now works from his studio in Hertford. His paintings are evocative figurative imagery dancing around the fringes of surrealism and abstract art. He predominantly paints in oils and his process is to collect images and photographs that inform an emotional connection about any given moment in his past. These images reflect an emotional memory of his life growing up from the 1970s in a large Irish family, coping with the complexity of life with Tourette Tics and anxiety related illnesses. He creates organically and his paintings continue to develop throughout the process often changing their personality many times before settling on what he believes reflects a truth within his thoughts. Approximately 20 years ago he developed an eye condition called ‘Central Serous Retinopathy’ (CSR) which can distort his vision by producing fluid on his retina. He chose to embrace this in his art and Kevin’s palette and application of bold vibrant colours dissect and bend his figures and portraits to the point of abstraction which, for Kevin, highlight the multi layers of life and our inner emotions rather than the external likeness of his subject.
Peter Rodulfo (b. 1958, Washington DC) a British artist and sculptor spent much of his youth travelling across India and Australia, before settling in Norfolk where he studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design between 1975 to 1979. His first solo exhibition was held in 1980 at the Margaret Fisher Gallery, and for the past forty years has continued to exhibit widely both in the UK, Europe, Asia, USA, and South America. For the past decade he has resided in the Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth, where he has absorbed the novel visual experience of the urban environment and popular seaside culture. During the past two years the subject-matter, style and imagery of his paintings has remained broad and experimental, possessing a variety of meanings, and directly addressing both the viewers powers of association and imagination. Rudolfo's work inhabits the world between what we know and what we dream, treading a line between reality and imagination. They evoke a kind of instability, a sense that change, like the end to a long British Winter, is only constant. They are both alien and a form of shorthand in the form of gestures that refer to shared experience that reveal a mesmerising creative world.