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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
May 5 - 29, 2009
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
presents:
Hawksmoor Men
By Cornelius McCarthy


Painting by Cornelius McCarthy

On-Line Gallery Available

Preview Tuesday May 5, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

This is Cornelius McCarthy's ninth exhibition at Adonis Art, and characteristically the artist continues to explore formal and technical challenges while at the same time reinterpreting themes which have preoccupied him for many years. So there are striking new experiments here in the arrangement of figures and the juxtaposition of colour. But the organizing idea behind these pictures in fact goes back almost to the beginning of his career, to his fascination with the sculptural qualities of the male form and the monumental Hawksmoor churches which were such landmarks in the Stepney of his youth.

Larger oil paintings such as 'Basilica with Three Men' and 'Gold Chain' are an indication of how rich a source of inspiration this has proved to be, not only in terms of compositional strength but also in suggestive power there is a remarkably subtle play of light and shadow, a hint of eroticism, even a mysterious structural connection between living men and carved stone. Hawksmoor's virile, masculine architecture seems here to echo the forms and articulation of the live male bodies. And the colour - often similar to the chalky hues of early Italian fresco - enhances these correspondences. The result is an intriguing series of memorable images

I like the line in Peter Ackroyd's novel 'Hawksmoor' where the architect describes how for "Strowling Men" one of his churches becomes "their Theatre where they may become Objects of our Meditation."

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