Bob Dylan, Dale Chihuly, Lorenzo Quinn, Mauro Perucchetti, Simon Gudgeon
21 May 2012 - 16 Jul 2012 | 24 Bruton Street, London
Halcyon Gallery’s 24 Bruton Street space is exhibiting 5 specially curated gallery rooms of artwork by Mauro Perucchetti, Bob Dylan, Dale Chihuly, Simon Gudgeon and Lorenzo Quinn.
Internationally celebrated artist Dale Chihuly has designed a permanent installation room on the first floor to celebrate his groundbreaking ‘Chihuly Garden and Glass’ exhibition which recently opened in Seattle.
Chihuly is widely regarded as the most exciting and spectacular artist working in contemporary glass, credited with elevating the medium from the realm of craft to groundbreaking fine art. A prodigiously prolific artist, whose work balances content with thorough investigations in to the properties of glass, Chihuly began working with the material at a time when reverence for glass-making and technique was paramount.
Panel pieces by Pop artist Mauro Perucchetti are on display on the ground floor. Pieces include a Swarovski crystal embellished AK47 and a polyurethane resin blast panel. Reliant on symbols to convey meaning, his attractive pieces deal out a pointed political and social critique, subtly addressing some of the most pressing issues in contemporary society.
With pieces in public collections in the United States and Britain and in many private collections, Perucchetti has achieved considerable international acclaim since his late arrival on the art scene. His work has been the subject of solo and group shows across Europe and America. In 2010 Perucchetti’s Jelly Baby Family was installed in Marble Arch as part of Westminster Council’s City of Sculpture Festival.
An important collection of Bob Dylan’s original canvases, drawings and prints are on display on the ground floor. One of the most influential figures in the music of the last five decades, Bob Dylan is also a writer, film director, actor, radio broadcaster and an artist. Exploring anonymity, transience and dislocation, Dylan’s artwork expresses feelings characteristic of his life on the road. Developed from drawings and sketches made by Dylan while on tour during 1989-92, The Drawn Blank Series is a critically acclaimed, powerful body of work which gives an insight into his soul.
A permanent Simon Gudgeon room has been installed on the first floor to celebrate the Isis project, the public installation of ‘Search for Enlightenment’ in Millbank and the sculpture park in Pallington, Dorset. One of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors, Simon Gudgeon has a signature smooth style that marvellously concentrates spirit and nature. His minimalist, semi-abstract forms depict both movement and emotion of a moment captured with a visual harmony that is unmistakably his own.
In 2009, Gudgeon’s sculpture Isis was installed in Hyde Park, London, the first such installation there for over 50 years. With the support of Halcyon Gallery and the artist, the Isis project has raised more than £1.4 million for The Royal Parks Foundation to fund a new, environmentally friendly children’s education centre – The Look Out – in the heart of the park.
Lorenzo Quinn’s critically acclaimed ‘Leap of Faith’ is on display in the Lorenzo Quinn installation room. Quinn was invited to exhibit the piece at the Winter Palace in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg alongside an exhibition and installation of outdoor sculptures by Henry Moore.
Internationally renowned sculptor Lorenzo Quinn is regarded as one of the leading contemporary sculptors in the world. Inspired by the great masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Carpaux and Rodin, Lorenzo’s monumental sculptures transmit emotion and meaning. His passion and strongly held political and religious views all flow through his work. In Spain, he is best known for brilliantly re-creating the human hand.