Influenced by outsider and folk art, Cavolo’s vibrant work has a powerful primitive quality. He has developed a distinctive style in which he uses a series of metaphorical symbols to tell an entire life story through a single portrait. In Life & Lives each of Cavolo’s paintings depicts a character living on the margins of society, or as Cavolo puts it, ‘the b-side of life’. His portraits are even more detailed than previous work and filled with minutiae that extends beyond the life of the individual to explore universal themes.

As well as 15 portraits, the installation will include a mural that Cavolo will be painting live in the gallery in the lead up to the opening night.

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