Debut Solo UK Exhibition of Dale Vermin Marshall 'The Fine Art of Graffiti' The Emporium, Stokes Croft, Bristol 10.10.10 Produced & Curated by Art-el Gallery Bristol
An AMAZING opening night saw 100's of people outside in the cold in anticipation of the show opening. A frenzy of activity & excitement for Dales work saw ALL of the 101 paintings sold in under an hour!!
Room 101 will showcase 101 oil paintings completed in 101 days, (during the summer 2010), as well as five additional show paintings and site-specific installations, all deeply reflecting and exposing Vermin’s ongoing battles with the rigours and demands of mental health.
The room 101 theme draws parallels from George Orwell’s novel, 1984, and the artist’s own personal experiences of being incarcerated in a mental institution in 1999.
In total around 140 paintings were finally completed in the 101 days before the artist enforced his stringent quality control to tailor that down to the required number.
All of the works in the exhibition will signal the artists salient diversion to the medium of oil on canvas, resulting in work with subtle backgrounds, impasto and consummate depth. Influenced by past masters and late 1800’s expressionism, yet mixed with Vermin’s highly recognisable piercing letter form and dirty graffiti aesthetic. Some are hectic, others more meditative. no doubt a reflection of the constant ebb and flow of a schizophrenic mind.
Vermin’s oil paintings have already been lauded by members of the perceived graffiti establishment, as well as catching the eye of curators and collectors of contemporary fine art. His work is already owned by established collectors in the Far East, Europe, Australia and the US.
The show opens at 6.30pm on the 9th October 2010, at The Emporium, Stokes Croft, Bristol.
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