BERLONI is proud to present Shōzō [肖像]- a decade of portraits and places by award-winning British figurative painter Carl Randall, in a synoptic exploration of Modern Japan.
In 2003 Carl was awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Scholarship to continue his painting career in Tokyo, during which time he was selected to be artist in residence in Hiroshima City, to document the survivors of the Atomic Bomb, some works of which can be seen here.
More recently 2012 saw the artist win the prestigious BP Travel Prize, awarded by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The commission was to paint the people and places along the Tokaido Road as it exists today – a route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto.
Carl’s extended period of time spent in Tokyo and the years between was used to develop his interest in both cities and portraiture, and can be separated loosely into two parts. On the one hand large panels and Japanese sheets in oil, acrylic, and ink depict densely packed groups of faces, inspired by the crowds of Tokyo. Each individual is painted from life; countless sitters one by one visited the artist in his studio, one face added to the next in a growing map of characters. The work is a response to the overpopulation and remoteness, community and anonymity of the typical city dweller. Sprawls of people occupy the very same closed public space, whilst minting isolation from the other, a very modern Tokyo phenomena.
The second strand of work combines people and places, narrative figure compositions tell the quotidian story of those individuals Randall would encounter in their world he had come to be a part of. Neon placards and corporational Ads cast light on alleyways and high streets; consumer culture overload works its cogs in the form of lines of people, and of prowling ponytailed temptresses.
Duration 17 September 2014 - 15 November 2014
Times Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-3
Cost Free
Venue Berloni
Address 63 Margaret Street London W1W 8SW, ,
Contact 020 7729 7797 / /

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