Robert McNally

Solitaire Ending Sequence

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite and acrylic on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 30.5 cm

About the work

My practice revolves entirely around drawing. I have a personal language of images and repeating motifs running throughout my larger more indulgent works, and the smaller pieces such as these feed into that or provide respite.

I mark time with my drawings, they are like flags in the ground or messages in bottles for myself and for anyone else. Much of this year was spent working in a gas mask and playing games like solitaire while waiting for things to happen so that I could move forward, and I draw gradient wheels as an exercise of recalibration following periods of time away from drawing.

About the artist:

Born 1982 Gateshead, Robert McNally lives and works in London. Graduated from Camberwell College of Arts (2005).

Constructed meaning becoming truth is at the heart of McNally’s work. From mass-media and news channels to the zone where the Dark Arts meet pseudo-science.The subjects of McNally’s work consist in denial, ignorance, ridiculousness, satire, parable, allegory, hypocrisy, anachronism, relationship with history, ambivalence, the fine line between faith and understanding, manipulation and gullibility.

His works are held in public and private collections including Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Soveriegn Art Foundation, Olbricht Collection, Robert and Renee Drake, West Collection, Museo da Cidade Lisbon, Damien Hirst Murderme collection, Ekard Collection, and Benetton Foundation.

Selected solo exhibitions include Drawings from the Hermit’s Cave, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2017); Auf Wiedersehen, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (2018); Shyster, Chisler and Quack, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2015); and Artist of the Day, Flowers Gallery, London (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe tm, Sheffield (2018); In the Pines, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2017); Washington 186, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels (2017); Group exhibition, Spinnerai, Leipzig (2016); Wonderful, Me Collectors Room, Berlin (2012); and Extravagant, Shameless, Unlimited, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012).

← Jeff McMillan

Untitled (Sanpietrino-Rome)

Robert McNally →

Gradient Wheel

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