‘Standing Stones’ at The Walker

Image: Terry Duffy next to ‘Poem in the Rock’ 2002 (Diptych)

Duffy’s 2 diptychs and a triptych are looking really impressive in ‘the flat’ – the open area on the first floor at the Walker. From a distance and close up they’re quite fascinating.

Standing Stones
Terry Duffy at the Walker Art Gallery
26 April – 8 June 2008


‘Standing Stones’, a display of work by Liverpool-born international artist Terry Duffy, runs at the Walker Art Gallery from 26 April to 8 June 2008. The title ‘Standing Stones’ is a metaphor for humanity. It expresses Duffy’s long-term fascination with humankind’s legacy and the decisions made for good or evil by individuals, groups, societies and cultures. Duffy’s work questions the very nature of painting by producing works of ambiguous and sculptural shapes. In his work brush strokes all but disappear within a membrane of colour and the slightest scratch, blemish or incision becomes crucial.

‘Standing Stones’ features three fascinating pieces, including the first display of the diptych ‘Somewhere between life and death we make decisions 2008’. This diptych further demonstrates Duffy’s interest in experimenting in oils on sheer ‘hot pressed board’ which he rips away creating dynamic shapes that suggest the human form whilst retaining ambiguity. The display also features the large ‘RS Thomas Triptych’, which formed the centre piece of the poet RS Thomas’ commemoration at the Welsh Assembly, Cardiff in 2000. The work portrays in abstract form the passion and intensity of this internationally renowned poet. The triptych has previously been exhibited in London and Berlin. In the diptych ‘Poem in the rock’, completed in 2002, shape appears to act as a visual metaphor for the human torso, created with vibrant colours. The overall work suggests a positive sense of humanity.

Terry Duffy says: “’Standing Stones’ will provide a fascinating and unique opportunity to contrast these unpredictably shaped spatial abstracts against the vast classical symmetry of the Walker Art Gallery”.

‘Standing Stones’ is the first of a series of exhibitions by Terry Duffy to be held at various venues in Liverpool during its year as European Capital of Culture.