ROAD Studios: Jacob Gourley: Connection

ROAD Studios: Jacob Gourley: Connection
ROAD Studios: Jacob Gourley: Connection

Venue: Road Studios
Dates: 12/03/2018 - 28/03/2018
Times: All Day

Jacob Gourley

Wirral/Liverpool based artist

Largely figurative and working predominantly in oil paint, my work combines classical representation with a modern eye for abstraction. With areas of illusion set aside geometric sections of colour, I attempt to unite elements from the classical European tradition and the Modern Era.

Connection‘ 12/03/2018 until 28/03

Every day I take the 437 bus to and from my art studio. On my journey(s), I observe the other passengers who, like me, will try and isolate themselves within the public, often crowded, circumstances, through the social ‘security’ of their mobile phones or other handheld devices.  With often limited means, I attempt to discretely capture these people on paper, whilst being aware that my gaze may be caught in the act of invading the invisible social barrier that technology has created for them. Therefore, unlike a mere fly on the wall, I am implicated in the subject matter; I am one of the passengers who are all involved in this game of trying to avoid the gaze of everyone else. These quick, shaky drawings later become the subject matter for my paintings, which attempt to convey this stealthy interchange of fleeting glances within the bus.