An exhibition of work by contemporary artist Lorenzo Quinn at one of Halcyon Gallery’s three Mayfair spaces this month. On show is a range of figurative sculptures, with semi-religious overtones. Until 19.04.11.
The series, comprising five female Gravity sculptures, marks a new stage in Quinn’s creative development and is a particularly interesting example of the artist’s pursuit of an idea through new materials, in this case marble and glass. Quinn progresses the work from a block of roughly hewn marble evocative of its natural environment, through five states of transition; each state a refinement on the last until the series concludes with a piece in polished glass. Taking as inspiration his original Gravity series, created in 2006 in bronze in which the man supports the woman, Quinn reverses the position of the figures that provide the central motif for this body of work. His figures remain static as the materials and shapes around them change.
For Ovid, metamorphosis was a universal principle that explained the nature of the world: Troy falls, Rome rises. Ovid’s interpretation paradoxically suggests that transformation is a constant and so highlights the necessity of balance in our world. Quinn’s series Metamorphosis illustrates the balance necessary between man and woman.
“It is essential to find a balance in life. Many times that balance is achieved with the help of the people who surround us and hold us firmly to the ground and without whom we would float into perdition”
Halcyon Gallery (29 New Bond Street), 29 New Bond Street, Piccadilly, W1S 2RL
Quinn was born in Rome, Italy and is the son of the Mexican American actor Anthony Quinn and Iolanda Quinn (Jolanda Addolori). Quinn was raised in both the United States and Italy and presently lives in Barcelona, Spain. It was in Rome where he discovered his love for art and started out as a painter in 1982, training at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York.