“Ultima Thule” is a philosophical term for the furthest known place. From the personal point of view of a practitioner working in abstraction, it is an appropriate name for this body of work. Here, the artist is in a constant mode of searching, yet the act of searching can lead the artist down paths and to places that were not the original intended destination.
Using techniques such as layering and washing, choice of colour and motif – an overarching architype develops and a language forms. This is a selection of paintings on paper and canvas that examines a journey of experimentation and consolidation. “Ultima Thule” invites the viewer to interrogate and experience a similar journey, using the works as a map.
Opening Reception of Ultima Thule - An exhibition of paintings by John Kent on Thursday 12th May, 6-8pm at Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay. All Welcome.
The exhibition runs from 13th May - 8th June, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. There is a free 20min tour every Thursday at 1pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
About John Kent
Kent’s work is influenced by the idea of language, its interpretation through consciousness, and cognitive mechanisms behind the act of understanding. In utilising the language of painting, his intention is to convey a tangible understanding to the more innate qualities of human existence.
Exhibition Info & Artist Statement https://backwaterartists.ie/ultima-thule-an-exhibiton-by-john-kent-12th-may-8th-june/