EXHIBITION: 09 Dec 2016 – 03 Feb 2017
Lanchester Research Gallery, Graham Sutherland Building, Coventry University
Lanchester Research Gallery is delighted to welcome you to the private view of Jonathan Waller’s exhibition Preparatory Studies and Drawings for The Seven Ages of Man
This exhibition surveys Jonathan Waller’s preparatory studies and research undertaken for his seminal exhibition ‘The Seven Ages of Man’, commissioned by Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
In his preliminary work, Waller reflects on material from historical archives, Shakespeare’s oeuvre and the use of allegory in painting. He experiments with the interplay between image and text, especially the mediation of Shakespearean language with his own visual language, and the symbolic qualities of colour and composition.
While drawing is essential to Waller’s work, he uses a principal register of gouache, charcoal, pencils and pastels in his sketchbooks. His annotations reveal an ongoing preoccupation with the themes of the life-cycle and emotional understandings of colour.
The reproduction of Waller’s sketchbooks provide an in-depth look at the artist at work, and illustrates the careful artistic and research processes that go into an artist’s final compositions. Waller’s seven paintings will be displayed alongside the preparatory work, revealing the modifications he made through the creative process.