Exhibition | Skin Deep by Oliver Jones | Contemporary Art at Berrington Hall | Leominster | Art Week

Skin Deep by Oliver Jones

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 to Sunday, 10 May 2020

Meadow Arts presents a new exhibition in partnership with National Trust. Artist Oliver Jones invites us to look at our own times in an impressive series of large-scale pastel drawings. Sometimes shocking, often melancholy or humorous, these extraordinary works take their place on the ground floor of Berrington Hall. Like a sudden invasion of hyper-reality, Jones’ pseudo-portraits (cropped to resemble social media formats) jar and stand out, but they also seem strangely at home in the beautiful Georgian rooms.

Touching on issues of self-obsession and self-esteem, the series illustrates a contemporary quest for beauty and perfection that takes in plastic surgery, skin treatments and body modification.

Perfection and beauty are themes that occupy our modern lives, particularly on social media, but they were also concerns of Berrington’s original designers and occupants. We may have found new ways of communicating our ideals of the perfect life, the perfect landscape and ideal beauty, but the intentions are nothing new.

Come on a journey of exploration at Berrington Hall, where the past and present spark new conversations.

Usual National Trust admission charges apply.

#skindeepmeadowarts #ntberrington



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Oliver Jones is an award-winning visual artist, working from his studios in rural Shropshire, after spending the first part of his career working from and co-running studios in Birmingham. His work is collected and exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in some highly notable public and private collections throughout the UK, Los Angeles and Istanbul. Of particular note was his critically well-received Love the Skin You’re In, his first North Atlantic solo show at GUSFORD|los angeles. The drawings in the show depicted commonly used slogans and industry tag lines, identified in their titles - however, their images described a reality far from the usual glossy photographs that appear in magazines and advertising. Instead, they presented images far closer to a reality found in beauty rituals and cosmetic regimes - and reflected a scrutiny of the surface of flesh and an honesty in how it is more commonly experienced.


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Berrington Hall,




Other shows from Meadow Arts

Skin Deep by Oliver Jones
03/14/2020 to 05/10/2020
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