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Fine Art Lecturer's Work Makes India Tour
The British Council has selected work by Angus Pryor, a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art for its touring programme which showcases examples of contemporary British painting in India.
Pryor's semi-abstract painting, Deluge (2007), composed from oil-based paint and builders' caulk, transposes the apocalyptic motif of Noah's Ark which is shown submerged under the Adriatic waters around Venice. School of Arts Professor, Amanda Beech, welcomed the selection, noting of the work:
"Pryor's Deluge sharply encrypts the iconography of mass culture to the status of its visceral materialities, disassembling the world of culture (including the medium of paint itself) to the status of a more organic matter.
Through an intense lexicon of disorientating and clashing figures the work brings us to a desublimated mass of fragments that collide in such a way as to produce two dynamic counter-forces operating within the single frame: First, a language of excess eclipses the monumentality of its title, "Deluge"; and second, a language of degradation undermines any hopes for such epic naturalism. In this, the work promises the excitement of the termination and the resuscitation of culture".
The British Council tour, designed to introduce recent and contemporary trends in British art to new audiences, will be showcasing work at nine venues throughout the Indian sub-continent.
Previously, Deluge appeared at the Post – Conceptual Art Practice: New Directions – Part One exhibition at Canary Wharf in April. More