by Mat Cahill
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Curator Annelien Bruins says:
"The work is titled Snapshots: an interesting contradiction because Mat Cahill must have drawn this work with painstaking precision! I like the analogy with song-writing: Cahill has collected fragments of his imagination (or memory?) and has amalgamated them into a coherent whole. "
Need to know
- Cahill's father was an art teacher and potter. It's in the blood - look out for Mat's ceramic pieces!
- He runs Creative Education consultancy, bringing art into schools and the community
- Cahill worked as Damien Hirst's painting assistant in Devon
Artist Mat Cahill equates the creation of Snap Shots to a song writer’s process when composing. He says, “I look and capture what’s around me and then, unconsciously, I leave a trace of me and that moment on the paper.” Snap Shots captures several moments and individuals, each contained within their own square, but filling and occupying the space together with each other and the traces of the artist that run through them all.
Mat Cahill focuses on human figures, particularly grouped in queues, crowds or grids. It can take up to 400 hours to create a single work.
Individual identities can fall away in a crowd. Cahill's illustrated faces and figures represent all the strangers we might see in a day, and the way we think of people in groups. He celebrates and documents people, sometimes reclaiming individuality by capturing character in a few deft lines. Other times, he reduces people to a sketchy anonymity. Always, he's questioning what it is to be an individual in society.
Product DetailsTypeOriginal ArtYear2012Size16.0cm x 23.0cmReady to hangNoSignedNoMaterialsPen and Ink
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