Monday, 10 March 2014
In Dark Arcadias at the Union Gallery this month, Edinburgh painter Keith Epps examines what he describes disarmingly as ‘one of the least original ideas in art – Et in Arcadia Ego – where the dark and painful exist within the light and beautiful.’
The trigger for this sequence (24 works) was TV coverage of the 1990s Yugoslav Wars. Here, Epps found it ‘hard to equate those ghastly events happening within such a beautiful setting’.
His paintings are beguilingly attractive (some – like 'Riverbank' above – recalling Constable), and the disturbances he introduces are never viscerally shocking. There is, for example, an easily missed corpse lying head and arms down beside the young tree on the riverbank in question...
Read the full review at the Spurtle website