Best known for his colorful impressionist scenes of traditional maritime life, Gordon Solomon’s forthcoming solo exhibition explores emotions and their outward expression.
“Dr. Moody,” opening at the National Gallery’s Community Gallery (Dart Auditorium), will offer the artist’s personal interpretation of “human behavior, its different moods and how all are subject to such change,” the painter explained.
Begun in March 2014, Solomon’s whimsical oil on cotton paintings draw inspiration from the universality of emotions.
“There are many things that make us different: our color, creed, language, religions, culture … but our moods, we share. Each painting is done with the intent of stirring a personal recollection,” he added.
Interestingly, Solomon chose to depict animal subjects, in very human situations, to add humor and to show the emotional range we share with lesser animals.
The show’s pictures will be grouped under each of the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.
“I categorized [them] using the senses as we use them to communicate and these very much affect how our moods and how we interpret the world,” the artist said.
The painter explained that his use of oil on cotton for the paintings was influenced by the subject matter.
“Using cold press cotton worked for this particular series and allowed me to capture the essence of the particular moods and experiences and to use washes in different way … I could add more detail, more fluidity,” he added.
Housed in the NGCI’s gallery’s purpose-built project space, the artist-led/self-curated show runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 23.
“Having this additional room enables both established and emerging artists an opportunity to curate their own exhibition and to perhaps present a body of work that is experimental, or outside their usual remit,” said NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart.
Food and refreshments will be served on the opening night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.