Dickon Drury

To Be The Key

Opening Friday Nov 22nd, 2019

Exhibition period Nov 23rd 2019 – Jan 12th 2020

To Be The Key, 2019
Oil on Flax
180 x 250 cm

Oscillating between fiction and illusion, Drury’s images embrace the uncanny as a vehicle for investigating the practice of painting. Best known for his large-scale oil paintings, Drury also makes prints, pastel drawings and watercolours.

Fluid lines and vibrant fields of colour play a key role in the construction of his images, which include recurring liminal motifs of shadow, reflection, and refraction. The world he creates is an off-kilter echo of our own. Perspectives are bent while picture planes are flattened and littered with visual puns and nods to personal and art histories.

Drury’s new body of work employs a saturated palette to depict unpopulated interiors. Informed by ideas of house-sitting, these paintings offer us an opportunity to snoop around domestic spaces that are not our own. Standoffish and quiet at first, the images track the progress of a fictional house-guest as they begin to make themselves at home.

Dickon Drury (b.1986, Salisbury, UK) Completed a BFA in Fine Art Painting at Falmouth College of Art before graduating from his MFA in Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2016.
Solo shows include The Who’s Who Of Whos at Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2016) IF THE SEA WAS WHISKEY at Frutta, Rome (2017) and Holed Up at Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger (2018)
Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at Carlos Ishikawa for CONDO London in January 2020 and a solo show at Koppe Astner in late 2020.

Goofing at the Table, 2019
Oil on Flax
250 x 200 cm
To Be The Key
Installation view
Reading Room, 2019
Oil on Flax
200 x 150 cm
Honey Lamb in the Winter Garden, 2019
Oil on Flax
210 x 150 cm
After Dinner, 2019
Oil on Flax
150 x 200 cm
Entrance Hall. 2019
Oil on Flax
250 x 180 cm
Family Dresser, 2019
Oil on Flax
200 x 150 cm
To Be The Key
Installation view