If you enjoyed viewing Jason Greig's work in the exhibition De Lautour / Greig / Hammond, which is on now at the Christchurch Art Gallery's space at NG on Madras street, then make sure you don't miss his exhibition Jekyll and Hyde currently running at SOFA Gallery at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.
Jason's Jekyll and Hyde suite of monoprints are some of the his best and well worth the effort of visiting Ilam. But what really impressed me with this show however was the extraordinary selection of working sketches that accompany the monoprints. Simply taped to the wall around 40 drawings provide a fascinating insight into the artist's working method. The show runs until 8 March.
De Lautour / Greig / Hammond
An exciting opportunity to see new work by leading Canterbury artists Tony de Lautour, Jason Greig and Bill Hammond
The Devil Made Me Do It
This first survey of Jason Greig's foreboding, otherworldly landscapes, seascapes and figures reveals a sinister side of the human psyche.
Back in the 1990s, Jason Greig famously said that heavy metal band Black Sabbath was the thing that got him up and going and wanting to draw. It’s a line that’s often been quoted in relation to his work, probably because it seems to be at odds with the refinement and virtuosity of his printmaking technique, or the venerable tradition of artists in which he works—Redon, Goya, Piranesi. Greig said that Black Sabbath’s music was fuel: “the imagery and the weight of it […] I do heavy, laden drawings, dense. When I hear some really loud guitars it gives me the same sort of feeling.”
The images collected here span nearly two decades and reveal a remarkably consistent imagination, forged in Greig’s reading of nineteenth-century gothic novelists such as Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe, and what he describes as the “battle of good and evil” in mid-twentieth century movies. Light falls across blasted volcanic landscapes; isolated figures clutch books or brandish scythes; sinister deals of one sort or another appear to be in the process of playing out. The corners of most of the images are dark, vignetted like an early photograph. For Greig, the past is full of unfinished business. “I guess it’s about wearing your lineage on your sleeve. I reckon that images of last century are catching up with this.”
Greig’s figures are versions of himself, “but I try to disguise it a bit”. They evoke psychological states of alienation and estrangement, and depict life as a long strange journey into the unknown. “My art is about love, lost and found. It’s about dark lonely places, imagined and real. And it’s about the constant naggin’ thought that the end is always nearer. I have dealt with my demons, in life and on pieces of pummelled paper. The road I have travelled has been paved with gold that shines, and with bile that fumes.”
(Your Hotel Brain 13 May 2017 - 8 July 2018)