William Crozier: Savagery Beneath The Surface at Piano Nobile Kings Place


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Piano Nobile presents William Crozier: Savagery Beneath the Surface, an exhibition showcasing the paintings of William Crozier, staged in collaboration with a major retrospective of Crozier's entire career held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, William Crozier: The Edge of the Landscape. Profoundly affected by post-war existential philosophy, Crozier consciously allied himself and his work with contemporary European art throughout the 1950s and 1960s, towards painters such as Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung and Nicolas de Stael. The landscape became the source of visceral paintings: instinctive, animated brush strokes convey the primitive energy Crozier unearthed in the natural world. For Crozier, ravaged landscapes symbolised the torment and fear of the post-war condition at the heart of existentialism. From the 1980s, Crozier's paintings assumed a vivid radiance. Inspired by the landscape of West Cork, a melancholic disquiet is as present in these vibrant mature works as in his early images of traumatised humanity. William Crozier: Savagery Beneath the Surface shows the continuum that runs through all of Crozier's work, presenting his expressionistic prowess that distills primitivism with the unease of modernity. A major publication produced by IMMA will accompany this exhibition with new essays by Riann Coulter, Katharine Crouan, Mark Hudson, Enrique Juncosa, Sean Kissane, and Sarah Turner.

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Kings Place

90 York Way
King's Cross
N1 9AG
+44 (0)20 7520 1460
Public transport:
Kings Cross St Pancras International Euston

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