Baseborn Bounties Jon Mac Nair & Nick Sheehy

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Antler Gallery is thrilled to present our latest two-person show featuring new series by Jon MacNair & Nick Sheehy. While MacNair has created a feature show in each of the five years the gallery has been open, Sheehy is showing with us for the first time having previously contributed to group shows.

Jon MacNair - Working exclusively in india ink on paper Jon MacNair is a meticulous observer of his craft as well as a creative wizard. In his career to date he has constructed a multi-layered, infinitely compelling alternate world filled with an array of recurring characters. Those who are familiar with his paintings are able to plot a narrative through each series based on an understanding of the genesis and story of each. Those viewing it for the first time are offered a snippet of something grand, a breadcrumb which might lead them into a fantastical landscape if they’re willing take that first step. The narrative of this new body of work is largely informed by current events and the emotions they’re stirring in MacNair, leading us into the "Garden of Untruths" to be pursued by harbingers of diversion, dread and chaos among other beastly beings. While most of the work is a reflection of the general climate, certain pieces reference specific issues directly such as "Besieged" and "The Hunt" which are a commentary on aggressive immigration policy.

Nick Sheehy - Although he lives and works in the UK, Sheehy is Australian by birth. His painstakingly constructed illustrations are created through a process of intense layering which builds into beautiful and fully rendered imagery. His character-based works have typically been produced in graphite previously but in this new series he continues to explore his development into the world of color with mixed media paintings. This has been a gradual process and these paintings represent another step on a journey away from the monochrome works, a palette which he says remind him of death, morning and loss, toward a fuller albeit still unnerving atmosphere. Exploring themes around conflict and constraint, aggression and repression, greed and destruction, Sheehy is not only commenting on his own experience, in what he describes as semi-autobiographical works, but also on our innate nature.
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