Internationally acclaimed Pop artist, Paul Oz returns to View Art Gallery after two sell-out appearances in group shows in 2013. The magnitude of his work has become so transcendental that he deserved a solo show to present what is, literally, a beast of a work. A stunning new collection of paintings is inspired by some of the most awesome animals on earth.
These animals come to life in Paul Oz' hands by using his distinctive technique, with a palette knife and oil paint. His intensely thick paint application, in places carved 2cm thick, gives his paintings an incredible 3D effect. He aims for them to cast their own shadows, further intensifying the energy and life in his art.
Majestic mammals, reptiles and birds are featured in the ROAR! exhibition, pleasing all wild animal visual tastes. We are also prompted to consider the conservation of many endangered species and the charitable work done by organisations such as Bristol Zoo Gardens and their sister venue, Wild Place Project, who are collaborating with View in this exhibition.
In addition to wild animals, Paul Oz has taken the opportunity to incorporate his most beloved passion, F1 racing, into the exhibition
theme. 'Skullpture' is a title Paul has named for his creation of skulls of animals representing racing teams, using an astonishing combination of materials, some of which are taken straight from F1 cars and helmets.
ROAR! opens on May 1st and runs to June 29th.